Imprisoned in a death camp for her crimes as an assassin, Celaena Sardothien is given a chance at a new life when the Crown Prince of the realm requests her services. If she can beat other contestants in combat, emerging as the King’s Champion, she can be free — after she serves as the king’s personal assassin for four years. Desperate for freedom, Celaena takes the bargain. However, though she excels in all deadly skills, the competition is more than Celaena originally believed, and she soon finds herself immersed in secrets, deceptions, and emotions she doesn’t have time for. The only way out is to kill.
So I’m a little late on the TOG bandwagon, but this book is SO good. It does have a bit of a slow beginning and, to be honest, I can tell in some places that this book started out as a sixteen-year-old’s fanfic. BUT, it IS really good and really entertaining to read. I loved watching Celaena figure out the mystery behind the competition, as well as getting to read the competition itself. If you don’t know by now, I LOVE strong female characters. Celaena is certainly one of them. If you’re a fan of action, adventure or the Grisha series (Leigh Bardugo), give this one a try! I’ll be on to the second book soon!
*YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults, 2013
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