The crown Prince retrieves Celaena from Endovier, where she has served one year of hard labor for being an assassin. He promises her freedom if only she can win the competition that the king is holding to name a royal assassin. If she wins, she must serve four years, and then she will be free. She has little doubt that she will win the competition, but she might have to worry about surviving long enough to win. When something mysterious begins killing competitors in a very gruesome manner, she must use all of her resources to find out how to avoid being killed, while staying strong enough to win the competition.
In a recent turn of events of my to read list enters the fantasy genre. I have begun to like these more and more for several reasons. I like the world building. This book seems to fall a tad short on that aspect because there is not much of a world to build. It mostly just consists of the castle, however, there are some interesting characters that are described impeccably. I feel like man, woman, and beast are given special attention in this book, and it does them each justice. I also like the awesome strong female lead in many of these fantasies. Celaena does not disappoint. She is incredibly strong and also brutally unapologetic for the circumstances that led her to the paths in her life. Her bad luck is not all her fault, but she feels no remorse for the decisions she has made each step of the way. I also appreciate that cheesy romance and love triangles aren’t always at the forefront of this genre. Although this book may have a touch of romance and even hints of the triangle, it is not so over the top in your face that makes you want to gag. Although, I think that might change in book two. Comparatively to some others in this genre, it wasn’t an amazing book, but it made me really curious about book two, so there you have it.