- RELEASE DATE:August 2nd 2012
AUTHOR: Sarah j. Maas
GENRE: Young-Adult, Fantasy, Adventure.
Meet Celaena Sardothien.
Destined for greatness.
In the dark, filthy salt mines of Endovier, an eighteen-year-old girl is serving a life sentence. She is a trained assassin, the best of her kind, but she made a fatal mistake. She got caught.
Young Captain Westfall offers her a deal: her freedom in return for one huge sacrifice. Celaena must represent the prince in a to-the-death tournament—fighting the most gifted thieves and assassins in the land. Live or die, Celaena will be free. Win or lose, she is about to discover her true destiny. But will her assassin’s heart be melted?
“You could rattle the stars. You could do anything, if only you dared. And deep down, you know it, too. That’s what scares you most.”
The first time I’ve read this book it was actually a very long time ago when it was first published in 2012. My Memory pretty much sucks so except for the main characters names, I forgot everything about the plot, but I do remember loving it. So, this was my second time reading this book and I really enjoyed it. I picked it up after finishing The Assassin’s blade and I was bit surprised to find that Celaena’s not the same fierce and bratty prideful Assassin as in the prequel novellas. Despite that, I really loved her character. I enjoyed every aspect in the book. The plot was good and world building was just great. The writing was amazing, it’s one of the best things I love about Sarah J. Maas’s books.
Adarlan’s greatest Assassin is serving her life sentence at Salt mines in Endovier. After One year of torture, Celaena gets a personal visit from the captain of the royal guard Chaol Westfall who brings her a deal that she couldn’t resist. She must represent as prince Dorian’s champion in a fight to death tournament conducted by the King Of The Adarlan himself. The winner will become the King’s Champion. Caelena needs to fight against several criminals and Assassin’s coming from all around the Adarlan. To gain her freedom, she must win the fight and become King’s Champion for four years because if she fails, she would be sent back to her prison and Celeana knows that she wouldn’t survive another year in the salt mines.
Eighteen Years old Celaena Sardothien is a strong protagonist. She’s a character you’re either going to hate or love. I really liked her character in Assassin’s Blade but in this book she seemed a bit too girl-ish and less fierce. In the Assassin’s Blade, she was fierce, Proud, and lethal. Her time in Salt mines had changed her too much and she wasn’t the same Celeana. She’s now a vulnerable girl who will do anything to gain her freedom. And coming to her attraction to two boys might be annoying to some readers who hates triangles. It didn’t bother me much. I actually liked Celaena’s relationship with Chaol. It felt more realistic than her attraction to the prince. I honestly loved their banters but the romance felt forced to me. So yeah, I’m not with this ship but I’m totally shipping her with Chaol. There’s another character I really liked that is princess Nehemia. I really enjoyed the friendship between her and Celaena. They’re both strong woman in their own way.
The plot was engaging and interesting throughout but in the middle things slowed down a bit. The pacing was good and there was a never dull moment. I liked the aspect of the tournament and also the mystery surrounding the wyrd marks. They’re the main things that held my interest besides the romance drama. Although some things were predictable, it was an enjoyable read. The writing was captivating, as expected. I’m glad the book was told in multiple POV’s. The world Sarah created was fantastic, but in this book we only get to see Salt Mines and The glass Castle of King of Adarlan. I can’t wait to explore more of this fascinating world and its magic.
Overall, I really loved this book! It was a great start to an epic journey and I can’t wait to jump into the next book.
So, What do you think of this book? Have you read it yet? Do you Plan to read it?
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