My Rating: 4 stars out of 5
I had my doubts prior to reading this. I loved her ACOTAR series and this obviously wouldn’t be the same. I went with an open mind and no expectations. But this is Sarah J. Maas after all and she has the power to blow you away with her story telling.
Celaena (aka Selina) is the world’s deadliest assassin. She somehow finds herself captured and serving time in a slave camp where she is brutally tortured, it’s a wonder she’s still alive. Until after a year the Prince, Dorian, asks her to come and take part in a teat which could make her the kings champion and she could ultimately gain her freedom after four years. How could she resist freedom?
The tests were rather average though for how important it was they find the most capable person. But that didn’t deter me in the least.
I really liked how confident Celaena was. She never doubted herself in any regard. She was strong and she knew it. There was none of that self doubt as she was aware from the beginning that she held the title of the world’s best assassin so no one could match her.
I loved her banter with Dorian and how easy going he was. He might have been a flirt but I am keeping my fingers crossed for both of them in particular. I’d definitely like to see more scenes with Dorian and Celaena. I hope their friendship always stays in tact. Of course Chaol (Cole?) also intrigued me. He was a lot like Celaena in the sense that he was lonely and they wouldn’t be approached by other suitors because of their ‘low’ rank. I think he hides a lot of his kindness behind a mean mask though. I am so excited to see how his character develops in the next book.
Overall, a fantastic read. I am so ready to continue this series and see what happens next!
“We all bear scars… Mine just happen to be more visible than most.”