|Totally the property of Pen to Paper.|
But that's okay. I may not get to all the books I want to read, but I do plan to (eventually) get my hands on some of the very best. The book I chose this week has been garnering some great buzz (I first heard about it during pre-BEA chatter on Twitter), so I think it has a chance to rank in that "very best."
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.ASSAAAAAAAASSINS! We have assassins, people. Correction: We have one FEMALE assassin, and then a whole host of male thieves, assassins, and warriors! AND a "gruff captain" who will probably turn out to be an adorable love interest, AND a murder mystery, AND "salt mines of Endovier," which reminded me of the spice mines of Kessel (that's Star Wars, people - keep up).
Her opponents are men—thieves and assassins and warriors from across the empire, each sponsored by a member of the kings council. If she beats her opponents in a series of eliminations, she’ll serve the kingdom for three 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.
I LOVE assassins, you guys! I love girl assassins even more (helloooo, Grave Mercy). And then you add in all sorts of unsavory characters, a character being labeled "gruff," a tenuous Star Wars connection... I can't even...
I WANT THIS BOOK!
While I slink off in a corner to murmur something about a Precious, tell me what's on your wishlist this Wednesday.