1) Prior to this, I had been going through a funk where female protagonists had been getting on my nerves, and I found myself not wanting to pick up a book with a female lead, which probably eliminates about 60% of all the books out there.
2) Celaena is a heroine who is brave, mysterious, and real. She shrugs responsibility, shies away from addressing a situation she feels she can’t face, and makes mistakes. Who hasn’t done those things? That makes Celaena relatable. On the other hand, she is a highly trained assassin, can transform from a girl in love to a heartless killing machine in minutes, and has more secrets than Victoria (you know who I mean;) That makes her intriguing. She reminds me of some of Game of Thrones ladies. She’s a little bit Arya and a little bit Daenerys.
3) She is surrounded by an equally intriguing cast: Nehemia, princess of a fallen kingdom and practically a prisoner under the evil king of Adarlan or is she? Nehemia is hiding just as much as Celaena is and her secrets could bring about the fall of another kingdom; Chaol Westfall, Captain of the Guard is loyal, honorable, left behind his own chance to rule in order to protect the man who does rule, and is hopelessly in love with an assassin whether he will admit it or not; Prince Dorian has an evil king for a father, a spoiled brat for a brother, a crush on his best friend’s girl, and, oh yeah, a secret so destructive that if the wrong person ever found out Dorian’s head would be on a pike outside his father’s glass castle.
4) Unlike a lot of series, I find this one unpredictable. There are four (maybe five – I’ve read conflicting accounts about the final number in this series) more books to come, and I have no clue where to even begin guessing what comes next, who will die, and who will be left standing when we reach the last page of the final book, though I bet Celaena will still be alive and slicing and dicing her enemies.
Heir of Fire is just weeks away. I can’t wait to follow Celaena on her next adventure.