I had literally never heard of this book before, outside of all the cute pictures, until I started following bookmad and books-and-cookies and saw them post about it. So I thought: why not? And then I ended up a bawling pile of feelings on the floor at 2am.
Reading Challenge: A book by an author you’ve never read before
Summary from Goodreads:
In a land without magic, where the king rules with an iron hand, an assassin is summoned to the castle. She comes not to kill the king, but to win her freedom. If she defeats twenty-three killers, thieves, and warriors in a competition, she is released from prison to serve as the king’s champion. Her name is Celaena Sardothien.
The Crown Prince will provoke her. The Captain of the Guard will protect her. But something evil dwells in the castle of glass–and it’s there to kill. When her competitors start dying one by one, Celaena’s fight for freedom becomes a fight for survival, and a desperate quest to root out the evil before it destroys her world.
Likes: Celaena is a badass and feminine and basically everything I have ever wanted in a female character. I love all of the supporting characters too. Not to mention, I have never seen a love triangle written this well. Usually when I read books with love triangles, there’s a clear winner and it makes it hard to take it seriously, but I did not get that at all from this book. Celaena has such amazing chemistry with both guys. Plus, I loved her friendship with Nehemia. More books need good girl friendships like that
even though I kinda also shipped them too oops. And (yeah, I’m still going) the worldbuilding was phenomenal. This book has some of the most detailed worldbuilding of any fantasy book I’ve ever read.
Dislikes: This book is perfect and I have nothing but rainbows and sunshine and glitter and kittens to say about it.