Celaena Sardothian has spent a year in the salt mines of Endovier, a place where most perish in months, when she is suddenly removed from the mines and given the choice of remaining in prison, or entering a competition to vie for the position of King's Champion. She negotiates a deal so if she wins, her contract is for four years, and then she goes free. It's an attractive proposition, but first she has to beat out 23 killers, thieves and soldiers. She has other worries as well. The distracting attractiveness of Crown Prince Dorian, threatens to disrupt her training focus, and the mysterious unsolved murders of the competitors by an unknown assailant in the castle threaten her life.
Characters like Celaena, tough, resilient, intelligent yet kind deserve a place on the library shelves. I will definitely be recommending this story to some of my stronger readers looking for a strong female character.
The paperback cover claimed that fans of Game of Thrones and Hunger Games would love it. I don't think it has the intrigue or complexity of characters to compete with Game of Thrones, and it's less gripping than Hunger Games, but it was still a good read.
Middle School former Teacher Librarian - then MYP math and science. Update... VERY recently retired! Still adjusting that I'm not just on summer vacation!!!
Just didn't enjoy it as much as Shadow and Bone. I just felt like the author was really trying a bit too hard to draw this story out. I was able to put it down several times and I couldn't put Shadow and Bone down so there's the differen...
The Grisha triology is a fantasy series that I really enjoyed. I reread the last book because I thought I wasn't remembering something. I'm a bit confused because I've started King of Scars and Nikolai isn't as I remembered. Don't want...
by Tahereh Mafi
I’m not usually someone who enjoys a story that is predominantly about the attraction between two people BUT I did like this one. The setting is one year after 9/11 and 16 year old Shirin, an American born Muslim whose family moves freq...
I love a good mystery, and although I correctly guessed the murderer in the first chapter, I still thoroughly enjoyed the twists and turns.