I will say right now, before you ask, I am Team Dorian. Chaol is just the grumpy old guard and I don’t know. He’s for the king, not Celaena. I’m not so for him and Celaena being together. I want Dorian to end up with her. And yes, I know, the relationships are definitely not the main portion of the book, I just figured I’d get that out of that way to begin with!
It is so uncommon to find a character who openly loves to read as much as Celaena. I love that her and Dorian trade books and have a TBR pile that they trade back and forth. However, I do find it hilarious when he comes in and she’s on her period and he finds the adult novel and starts reading it and freaks out, “I don’t own anything like this!”
I enjoy how much training was shown. Sarah J. Maas did another extraordinary job at thinking about a character. Celaena had been in the salt mine’s. She would not have been in her best shape or condition of her life like before. I really like that she actually showed that she threw up after her first run with the contestants and that she had to work really hard to get back into shape. She had to train with Chaol and condition to even have a chance at winning. Not to mention, she was reckless in her past and Chaol had to teach her restraint. She was just a cocky teenager who didn’t even want to be called a jewel thief, even though it could save her life. I really enjoy how she used tar and rather than going straight up, she went up from the side and over. However, she didn’t win, she saved a life instead! I was so proud of her when she did that! I was really happy that she saved his life!
Celaena was supposed to stay in the middle of the pack but she craved the attention. Maas did an amazing job with keeping that character attribute and writing in slowly her past as to why she’d need that. A broken childhood, such as her parent’s dying and the King of Assassin’s, Arobynn Hamel, taking her in. Slowly we learned how she became such an amazing assassin even though it just shattered her as a child and made her crave the praise from her master. She was scared of heights, so he left her on a building. She wasn’t as good with her left hand, so he gave her the option … he breaks her right hand or she does … now she has a horrible scare where she broke it in a door. Her horrible childhood made her an amazing assassin but it’s still so crazy. Arobynn is such a creepy guy. He takes in a young child but instead of caring for her, he turns her into an assassin. Not to mention he just happens to show up at the right time? How was he there? Was he the one who killed her parents??
Kaltain was just … ugh. I didn’t like her to begin with. Obviously, she wasn’t a good person since she was all for the crown. I had guess she was being double crossed and would be used as the fall guy. I know something was up with all of the headaches but I wasn’t really sure what. She had a lot of emphasis to her … I don’t think we’re done seeing her to be honest. Why would Maas put so much into a character to be done with her? I’m really intrigued to see what’s to come but I’m not sure what we’ll see.
I wasn’t really sure what to think about Princess Nehemia. I really liked that she had a female friend to talk to. Obviously, Kaltain wasn’t going to be the one to talk about clothes and boys with since she just wanted to get closer with the Prince. Tangent, speaking of clothes, I just love that Celaena shops and loves clothes as much as she does. It’s amazing. Anyway, I guessed Nehemia knew more about the word marks than she led on. I really hoped she was a good guy and was so, so glad that she wasn’t caught up in the bad.
I really loved when they went and saw all the puppies and how Celaena stood up for the bad pup. Then on Yulemas she woke up to all the candy and ate most of it by the time Dorian showed up. How adorable is it that the puppy was her present?? Fleetfoot is the perfect name too. I do have to admit that it was adorable how both Celaena and Chaol fell asleep at the Yule Service.
As far as the “bad guy”, I knew Cain was the obvious choice. Celaena even noticed he was getting bigger and bigger each time she saw him. I didn’t think he was actually smart enough to be the one behind it all though. It kind of surprised me the King and the Duke were behind it since the King was the same guy who banned magic but at the same time, why not ban magic and leave this one kind for yourself?