Celaena Sardothien is a daredevil assassin with unrivalled fighting skills. After a year’s hard labour in the salt mines of the kingdom of Adarlan, Celaena is offered her freedom on one condition—she must fight as handsome Prince Dorian’s champion in a contest sponsored by the king, facing the deadliest thieves and assassins in the land in a series of set-piece battles in the country’s stunning glass palace. But there is more at stake than even her life—for Celaena is destined for a remarkable future...
Dude... awesome book alert right here. Before I continue with this review I will give a caution that anybody that reads this review will be subjected to massive amounts of gushing and excitement!
I absolutely freaking loved this book. I loved the story and the characters and the romance and the world and well... pretty much everything! If I had to describe this book it would be as a kind of mixture between the tournament aspect of The Hunger Games and the supernatural and fantasy aspect of Poison Study, so if you liked either or both of those books I would seriously recommend this one to you. Heck, I'd recommend it to anyone, this is by far the best book that I have read so far this year!
What I fell in love with first was this world. It's the world of a high fantasy but I just loved reading the gorgeous descriptions. Then I fell in love with the story, this book had me on the edge of my seat and I never wanted it to finish and then finally I fell in love with the characters. Calaena is such a layered character, she's sarcastic, cold and tough and yet she also has this girly weakness about her that I liked, I also like Dorian, the crown prince and but I loved Chaol, he was amazing and so deep and mysterious... ahhh... there was the inkling of a love triangle but it's not massively in your face and it went the way that I thought it would, I can't wait to read more romance in the sequel!
Yes, I realised that I'm ending each paragraph with an exclamation mark, I'm trying my very hardest to control my excitement over this book but it's so hard!
Overall, this book is a fantasy on the level of Maria Snyder, Robin McKinley and Kristin Cashore. I absolutely loved this book, best of 2012 so far!
Overall rating: A+
Released August 2nd by Bloomsbury
ARC received from the publisher in exchange for an honest review
Reviews for other books by this author:
Crown of Midnight (Throne of Glass #2)