After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin. Her opponents are men-thieves and assassins and warriors from across the empire, each sponsored by a member of the king’s council. If she beats her opponents in a series of eliminations, she’ll serve the kingdom for three years and then be granted her freedom. Celaena finds her training sessions with the captain of the guard, Westfall, challenging and exhilarating. But she’s bored stiff by court life. Things get a little more interesting when the prince starts to show interest in her… but it’s the gruff Captain Westfall who seems to understand her best. Then one of the other contestants turns up dead… quickly followed by another. Can Celaena figure out who the killer is before she becomes a victim? As the young assassin investigates, her search leads her to discover a greater destiny than she could possibly have imagined
Forgive this section for I read this book awhile ago. This was a really cool book. What really got me was when I read the inspiration for the book. The author wrote “What if Cinderella was an assassin, and went to the ball not to dance with the prince, but to kill him?” That is what really enticed me. Calaena was a really interesting character. You could fully support her and follow her as she went on her journey. Also, Chaol and Dorian are terrific love interests for her. Even one of the fellow competitors (a thief) was interesting. Calaena may have been too perfect but she had her subtle flaws as well. There seems to be a large world to be explored (wyrds, fae, and more) and I really hope that there are more books.