Celaena finds her training sessions with the captain of the guard, Westfall, challenging and exhilarating. 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.
My initial thoughts on this book were harsher than my opinion at the end. On the one hand, this book started off terribly, and was really boring; although, by the ending of this book I was loving it!
First of all, it's beautifully written. All the description made this book a truly magical read for me:
"Celeana lay in the bed, staring at a pool of moonlight on the floor. It filled in the dusty gaps between the stone tiles, and turned everything a bluish silver that made her feel as if she was frozen in an everlasting moment."
This quote is just beautiful. The amazing description really enhanced the book for me!
I also really liked the main character: Celeana Sardothien. She was feisty, strong-minded, intelligent - a really great character! I really liked reading about her, and - for once - she wasn't a weak protagonist! This made the book really great for me.
One thing I really hated about the book was Dorian. He was outrageously disgusting, and really sexist! One thing that was actually described about him was: "he couldn't deny that he was aching to learn what her bare skin smelled like, how she'd react to the touch of his finger along his body"
I find this despicable. The fact that he could think that just made me want to vomit!
Though, I did really enjoy this book, and towards the end it really made me want to read on, even if it was a very slow start.
Recommendation: If you enjoyed The Mortal Instruments