***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.***
“An assassin’s loyalties are always in doubt but her heart never wavers
Assassin Celaena Sardothien won a brutal contest to become the King’s Champion. But she is far from loyal to the crown. Though she hides her secret vigilantly, her deadly charade becomes difficult when she realizes she is not the only one seeking justice. No one is above questioning her allegiance—not the Crown Prince Dorian; not Chaol, the Captain of the Guard; not even her best friend, Nehemia, a foreign princess with a rebel heart.
Then, one terrible night, the secrets they have all been keeping lead to an unspeakable tragedy. As Celaena’s world shatters, she will be forced to decide once and for all where her true loyalties lie … and whom she is willing to fight for.”
Celaena Sardothien: she is badass, has gone through a world of pain, is an assassin, and is a full-blood Fae.
Chaol Westfall: he loves Celaena. He will do anything for her, will do anything to protect her. I friend-shipped him with her, but did eventually relation-ship them. He is very strong and wants to protect those he loves.
Dorian Havilliard: he annoyed me throughout most of this book. We learn that he has magic, he loves Celaena and will do just about anything for her (at least I think…). He was not around a lot, which annoyed the hell out of me. He is pretty entertaining, charming, witty, sarcastic, and even though he irritated me a little bit, I am still a Celorian shipper.
Princess Nehemia: she is Celaena’s best friend and we learn that she has been organizing s rebellion, but soon realizes that the person in charge only wants to take the power for himself. She is assassinated and this is the point where I cried in the book.
Archer: I did not consider him a threat. Like, at all. I didn’t trust him, but I did not think he would be a huge, major player in this game, a real threat to Celaena. At the end of this book, I really was glad that she killed that stupid bastard.
So the story starts off with Celaena “killing” this couple. She brings the head to the King and that’s that. It starts to showcase how close Chaol and Celaena are becoming (the problem with this series is wanting to ship Celaena with EVERYONE). Essentially, they are best friends. It just makes me smile when they are in the same room together. Be advised I am still a Celorian shipper at this point in time.
So we learn that Celaena knows these to be good people, so she gives them the option of fleeing and never using that name again or dying. So they all run. I think this really showcases her character. So she gets her next assignment which is Archer, a courtesan and rumored rebel. Chaol insists on being with her when they meet and becomes very jealous. So she ends up going back to meet him and finds out that he is not part of any sort of rebellion. So he helps her get information on this organization that might be spurring a rebellion. She has to go to this party and get in the man’s, Davis, office. She does and finds information on Wyrdmarks, a whole book of them.
Davis finds her in his office, they fight, he cuts her with a knife with this paralyzing poison and she just barely makes it to the castle and collapses in Chaol’s bedroom. She is healed. So Chaol’s birthday comes up so she takes him to dinner that she organized. They kiss (after he says that when she gets the hell out of dodge, he will go with her) and we learn that they are officially together and they have sex (her first time; I was squealing and then I realized at this point I am Team Chaol; I have no idea what the ship name is. Chelaena? I have no idea.) and then Chaol is kidnapped.
Turns out Archer was the leader of that organization and he had him kidnapped. So she runs in there and kills about fifteen people to get to Chaol. Turns out Nehemia is the real leader and her life was threatened and Chaol knew about it. So she rushes off to save her only to realize she is too late. She tries to kill Chaol (I was in school during this scene and if I wasn’t, I would be screaming. I was sobbing. SOBBING.) and Dorian stops her. She is knocked out and taken to the dungeon.
Eventually she is let out and she hardly eats, never leaves her room. Until she figures out that Grave is the one who had Nehemia killed. So she goes down to the tomb for weapons (taking Gavin’s sacred sword) and a whole bunch of other knives and goes after him. She kills him, cuts off his head, and brings it to the King. She exposes the minister for having Nehemia killed and hands the King the list of traitors she killed. He pays her double what he normally does and has the minister brought down to the dungeons.
So Chaol visits his father (who is in the castle) and he is trying to use Chaol to get Celaena at his disposal and weasel Chaol back into going home and becoming the heir. He refuses and threatens his father to stay away from Celaena or “else”, though that isn’t the actual wording.
So Celaena goes to Nehemia’s grave and sings this old song from no language Chaol had heard and he finds out that it is in Fae language, meaning she is Fae, meaning her parents that were slaughtered were slaughtered because of their Fae blood and she was a noble. (I have accepted that ship has sunk and crashed and burned at this point) Dorian and Celaena get to talking and he later invites her to have dinner with him in his chambers. She does and they for once are acting at least a little bit normal.
I think I forgot to mention that she figures out that the eye in the ceiling of the tomb is matched to the eye on Gavin’s sword and she matches it and finds a poem there. She is trying to figure it out. No luck.
So she goes to the witch from the carnival who tells her it is the three Wyrdkeys that when put together, unlock the Wyrdgate. The King has one at least. The witch tries to kill her, but she eventually gets an axe and cuts off the head of the witch and then throws her head and body into the hot oven.
So Celaena goes to the catacombs below the library and unlocks all of the doors (unbeknownst to her, she is being followed by Dorian; I am already shipping it again guys) and realizes that she is in the clocktower and the creature in it that ends up chasing her are both created by the King with the Wyrdkey. So she runs and Dorian runs with her at one point and he ends up trying to use his magic to stop the creature from getting to them. But it doesn’t work (though Celaena does see), so she says a spell from the book The Walking Dead (I couldn’t take it seriously; I kept laughing at the name) to make it stop and then she kills it.
So they head up to his room and talk for a bit about their powers (she of course doesn’t tell him anything about the creature being because of his father) and then she goes down to the tomb and figures out another part of the riddle.
So she figures out that the King has two Wyrdkeys and then she wants to speak to Nehemia and opens a portal (like an effing idiot) and she can’t close it. She learns that Archer is the one who had Nehemia killed. And he shows up. Steals The Walking Dead (I still snort about its name), but she does eventually kill him. Before that happened, another creature shows up; actually it was a demon, hurts Fleetfoot, Chaol and Dorian show up to fight it and it goes back through the portal with Fleetfoot and Chaol on its heels. So she runs through and it awakens her magic. Turns out she is Fae (CALLED IT!) and she fights it and kills it before running out and closing the portal.
So she ends up telling Chaol everything (almost everything) and he makes this stupid deal with his father that he will take his title as lord again if he supports his decision to make Celaena go to Wendlyn, kill the King and his son, and steal their battle strategies. So she is sent off (she tells Chaol everything and tells him the date that her parents died). Chaol goes back to her room, searching for the significance of the date and he learns that she is really the rightful Queen of Terrasen. She is the long lost queen named Aelin Ashryver Galathynius (I was screaming, “WHAT. WHAT?! WHAT!”) And that is pretty much the end of the book.
Obviously in the next book she is going to Wendlyn. I think that she might actually get involved with the rebellion. She is going to ally with her aunt and cousins. She might rise back to her throne. I think that either Chaol or Chaol and Dorian is/are going to go help her. I think that Dorian’s magic will manifest more and if he meets with Celaena, they might seriously start to bond over that. I don’t know if she and Chaol will get back together. I hope not. Team Dorian 5ever.
I really enjoyed reading this book. I just really enjoyed learning all these things about Chaol and Celaena and Dorian’s magic manifesting itself…I loved all of the battle scenes. I loved the writing, and how we learned who Celaena really is. I just flew through this book so quickly. I really loved it. It was so good!
Love You All to Luna and Back,