Calaena Sardothien is Adarlan’s greatest assassin, but she was betrayed and is now a slave in the salt mines of Endovier. Then the Crown Prince approaches her with a proposition. She can earn her freedom if she becomes the King’s Champion. Of course there is a tournament with many of the kingdom’s most ruthless villains. Calaena accepts the challenge and becomes part of the King’s Court where intrigue, murder and romance are everywhere.
I really loved this book. Calaena is a great character; she is smart, pretty, sarcastic and kicks butt. I loved her interactions with both Crown Prince Dorian and Captain of the Guard Chaol. Of course both of them are vying for her hand; I really hope it ends up being Chaol. All the characters are intriguing and well-written and the world building is fabulous. The entire story of the land isn’t told but enough hints are given that I am hungry for more. I love fantasy and this one is one of the better ones I have read in a while. I have my theories on certain things and I hope they come true in future books. Can’t wait for more!