Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Wishlist Wednesday #6

Totally the property of Pen to Paper.
My to-read count is currently riding at 213. I know I update the count for you all every week. Does that bore you? Tell me if it does. I personally am impressed and really overwhelmed. Even at my current pace of 1-2 books a week, it would take me a little over TWO YEARS to read them all, and that's only if I don't add a single book to the list over those four years.Who was the guy who was doomed to push the boulder up the hill for all eternity? Sisyphus? I feel like that guy, only my name isn't so unintentionally funny.

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.

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.
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).

Add all that together and you get a Shelver happy-twirling. And yes, I would keep my arms like that, because my sense of balance is totally whack.

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...


While I slink off in a corner to murmur something about a Precious, tell me what's on your wishlist this Wednesday.