Published by Bloomsbury USA Childrens on May 7th 2013
Genres: Fantasy, YA
Source: Owned Audible Book
In a land without magic, where the king rules with an iron hand, an assassin is summoned to the castle. She comes not to kill the king, but to win her freedom. If she defeats twenty-three killers, thieves, and warriors in a competition, she is released from prison to serve as the king's champion. Her name is Celaena Sardothien.
The Crown Prince will provoke her. The Captain of the Guard will protect her. But something evil dwells in the castle of glass--and it's there to kill. When her competitors start dying one by one, Celaena's fight for freedom becomes a fight for survival, and a desperate quest to root out the evil before it destroys her world.
I love audio books. In the author’s notes on the audio version of Joe Hill’s NOS4A2, he talks about how the first stories we learn are read to us. I listen to audio books when I’m in the car, shopping, and playing Candy Crush Soda Saga or Trivia Crack.
In typical book blogger fashion, I already have a tbr shelf just for audio books. Reviewing them is a bit more difficult, because I don’t take notes and I don’t always know how to spell the characters names. So these reviews will be a little different from my book reviews.
The main character is a female assassin. How this didn’t make me run out and read the book the instant it came out is beyond me. I mean, I frequently binge watch Deadly Women and Snapped, because you know, girl power.
I am actually really glad I started off 2016 with this book (and doubly glad I had the audiobook, because I have no idea how I would have pronounced some of these names without it!).
Celaena is a fantastic protagonist- funny and strong, at times audacious and other times scared. Forced to fight to be the King’s Champion or go back to the mines that were killing her, she’s a reluctant fighter. She bristles under the restraints forced upon her, but she’s surprisingly caring at moments.
There’s plenty of action and mystery and romance. Actually, the romance kind of made my head spin- because I liked both boys, including a third that is not even alive and only mentioned a few times (because I can literally make romance happen anywhere, people, it’s my super power). But there’s also friendships, which made me like Celaena even more, her bonding with a fellow champion, a foreign princess, and the friendships she forges with Dorian, Chaol and Fleetfoot. I think that’s why I felt so torn on the romance, because Maas has created characters I really love, despite of and because of their flaws (and they are all flawed).
I am terribly excited to see where this series is going!
I haven’t listened to any books narrated by Elizabeth Evans before, despite the fact that she’s recorded a lot, but I can guarantee that I will listen to her more in the future! I think she did a great job capturing Celaena’s character and personality, along with the voices for all the other characters.