Rating : ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Plucked from the salt mines of Endovier, a death camp where she had spent the last year of her life, Celaena Sardothien finds herself the chosen champion of the Crown Prince of Adarlan. He feels the young assassin will be a feather in his cap if she wins the competition to be his father’s champion.
Twenty-three other champions stand between her and her freedom, but there are other horrors quietly residing in the castle made of glass and each day she can almost feel the evil’s teeth against her neck. Will it be the other competitors or the dangers that lurk in the shadows that brings her to her knees?
I’m ashamed that it took me this long to start this series, but in my defense there are eight books, if I’m remembering correctly. Being a big fan of ACoTaR and loving her Catwoman novel I shouldn’t have been sleeping on this series. Love her or hate her, Sarah J Maas can write a book.
After having 4 books to grow accustomed to Feyre, I actually loved Celaena Sardothien from the first page, but I think Mia from Nevernight also helped a little bit there. She was fierce and cocky and why wouldn’t she be? She’s an 18 year-old world renowned assassin.
There’s been people commenting on how we don’t really get to see her skills and there’s nothing to really back her up. Sure, but we do see her skills during the various trials you just have to suspend a little disbelief there. It is fantasy after all. I’d be more put off if she bumbled her way through the tests, honestly.
Other than Celaena, I really loved Chaol and Prince Dorian along with Princess Nehemia. Their friendships and relationships were perfect and gave me ACoTaR vibes for sure. I can already tell I’m going to love this series. It was really good to put some context to the memes I see floating around the Sarah J Maas facebook groups.
Thankfully I haven’t really been spoiled other than for characters that will show up in later books, but that’s totally fine, I know the bare minimum. Context is everything and I’m still excited to discover this world and these characters. The lack of SJM romance or the intensity wasn’t missed, the story kept me guessing and even as all the pieces slipped into place I couldn’t put the book down. I can’t wait to see where the next book takes me.