First Lines: The shutters swinging in the storm winds were the only sign of her entry. No one had noticed her scaling the garden wall of the darkened manor house, and with the thunder and the gusting wind off the nearby sea, no one heard her as she shimmied up the drainpipe, swung onto the windowsill, and slithered into the second-floor hallway.
It’s been a little while since I’ve read a high fantasy, right? It was time for this.
*Potential Series Spoilers Ahead*
The King of Adarlan rules with an iron fist, and Celaena made a pact with the devil when she won his tournament and became his personal assassin. But Celaena is far from loyal to the crown. She only needs to keep it a secret for as long as possible. That pretense becomes more difficult as Celaena realizes that there are others also fighting for justice. And because of her position to the King, no one is above questioning her motives and loyalty. Not Prince Dorian, not Captain Chaol Westfall, not even Princess Nehemia. But when tragedy strikes, Celaena will have to give up what is most precious to her and decide once and for all who and what is worth fighting for.
I actually really adored this. I’m a fan of books that are complex and contain multiple plot lines like this one did. It wasn’t just about Celaena killing for the King. It was also about Dorian’s secrets and Chaol’s secrets and Nehemia’s secrets and the others who are fighting for justice. There were so many people we were following and it was just lovely to have so much going on. Sure, it means there’s more to keep track of, but it also feels more realistic.
Celaena’s a great heroine. I like that she’s so strong and fierce when she needs to be but she’s also soft and caring when she’s around her friends. And Celaena has real moments of vulnerability in this book, which was nice to see. It definitely made her more relatable, to see how she dealt with tragedy.
The plot of this book is, as I alluded to early, quite complex. It’s nearly impossible to always know who is good and who is bad. It’s hard to always see someone’s motives, even when you think you’ve got them pinned down. People that Celaena knows and cares about are sometimes the ones with the worst intentions. I loved the foreshadowing that was dropped along the way because it kept things interesting.
Lovely world-building. Lovely characters and tons of action. It was a load of fun and I’m looking forward to seeing what else is in store for Celaena and the crew.