Celaena Sardothien is a master assassin condemned to the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes. The king decides that he needs a champion to assist with conquering the world and in order to chose the best one he holds a competition. Twenty-three of his court are invited to put forth a candidate. The prince selects Celaena.
There is a lot of back story that is hinted at throughout the story and clearly more to come in future sequels (three, so far). This story focuses on the competition and the characters and intrigue of the court. There’s also a nice love triangle forming between Celaena, the prince, and the captain of the guards.
Overall, a satisfying read. The story, itself, is excellent. The writing, not good enough to make this an outstanding novel. I’ve been trying to put my finger on where it falls short and having trouble pointing to anything specific. I didn’t really engage and I’m not sure why – not enough depth to the characters perhaps, or a tone that didn’t adequately reflect the action. At any rate, I’ll try out the rest of the series. There’s a lot of potential here.
Amusingly, here’s the author photo. Look familiar?