by Sarah J. Maas
Publish Date: May 7, 2013
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens
How did I get my hand on a copy? I bought it
My Rating: ♥♥♥♥
In a land without magic, where the king rules with an iron hand, an assassin is summoned to the castle. She comes not to kill the king, but to win her freedom. If she defeats twenty-three killers, thieves, and warriors in a competition, she is released from prison to serve as the king’s champion. Her name is Celaena Sardothien.
The Crown Prince will provoke her. The Captain of the Guard will protect her. But something evil dwells in the castle of glass–and it’s there to kill. When her competitors start dying one by one, Celaena’s fight for freedom becomes a fight for survival, and a desperate quest to root out the evil before it destroys her world.
I’ve owned this book for a while, first on my kindle, then I bought a hard copy of it. There are certain books which I try reading on my kindle, and for whatever reason, I am just not able to continue on, so then I stop reading it. This was one of those books. I tried reading it when it first came out, then stopped. I had been seeing a lot of hype about the release of Heir of Fire, the third book in the series, and decided I had to try it again since so many people seemed to enjoy. So, after buying a paperback version, I started it again. I am glad I did.
I enjoyed reading this book. Calaena Sardothien is a badass, arrogant assassin who is released from prison to fight as the Crown Prince’s champion in a competition. She has to defeat 23 thieves, murders, and assassins to be the king’s champion (incidentally, the same king that threw her into prison and ordered the guards to give her special attention). I both loved and hated Calaena, to be honest. She is a strong woman, who was not broken in the year that she spent in a horrific prison. Yet, she is also very arrogant, which I can understand since before she was thrown in prison, she was the most feared assassin in the country. I just wish in this story I could have seen more of what lay behind her confidence.
There is not much action in this story, mostly her practicing for the trials, bodies being found in horrific conditions, with the most action the book sees at the end when four competitors go head to head to win the title of the king’s champion. With the competition being the main reason she was taken out of prison, Sarah Maas spent precious little time on that story line. Instead, another plot line of competitors murders took over the story. While they do have significance to the story, I was slightly disappointed with this. Also, why would they trust these thieves, murders, assassins with weapons? Why would they let the Prince be so close to someone who could in a few seconds, slit their throat? And to fall in love with them? It bothered me, I’ll be honest.
I was slightly bothered by the love triangle that seemed to develop. If you don’t know it already, I have a hate love triangles, since they seem to be the crutch that a lot of authors fall back on lately. It seemed for a while like it was going in that direction.
For all of that, I did enjoy the book. I am looking forward to starting the second book, Crown of Midnight. I’ve heard the next books are a lot better than the first, so I can’t wait to get to them.