This is definitely the best book of this series. I recommend it to all lovers of teen fiction, action, adventure and romance. I like this book better than the others for several reasons. One: it does not include that infuriating second-thought magic plot line that quickly became the only plot line in later books. Two: Sam is alive! Every one of the characters in these books annoy me to at least some degree, Sam included. But the only reason I am annoyed with Sam, my favourite character, is because he cares for Celaena. Think about this realistically. Celaena is a terrible person! Not this many people would throw themselves at her! It was five people in this series. Five! Just consider that. I would not recommend the rest of this series.