Published by Bloomsbury USA Childrens on May 7th 2013
In a land without magic, where the king rules with an iron hand, an assassin is summoned to the castle. She comes not to kill the king, but to win her freedom. If she defeats twenty-three killers, thieves, and warriors in a competition, she is released from prison to serve as the king's champion. Her name is Celaena Sardothien.
The Crown Prince will provoke her. The Captain of the Guard will protect her. But something evil dwells in the castle of glass--and it's there to kill. When her competitors start dying one by one, Celaena's fight for freedom becomes a fight for survival, and a desperate quest to root out the evil before it destroys her world.
I don’t really know what to say about this book that hasn’t already been said because HOLY MOLY is it good. It’s got the whole package: memorable characters, twisty story lines and of course, a rich and creative world for the setting.
I think one of the reasons I loved this book so much is because of a certain sharp-tongued, funny and bad ass assassin named Celaena. I see why others have compared her to Katniss Everdeen. Celaena is strong. She takes hits but keeps rising back up to take more. She pretends that she can control her emotions but deep down she cares far too much and at times it influences her decisions. However unlike Katniss, Celaena’s got a more vibrant personality. She’s a flirt and likes to push buttons, sometimes for nefarious reasons and other times, just to be a pest. She’s got a hilarious sense of humor. Nothing against Katniss, but I totally love Celaena more. She seems more well rounded and well, more interesting in general.
There’s two potential love interests but don’t let that deter you. It’s a side story line that is weaved into the main plot but doesn’t draw away from what is truly important, like the demonic presence stalking the castle Celeana resides in.
So yeah, this book rocks and I’m totally P.O.’d that I waited so long to read it when everybody else I know has been praising their love of it for years.
Totally getting book 2 asap! Next book on my tbr list be damned!