“My name is Celaena Sardothien. But it makes no difference if my name’s Celaena or Lillian or Bitch, because I’d still beat you, no matter what you call me.”
I’ve read Maas’ ACOTAR and ACOMAF and loved both immensely. I am among the legion impatiently waiting for ACOWAR that is why it doesn’t come as a surprise that I would start this series too.
The thing is, I’m late to this series and if I will commit, this will be quite a lengthy read. However, my husband included some of the books in the series as part of his surprise wedding gift so I really have to read it to not let the gift go to waste.
Initially, I tried not to set high expectations for this book. The premise is not so new, a female assassin with something to prove and evil to prevent.
But what I did not expect was for me to enjoy the book as much as I did. I can’t believe I waited this long to start this series!!!!
Celaena Sardothien – the name alone receives my seal of approval. She is feisty, vain, a girl yet a hardcore warrior. She is witty and sarcastic and takes crap from no one. She is broken and damaged and having survived everything she’s been through, she can oftentimes be aloof and arrogant.
There are two prominent males in this story, Dorian and Chaol. I do not care what ship you’re rooting for but all I know is that I adore Chaol’s character more. He is quiet, brooding, a bit of a mystery yet protective towards Celaena. And although I am Team Chaol (for now), Dorian is also a character to love. He is sweet, a bookworm and we can see his more mature side slowly emerging as the story progress.
Aside from the main characters, Maas was able to bring to life these secondary characters who are as developed as her main ones. For starters, I love Nehemia and cannot wait to know more of her story. There’s also the dead queen and the King of Adarlan, characters who do not have a lot of exposure but are still impacting and relevant to the story. I also feel that this side of Celaena is just the first layer and I cannot wait to get to know her more.
I love the plot and the world building. I am astonished at the intensity of the deaths and the feeling of being transported to another world. However, I felt that certain parts of the story were a bit predictable and it was just matter of how Maas will let the story unfold. With that said, I am just in awe of how Maas shaped this world, how she let the plot flow and how she made a mark and let this story of hers shine.
For all of you wanting an action packed fantasy, this one’s for you. Just don’t expect much on the romance side because you won’t get much in that premise. Though Celaena, Dorian and Chaol are both well developed characters, I am glad that they were able to stand on their own without relying too much on a love triangle or romance aspect.
SJM is now one of my favorites and I will definitely finish this series.
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 four 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.