Genres: Young Adult, Romance, Fantasy
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Children’s
Publication Date: August 27th 2013
3 OUT OF 5 STARS
“But death was her curse and her gift, and death had been her good friend these long, long years.”
After winning the competition Celaena serves out her sentence as the King’s Champion. Though she’s far less loyal than she leads everyone else to believe. It’s not long before Celaena realizes she’s not the only one working against the crown. Secrets, love and mystery all collide until everything falls apart, In the face of tragedy Ardalan’s Assassin will need to face everything she’s been running from.
Maas is a skilled author, her world is vast and her characters all feel real and alive. The book suffers with it’s pacing though. The first part of the book seems to drag on, while the second part seems to be cut short just when things get exciting. I felt that the romance was a little too whirlwind and cheesy, and I still feel a bit tired of reading about how stunning Celaena is. However, she is one of the first strong female fantasy leads I’ve read that’s been so successful so I can’t be too hard on her. It’s a good book but I struggled getting through it until the last third when things started to heat up. It was enough to ensure I purchase the next installment.