Her opponents are men—thieves and assassins and warriors from across the empire, each sponsored by a member of the kings 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 exhilirating. 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.
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Published: 2nd August 2012
Amazon: UK / US
10 out of 10
(video review at the bottom of post)
OMG this book was amazing... At over 400 pages long, I was hooked from the beginning and could not put it down until the final page. The two main characters in this story are Celaena and the Crown Prince and there is great interactions and banter between them right from the beginning. There is also a magical element to the story, which I loved and won't mention here as I don't want to spoil the story for you.
As well as being an infamous assassin, she has a love of books and learning and the Royal Family has a library that holds thousands of books (which I am totally jealous about!).
As well as striking up an unexpected friendship with a member of the Royal Family, Caleana also strikes up a friendship with her guard, Chaol so there is definately a very interesting love triangle here.
As well as the competition to find out who will become the King's Champion, there is also something strange happening in the Royal Castle. People are getting murdered and strange symbols left on and aside their bodies. Celaena sets out to try and find out what is happening...
What a great book and I would recommend for all of you YA paranormal book lovers out there...