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.
Source: Book 3 of this series is about to come out and is plastered over new posts all over the blogosphere
I think this is a truly excellent description, and it’s clear that time was taken to really fine-tune it. Every sentence is meaningful, and there’s no wasted space or filler jargon here. I think the idea sounds intriguing, and I’ve always had a fondness for novels about assassins, and I love the idea of her winning a tournament and serving time in exchange for earning freedom.
It’s clear that there’s a pretty solid plot for this book, and I even have the impression that we’ll have a strong cast of characters, both main and supporting. I’m very curious about both the prince and the captain, and I find that I want to know more about this “greater destiny than she could possibly have imagined.”
Overall, very well written. There’s not much I can say about it other than bravo. I’ll be reading this book sometime in the next month or so.