Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars. Finally, Cel has redeemed herself. I was about to give up on this series, but it finally lived up to my expectations of what an assassin should act like.
Cel is 18 and has endured a year at the slave mines, a feat in and of itself. She's placed in a contest to become the King's assassin and should she win, she will gain her freedom after 4 years of service.
There's a love triangle - which you know is my fave! Though it's not much of a contest: Dorian, the crown prince over Choal, the captain of the guard. I mean, really? LOL
Anyhoo, in the back of Cel's mind, the thought that one of her own in the Assassins' guild betrayed her and Sam looms there, but she's not taking action on it because she's got bigger fish to fry at the moment.
For one she's trying to win the contest, two she's got her hands full with the two men vying after her heart (really no contest there LOL), and three there's some evil presence killing the contestants. Cel is sucked into another plot line - one that hasn't come to the forefront in the other books - the presence of magic in her world and how it's slowly being eradicated by the evil king.
There's something more to Cel as she communicates with a long dead Queen and the Queen tells her the call of blood cannot be denied. Woah! Is Cel royalty???
That would be a great plot twist. We also meet other villains, a Duke who mentally manipulates people at the King's orders.
Plus there's a princess who befriends Cel, and she's well versed in magic and the like.
So there's a lot going on, but I still want Cel to have that moment where she's like - Okay, I was really stupid, young, and naive, but I'm grown now and I'm done making stupid mistakes. My former master is going down. -- I truly need that scene to believe in her from this point. Like she needs to put 2 and 2 together.
Still, we see Cel's progression in this book. She no longer instantly trusts and it still takes a while for her to completely trust those around her - plus she keeps a few secrets of her own. Awesome! Definitely something an assassin would do.
Definitely continuing on with this series, though I'm not in any rush. The author is still writing and it seems years before we see the finale. I'm taking my time :)
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