***Warning: This review contains spoilers. If you wish to not know what goes on throughout this book, read the synopsis, and don’t read any other part of this review.***
“Nothing is a coincidence. Everything has a purpose. You were meant to come to this castle, just as you were meant to be an assassin.”
When magic has gone from the world, and a vicious king rules from his throne of glass, an assassin comes to the castle. She does not come to kill, but to win her freedom. If she can defeat twenty-three killers, thieves, and warriors in a competition to find the greatest assassin in the land, she will become the King’s Champion and be released from prison.
Her name is Celaena Sardothien.
The Crown Prince will provoke her. The Captain of the Guard will protect her.
And a princess from a foreign land will become the one thing Celaena never thought she’d have again: a friend.
But something evil dwells in the castle—and it’s there to kill. When her competitors start dying, horribly, one by one, Celaena’s fight for freedom becomes a fight for survival—and a desperate quest to root out the source of the evil before it destroys her world.”
Celaena: she is our main protagonist. I believe that she is eighteen and she is Adarlan’s Assassin. She is badass, intelligent, lethal, can be caring…I just really enjoyed her character. She is so diverse and multifaceted. I think she was developed really well.
Chaol: he is the captain of the royal guard and is Dorian’s best friend. He has developed some feelings for Celaena and is very jealous of the way Dorian is looking at Celaena and how they are acting towards each other. He is a good guy, and I do ship him with Celaena.
Dorian: he is the prince and is most definitely in love with Celaena, whether he knows it or not. I am a Celorian shipper as of right now. I love their banter and heated relationship, though it isn’t technically a relationship. I love how he gives her books and she gives him some in return. I just really love the two of them together.
Kaltain: I hate her. I hate how bloodthirsty she is for the crown, and I really hope she dies. I just wish she would disappear and leave my beautiful Dorian alone. He obviously hates her, and I sincerely hope she doesn’t get anywhere near the crown. I think when she got the crown, she would kill Dorian. I really do.
Nehemia: she is the princess of Eyllwe and she is the best friend of Celaena. She hides her own secrets, but she will always be faithful to Celaena.
So the story starts off with Celaena being in the mines when she is escorted out by Chaol and other royal guards. She is then brought to Dorian who assesses her and I really loved Celaena right off the bat. She’s snarky, sarcastic, and really badass. So then they start making a journey to the castle to present her before the King and then she is to compete in a competition to be the King’s Champion.
So she does that. She becomes friends with a princess named Nehemia and crosses paths with that bitch Kaltain. So she goes through several tests and her competitors start dying. One night she notices a door in her room that leads through these tunnels and through a way out. She is visited by the spirit, if you will, of the first Queen, Elena, who tells her that she needs to stop this evil spirit that’s been killing them off and she needs to win the competition. She gives her an amulet for protection.
Meanwhile, her relationship is building between her and Dorian and between her and Chaol. She starts distrusting Nehemia, knowing the young Princess is keeping secrets. She starts noticing these marks around the bodies and researches them, but comes up blank. Then she notices some underneath her bed. She quickly scrubs them clean. The next day, she attends the ball (though she was told she wasn’t allowed to go) and she pretty much dances the entire time with Dorian (after failing to convince Chaol to dance with her) and then while he is getting a drink, she leaves and finds he has beaten her up to her room.
They have a steamy kissing scene and I was screaming, “YES. YES. YES.” at my book unashamedly. Then he leaves and she goes to her balcony, not realizing Chaol was staring up at her before going to bed. So it comes time for the test and Celaena beats Grave, but she is drugged by Kaltain, (oh, how I want to murder that woman). She nearly dies, but Nehemia and the spirit of Elena helps her to rid the drug in her system and beat Cain. Cain tries to stab her in the back, but Chaol kills him.
Nehemia later reveals that she was fighting Cain’s demon monsters and was protecting Celaena. She breaks off things with Dorian and the story ends with her signing the contract.
This book was so good. It did take me forever to read because it is high fantasy, and I am not a huge fan of high fantasy, but it was still fabulous. I loved all of the characters (minus Kaltain and the assholes in the book), and I am super excited to see what will be happening in the next book. I literally have no clue. I have no theories. And there is something really exciting about that. I loved Sarah J. Maas’s writing, and I hope to read more of her. I highly recommend this book.
I would just like to apologize really quickly with how scatter-brained this review is. It took me over a month to read this, and I am sure I forgot many of the events that happened.