Series or Standalone: Series, #1
Published: August 7th, 2012
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Children’s
Goodreads Summary: “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 three 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. “
Plot rating: 5/5 Stars
In the plot, we have an assassin who is trying to survive to get her freedom. Throughout this book, I definitely saw a few subplots going on. To be in love or to play it safe. A mystery, which I can’t tell you anything about.
I was freaking out for most of the book over the plot. There was just so much going on at the same time that if you didn’t have your brain wrapped around each, you might get a little confused.
Characters: 5/5 Stars
Let’s start with the main character: Celaena Sardothien. She was so kick-butt! First off, we start in the salt mines when she is taken out. In the beginning, she’s scared and confused, yet confident and scary. Her character develops throughout the book. Also, in the book she has two sides to her and I loved seeing both of those sides during different situations.
Chaol Westerfall is the captain guard who she trains with. When we met him in the book, I was like:
He is just a great character. He’s a little bit rough at first, but he grows on you.
Next is Prince Dorian. When we first met him, I thought he was okay. But later on in the novel, I ended up really like liking him. His character develops an abundant amount throughout the novel and I’m so happy that it did.
There are other characters, but those are the main focus.
Old Cover: 2/5 Stars
The old cover was okay. It just was blue and had a person with a weapon on her shoulder.
New Cover: 4.5/5 Stars
I love the new cover. It’s so gorgeous. It’s a drawing that looks more like Celaena. On the front, she’s ready for battle. While on the back, she’s wearing a dress and is looking refined. It shows her two sides that appear in the book.
“Libraries were full of ideas–perhaps the most dangerous and powerful of all weapons.”
“No. I can survive well enough on my own— if given the proper reading material.”
“You could rattle the stars.”
My Overall Rating: 5/5 Stars
About the Author: Sarah J. Maas is a New York Times’ Best Seller and a USA Today’s bestselling author. She’s written the Throne of Glass series and A Court of Thorns and Roses, which comes out May 5th, 2015. She’s currently residing in Southern California.
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