Now this is one of those books that I have been recommended to read since I first joined into any book community and now 7 years later I have finally got around to doing so.
Meet Celaena Sardothien.
Destined for greatness.
In the dark, filthy salt mines of Endovier, an eighteen-year-old girl is serving a life sentence. She is a trained assassin, the best of her kind, but she made a fatal mistake. She got caught.
Young Captain Westfall offers her a deal: her freedom in return for one huge sacrifice. Celaena must represent the prince in a to-the-death tournament—fighting the most gifted thieves and assassins in the land. Live or die, Celaena will be free. Win or lose, she is about to discover her true destiny. But will her assassin’s heart be melted?
Taken from goodreads
When I first started to read the book I found it to be very slow and hard to get into, it took me to about 150 pages to actually want to sit down and read the book for long periods of time. It took me 3 weeks to get to that page and then another two days after that to finish the book. It took so long because I didn’t care about the characters at all until Celaena finally started to let people into her life and slow melt her frozen heart.
Once again it was after the 150 page mark where the story actually became interesting to read. Yes you do know what is going to happen long before the 150 page but to be honest it feels like the author is taking her time on purpose to drag out the book a bit to make it longer. If you took out the first 150 pages and put in a little 20-30 page synopsis of those pages I doubt anyone would really notice any difference in the actual quality of the book/.
When the book really started to get going I really enjoyed my read, I just wanted to know more about Celaena and her past, I wanted to know how her training actually went and what mistake she made that got her caught. It was just a shame the first part of the book was a real drag.
I do wish that there was a few more twist and turns in the book, I tried to predict which way the book was going to go and hoped it would take us down some twist and turns a bit like the six of crows series but unfortunately it went straight down the obvious route and as soon as you are introduced to the character you can tell they are going to be behind everything almost instantly which is a bit of a shame.
After finishing the book I do understand the hype around the series and why so many female readers adore this series as well as the main character. I know as soon as payday comes around then I will be buying the next book in the series so I can find out more about Celaena and her new life.