Goodreads Description: After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin.
Her opponents are men-thieves and assassins and warriors from across the empire, each sponsored by a member of the king’s 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.
I am completely obsessed with this series!!! It’s nothing like I’ve ever read before. In order to leave Endovier, Celaena has to agree to compete in a competition to become the King’s Champion, but the competitors can’t know who she is. Celaena thinks that it is an insult for the others to not know who she is, but goes along with it anyway to get out of prison.
Celaena is just totally badass! She’s an assassin who loves to read and is completely fascinated by libraries. Who would have thought?? There is a kind of love triangle, but the book focuses more on the competition of Champions and Celaena’s character development. She’s still kind of arrogant, but she becomes more human in our eyes. Chaol and Dorian in the ends see her as more than a killing machine.
I love Chaol. He tries to seem like he’s tough and doesn’t care, but in my mind, he’s a teddy bear. I love him! I like Dorian as well, but not as much as Chaol. Dorian loves to read as well. When he and Celaena are together, they talk about the books that they read which I find to be adorable. He pushes Celaena buttons at times and I swear, I think she’s about to pull out her knife and gut him, but doesn’t.
The world building in this book is amazing. If you want to get into fantasy, but don’t want to start with high fantasy like Game of Thrones or anything my Brandon Sanderson, this series is a great start. This series is nothing like Hunger Games. If anyone tells you that, they’re wrong. Read this series and you’ll be addicted.