After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin.
Her opponents are men-thieves and assassins and warriors from across the empire, each sponsored by a member of the king's council. If she beats her opponents in a series of eliminations, she'll serve the kingdom for four years and then be granted her freedom. 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.
Above I listed the synopsis of the first book. However this review covers the first six books. I read them so fast and one right after the other that it is all just one big story in my mind now. This series was enthralling. I am so sad that I waited so long to read it. On the other hand it allowed me to read book after book which was very nice. The last book in the series comes out this month so I figured it was time to do the review.
I absolutely loved this series. I ripped through it probably as fast as I read through the Harry Potter books. I was sucked in and couldn't put them down. Celaena is the main character and she has had a horrible and trying life. She is a teenager but, very much an adult. She has been on her own since her parents were killed and forced to be much older then she was. She is an assassin and a good one at that. We meet her when she is basically in prison and "rescued" by Prince Dorian to be the champion in a horrible battle for the King. After that things get crazy! Celaena is definitely more then she appears. Things are about to change drastically for her and not all of them for the better.
The world building is very intricate. We get multiple points of view from a few core characters. How their stories weave together is simply brilliant. I could not put these books down and I bet I read them all within a couple weeks. It is an intricate world full of pain and love. I have never been so interested in all the characters in a story before. Literally, I enjoyed every characters entry. Surprisingly even the witch. I am excited just typing about this right now. Simply put, I love these characters! This story builds and not one part is boring. The magic is awesome, the soldiers are awesome, I really grew to love the witches. I laughed and cried my way through these books.
There are a number of love interests for Celaena, however the one she ends up with is by far my favorite. I really enjoyed the slow burn of these two. They are perfect for each other. Even if it took them a while to realize this. So much happens in this story that it is hard to incorporate love when their is a giant insane war brewing. It was delicately done.
The last book, Kingdom of Ash, releases on October 23rd and I can not wait! There was a book in the series I have not read yet. It deviates from the main characters and includes only Chaol's story, it takes place at the same time as Empire of Storms. I am not sure if I am going to read this one before the last book comes out or not. Have you guys read it? Is it worth reading since it is only Chaol's story? I can not wait to see how this series will end. I am dying to get the last book!!!