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Source: eARC from publisher
Published: August 2012
Photo: used with permission
Now her freedom seems within reach again. The Crown Prince summons Celaena to the castle with a proposition: if she defeats twenty-three killers, thieves, and warriors in a competition, she will be released from prison to serve as the king's champion. If she loses, it’s back to prison for her…and almost certain death.
Soon Celaena—scarred, dirty, and ready to fight—finds herself in a castle made of glass, decked out in ball gowns, chatting with royalty, and posing as a common thief girl to seem like less of a threat to her competitors.
As the Crown Prince befriends her and his best friend, the Captain of the Guard, protects her, both seem to be getting closer to Celaena than they ever expected. But how can they really trust someone who is trained to kill? And how can Celaena let her guard down, when these same men might still throw her back into the mines?
Celaena’s rivals will prove that they’re not so easily beaten, even for the most talented assassin in the land. But something more evil dwells within the castle—and it's there to kill. When her competitors start dying one by one—outside of the competition arena—Celaena's fight for freedom becomes a fight for survival, and a desperate quest to root out the evil before it destroys her world." (Source: Bloomsbury Press Release)
This might end up being another quick review...not because I don't have a lot to say about this book, but because it's all going to be gushing anyway. Yeah, I loved this book - everything about it.
Well, not everything. There could have been some kissing with Chaol, if you please. One little thing. That's all I wanted!
Okay, I jest. I really did want some kissing with Chaol, but I wanted it to be ME and Chaol. :D
I love the world that Sarah Maas created here. It was so fantastically real to me. I read it with such vivid pictures in my mind that it really must exist somewhere.
The characters were just as real to me. They jumped off the pages and became part of me for the little bit of time that I spent with them.
Celaena was fantastic. Such an incredibly strong character, but vulnerable at the same time. Dorian wasn't at all what I expected. Neither was Chaol. I went into this wanting to hate them both, but I couldn't. They were amazing. Such strong personalities and totally swoon-worthy too. Oh, and how!
(By the way, I have dibs on Chaol, just FYI. You can have Dorian.)
I got so caught up in this story and I felt ALL THE THINGS. How I love it when a book does that for me! I couldn't possibly give this one anything other than 5 Eiffel Towers and a promise to own it and the rest of the series.