“I don't think you realize who you're dealing with."
The man clicked his tongue, "If you were that good, you would be more than just Captain of the Guard."
Chaol let out a low, breathy laugh. "I wasn't talking about me."
"She's just one girl."
Though his guts were twisting at the thought of her in this place, with these people, though he was considering every possible way to get himself and Celaena out of here alive, he gave the man a grin. "Then you're in for a big surprise.”
- Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas
Things I love about Celaena Sardothien: an incomplete list.
1. Mirror, mirror, on the wall, who's the most badass of them all? Hint: by the time you've asked the mirror this question, Celaena has punched out the mirror, killed a majorly creepy plot-lurker you didn't even know was behind you, and given a critical once-over to your outfit. You don't need to ask this question. You have the answer already.
2 (or 1b). There are few things more annoying than characters who do not fill the shoes they've been given. "Oh yeah, sure, you're the most powerful wizard of all, right, uh huh." But there is no doubting that Celaena has what it takes to be Ardlan's Assassin. She travels days with severed heads in a sack, she has no problem torturing people who deserve it, and she's got one heck of a temper. Even her male romantic interests are a little scared of her. She may be a teenager, but that means we see a great amount of arrogance in her, too, which can sometimes be her downfall. She isn't all-powerful or completely right all the time, but she is a very major force to be reckoned with. (Except you'd be dead long before reckoning.) So yeah, her shoes fit perfectly (and they're undoubtedly gorgeous).
3. Celaena does not whine, moan, or otherwise fret over boys. The crux of this series, unlike so many others in YA, does not rest on which boyfriend will she pick. (Also, she mostly skips over "boys" and goes for "men." Good call, Celaena.) This doesn't mean there isn't romantic intrigue, tension, and drama. Ooooh no. The huge amount of Chaol fan art across the interwebs will clue you in there. Celaena is a young woman who understands there's a greater game being played and she strategizes as such, but she still has her failings. The reader is reminded of her young age when romance comes in to play but I feel like her actions and reactions are completely in keeping with her character.
4 (or 3b). Celaena is a complicated character who can be both strong and female. There's so much more behind this pretty face and her trump card is never her sexuality because she's got so many other talents to rely upon. Additionally, she may be a feared assassin, but she's also very much a young woman who indulges and delights in luxury and pretty dresses. She doesn't have a problem being both feminine and fearsome and I appreciate the sending of that message.
5. EVERYTHING AND ANYTHING ELSE. NEVER STOP WRITING, SARAH!