This is one series I am glad I picked up and I had very low expectations for, from the start. How ever, true to form and contrary to what I believed. It got me hooked since the first sentence.
Maybe it was because I was in the middle of NaNoWriMo at the time, and it struck me, that this particular book has a perfect start. It created a lot of questions, right from the get go, while at the same time providing some backsstory as to tell you, some of why, this girl, this assassin, is there, in the mines…
I loved the characters. I really do. They are complex and have to overcome a number of obstacles all through the four books that are out to get some resemblance of normalcy, something that in so far, they’ve yet to get. Which in turn made for very entertaining books, that are action packed, full of fantasy, a different world, characters that differ from each other, and that like oil and water, don’t mix.
I love that there are always different perspectives, and while we usually are following all the events from the perspective of the hard-headed, strong and all around bad-ass assassin Caelena Sardothien, we sometimes get some peaks into the minds of Chaol, captain of the Guard, and Dorian, son of the King of Adarlan. This last one is the reason that there are four other books after the first one. Meaning he is the one providing the conflict and the people whom she fights while trying to figure her life out from then on.
Always hoping and working towards a day when she can be free of everything that has being her life since the King of the Assassins, Arobin, “rescued” her from drowning, and trained her, with very little choice from her part, to be the best assassin of Adarlan. A skill she’s honed ever since.
* If you don’t want spoilers. Please stop here. The books are great and I gave them all, a 5 of 5 stars.
What you might like to know:
Caelena Sardothien, its more than just an assassin. There are things in her past that she has being hiding. Not only to the people that surround her, but to herself as well. With all the conflict in which they live. The King slaughtering everyone whom ever dares to say or raise any sort of revolution against him, they all have to be careful. To make matters worst she allies herself with Nehemia. A princess, guest of the King staying in the palace who is there to get information that might help her people, who are currently overflowing the work camps, similar to the place where, at the beginning of the book, we find Caelena working. She also has to look after herself and try and win the tournament that will make her the kings personal “Champion” something that in this case means, personal assassin, and that will eventually gain her the freedom she wants so desperately. The one thing she’s never had.
is her stepping stone, or at least I think so. The book that has her overcoming, or coming to terms with the things she could not stop before she was sent to the work mines of Endovier, to serve a life sentence.
She knows she’s being betrayed, and can possibly tell by whom. She has to get back in shape to be able to fight all the other contenders that are just as hungry for the same position that she is offered, provided that she can beat them all, all the while trying to figure out what the mysterious ghost of the last Fae Queen wants to tell her. Because Adarlan, where magic was bound, many years ago, has dark forces that are hiding in plain sight, and weather she sees them or not, she’ll have to fight those as well. Plus her mixed feelings for the two man that she considers her “friends” Chaol, and Dorian…
I hope you enjoyed this book review, because I sure enjoyed reading these books. If you have any questions don’t hesitate to start a discussion of leave them in the comments below. I hope y’all had a great Christmas, and I wish you a happy new year!