Celaena finds her training sessions with the captain of the guard, Westfall, challenging and exhilirating. But she's bored stiff by court life. Things get a little more interesting when the prince starts to show interest in her... but it's the gruff Captain Westfall who seems to understand her best.
Then one of the other contestants turns up dead... quickly followed by another.
Can Celaena figure out who the killer is before she becomes a victim? As the young assassin investigates, her search leads her to discover a greater destiny than she could possibly have imagined.
I recently read The assassin's blade (The throne of glass #0.5), which regrouped several prequels to the Throne of glass, and I wish now that I had read it after this novel - which is why I'll publish the reviews later. As much as I appreciated knowing what she had been through and what led her to Endovier, I think it's best to read it afterwards and somewhat explore her past instead of just following the progression of book numbers.
I still find Celaena to be an arrogant character, but I love her more and more. She killed people, yes, but she was trained to be an assassin, she was left no other choice and it didn't deprive her of her humanity. I loved the attractive prince who strives under the rule of his father, the terrible king. I loved the captain and the way his feelings toward Celaena evolved. I loved her friend the Ellwyn princess and her strength. I loved the magic, the plot, the mystery, the suspense, the pace of the book : all good !
Anything bad in here ?... Nah !
I wanted to read two short stories available on Goodreads, books #1.1 and #1.2 if my memory serves, but they have since disappeared. Maybe this means that another anthology of short stories is to be published ? I hope.
I want more Celaena ! I want more adventures, see how she will deal with the king, with the magic, with the prince and the captain, with the other countries submitted to the king. Will she be able to fight him from the inside ? I'm so glad I started reading this series after everybody else, because now, all I have to do to get book #2 is... click ;) Yay !