"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."
Alright people! It's that time! Back at it with the reviews awwww yeeaahh. BUT K FIRST let me just point out how god awful that synopsis is... Like I just used what was on the back of the book and wow. It's not even that accurate and it's way over dramatic. Totally gives you the wrong impression of what the book is actually about. There was also this other little blurb on the back that I didn't want to include because it was legit spoilery like ew why are publishing companies giving us these shitty synopsises. ...Synopsi? What is the plural form of that word? SO MANY QUESTIONS. Lol but ya anyway, to get right to the point of it, this book is totally badass and reads really easily. It delivers consistently in entertainment and excitement, but lacks in sentiment and depth. But it turns out that that's not even an issue, because it's just so damn fun to read that you forget to really care about indepth character and relationship development. Plus it's the first book in a series of (supposedly) 6 books, so we have plenty of time to find out more about the characters and build more meaty relationships. So whatevaaa.
As for the lack of character development, the characters were by no means bad, and for once the main character didn't completely annoy me throughout the entire book, but there just wasn't a lot of depth to them, and they made some really dumb/unrealistic decisions. Its one of those instances where things start happening really fast and they don't seem to be genuine and its kind of lame. But the plot is so fun, and the characters are lovable all the same, so its not a huge issue. Celeana is pretty coooool too and like yay-girl-power-being-a-female-assasin-who-kicks-boy-butt, but honestlyyy she did do some things that were so painfully stupid like uggg, I don't want to spoil anything, but there was a certain aspect to the plot that was so OBVIOUS and Caleana was just not on the same page with me (lol is that a pun?) and it got really annoying. BUTTTT when it came to the final chapters of the book, and like the last 50 pages, oh my gaaawwwd, she was so rad and I love her like it's fine that she was actin' dumb.
Despite it's few issues, this book is really good and like wow. So fun to read. At some points I was seriously talking/yelling out loud about the characters and was getting soooo into the story that I was actually jumping around in my bed just freaking ouuuutt. That was pretty awesome, like I can't remember the last time I got so invested in a story! I think the next books in this series will just keep improving upon the plot line, and just get better and better. I can't judge this one too hard for not being perfect, because some of my very favourite series also started off not so strong, and yet they turned out to be more and more amazing as more content was added. SO YAY, I would definitely check this one out if you're into a fun, fast-paced read (and really, who isn't...) ALSO I know it's technically in the "fantasy genre," and personally, sometimes that's an intimidating label for me, but realsies, though there are lots of fantasy elements in this story, it still reads in a very relatable way. You know what I'm sayin'? Like the characters are pretty modern (in their personalities, NOT in their basic logic skills -__- <-- thats a "not impressed" face) so it gives it some realism. WHEU SO GO CHECK IT OUT. 4/5 stars yo.
Me during the last 50 pages: