“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.
I originally read this book last autumn and I’m not sure why or what the reason was; I simply didn’t enjoy it as much as I expected to. Back then…something was missing for me but I can’t say what it was. Probably I was just in a weird mood.
Since Queen of Shadows is about to come out in 28 days (!!!), I thought it would be a good idea to finally read all the other books in order to be able to read the new book right on September 1st and to be up to date within the series, so I can root and fangirl together with the bookish people on Goodreads, YouTube and blogs.
However, this time around I really really enjoyed and loved the book.
We start the book at the Salt Mines of Endovier when Celaena Sardothien – the most notorious assassin in the world – is taken to the Crown Prince of Adarlan. He offers her her freedom when she becomes his champion and fights against 23 other thieves, assassins and murderers in a competition in order to become the Kings Assassin for the next 6 years.
Like I said last year, I really love the world Sarah J. Maas has created with the Throne of Glass series and this book is a brilliant start.
I found Celaena much less annoying than I found her last November and I grow to love her dearly. She’s a hell of a young girl but you can also really feel how much Celaena suffers, how much she has been through already despite her young age, and also how tough she is. Giving up isn’t an option for her ans she’s a true fighter. Not only is she beautiful, she’s also smart, sarcastic and won’t have anyone tell her what she has to do. I enjoyed how the friendship between Nehemia develops and blossoms, even though Celaena has doubts at some point. Also the relationships to the Crown Prince of Adarlan and Chaol the Captian of the Royal Guards grows and shifts within the book.
Dorian as a character is simply adorable. He’s hasn’t much interest on what is happening in his kingdoms and is loathing the brutality of his father, the King just as much as he loathes that his mother wants him to find a woman to marry whether he loves her or not. He and Celaena share a passion for books and reading.
Chaol isn’t to happy that he’s supposed to take care of a headstrong assassin but since it’s the Crown Princes wish he obey. He tried to keep his distance from Celaena and treats her more like a task he has to fulfill and that’s to train her to become the King’s Champion but has their relationship grows and develops into more.
I love how Sarah manage it to keep the balance between describing things detailed but not going too much into detail and describing every little thing. She also does a great job with the Tests the Champions have to take and the tasks they need to fulfill. Celaena is good at them and gives the best she can. At the end I’m very happy that she’s not alone to fight them and that she has her friend Nehemia and a ghost names Elena
I’m so excited now for the remaining books – I’m currently reading The Assassins Blade – that I will be reading within August to jump right into Queen of Shadows on September 1st!