After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin.
Her opponents are men-thieves and assassins and warriors from across the empire, each sponsored by a member of the king’s council. If she beats her opponents in a series of eliminations, she’ll serve the kingdom for four years and then be granted her freedom. 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.
Celaena is finally getting a chance to earn her freedom by being the prince’s champion. It would have been extremely easy for her to win, but she’s been in the salt mines for a year, so she’s not exactly in top shape.
I’m not sure if I want her to end up with Dorian or Chaol. I don’t have a preference yet. I’m still team Sam. *cries* I don’t know, Dorian and Chaol are just not on the same level as Sam. I hope this changes in the later books, because I do want Celaena to be happy; even if it’s not with Sam.
I’m so glad I read the Assassin’s Blade before this book. I would not have entirely understood Celaena’s choices and her way of thinking if I skipped it. The things that happened to her have really affected how she thought and acted in this book. Her reluctance to completely trust Nehemia made me really sad. It showed how affected she still was over what happened with Ansel. Celaena didn’t have friends, so I wanted her to be friends with Nehemia so bad. Her fascination with clothes, her hair, and just about every girly thing made her endearing to me. I didn’t think it was annoying and unrealistic, I actually thought it was pretty realistic! She might be an assassin, but she was still a girl!
I won’t be reading Crown of Midnight anytime soon. I have to stop while I still can. I don’t want to marathon this series when all the books aren’t out yet!