Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Wishing on Wednesday [32]

Wishing and hoping, and thinking and praying...

Goodreads Summary: "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.

I'll admit I'm not a big fan of this cover, despite the wicked looking dagger on her just doesn't match the EPICNESS of the summary. And that is exactly what this summary is. EPICNESS. I can't remember the last title that had me this psyched, okay let me rephrase that...the last NEW novel, as in not part of a series or a companion to a series, that had me this psyched. FANTASY. THIEVES. ASSASSAINS. COURT LIFE. KILLERS. Omagawd I WANT IT NOW. This is everything I've been looking for in a YA fantasy novel all rolled up into one package of complete epicness. YES PLEASE.

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