This book is another product of my hiatus, and it is no less obsession-inducing than last week’s book.

The 18 year-old assassin, Celaena Sardothien has served a year in the harsh salt mines, Endovier, for her crimes, when she is brought before the crown prince. He presents her with an offer she can’t refuse: in exchange for her freedom, she must compete as his champion in a competition to become the king’s royal assassin. If she wins, she will serve the king for three years, and then be free. In the competition she faces other criminals from around the kingdom, champions of members of the king’s council, all of whom are male. Forced to hide her talent and identity as the kingdom’s best assassin, so as not to be a target, Celaena quickly grows tired of the monotony of the court, however, when other competitors start turning up dead, she must find the killer before she is the next victim.

Where do I even begin?  I finished this about two months ago and have literally thought about this book every day since. No, that is not a misuse of the word ‘literally,’ it’s a sign that maybe I spend a little too much of my life living in books.

Celaena is a really interesting and unique character. She is incredibly strong, both physically and in character, but at the same is very vulnerable. She is flirty and confident, yet quiet and troubled. She is person who loves both books and dresses. Celaena is essentially, an exercise in strong, well rounded and developed characters. It’s very easy to have characters who fit into boxes, such as the nerdy, bookish character, or the shallow character who likes shopping, when in reality, people are multi-faceted, and have interests that aren’t defined by one label. Celaena is proof that a character can be able to kill any opponent she faces and also enjoy wearing beautiful dresses. This also applies to the other characters as well; they are all realistic and believable.

It’s –obviously- incredibly well written and incredibly detailed. There are also passages in the book that you want to reread over and over. Remember how last week I said I could play scenes from Angelfall in my head like a movie? Yep, this too.

I just love it so much.

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