Celaena has been doing time. A year of hard labour in the salt mines to be precise. One day, unexpectedly, she is offered a choice by the Crown Prince, Prince Dorian; a chance at freedom. She must serve as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin and – if she wins – serve him for three years. Trained up by Chaol, the captain of the guard, Celaena relishes the challenge of fighting the most dangerous men in the kingdom. When the Prince takes a more personal interest in her, things become more interesting – though it is somewhat complicated by her relationship with the captain of the guard. The fact that there also seems to be a killer on the loose adds to the suspense and action, and keeps you reading on!