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.
The story and its development was done amazingly. The story gets better and better the further you read.Sarah J. Maas writes a story full of action, adventure and mystery yet with all that, there is still time for a lot of romance.
Celaena is a strong-willed female protagonist for the modern world. She's immensely complex from the start; alternating between a young woman who can easily find 6 ways to kill you before you even take a breath, to a slave yearning for freedom, to a girl still mourning the loss of everyone she's ever held dear, to a flirt, to a friend, to an athlete and warrior. In almost anyone else's hands, all these characteristics could read as inconsistent, but Maas has spent so much time fleshing out everything about Celaena, that all of her personalities, fears, dreams, and wants all flow seamlessly together to form a complex human just trying to survive and do the best she can with the tools she's given. Even in a world of pure fantasy, everything is authentic. There's mystery and a romance that not only has you rooting for everyone involved, but again, feels genuine to the characters involved.
The other thing that I loved about this book is the budding triangle. I enjoy it this time is that I felt the strongest point of the book was the characters and their development. None were flat or too predictable. They had distinct personalities and all pretty likable. And importantly....their actions and reactions make sense and don't feel forced