What would an assassin know about friendship?
Not very much seeing as she doesn't have the best examples from her past, and certainly has no surviving friends at the moment Throne of Glass begins. Being an assassin, and one of her caliber, proves just how dangerous it is to have people of immense value in your life. Coming out of the prison camp in Endovier, physically half-alive and not a little gun-shy, the last thing she or you as the reader would expect is how rapidly people become fixtures in her life following her release into a royal competition to be the King's Champion (not exactly the ideal place to make nice with your peers). But friendship is a hard thing to avoid when you have a curious, awkwardly caring Captain of the Guard, an affectionate prince, and a BAMF foreign princess interested in the candidness and mystery wrapped up in one lone assassin.
I think part of the reason Nehemia and Celaena get on so well is because they're so alike and yet their strengths come from different places entirely. They're both straightforward while putting forth an impenetrable mask to hide the secrets no one would believe of them, two strong-willed women who have seen much and know more than you can imagine. And our assassin perpetuated as this immovable carrier of a "heart of ice" is a princess at heart, with all her affection for girly things and making herself up. And they will both always do what is right, and have and will continue to sacrifice more than anyone should.
Even with the spark of attraction that has him in pursuit of Celaena's characters, in a quest for her truths, they make excellent friends (and I have a mind to keep them that way.) With a mutual passion for stories and a penchant for reading ALL THE THINGS, a built trust that may not grant Dorian passage to her entirely riveting past, there's little doubt on their connection.
Oh, I've really written this post to come to him within it. At first, Chaol's motives for accompanying our notorious assassin seems utterly unselfish and quite for the best considering. But before there's romance, or even a hint thereof, Chaol and Celaena are the ultimate best friends. Between going for a run first thing in the morning to sharing each other's company over a meal, these two aren't kidding anyone. More than that, Chaol learns a little something about acceptance, a hard rock of a man with a soft soul. There's something that will always bind them on a soul-deep level, a recognition and acceptance that never fails to move me.
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