My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas is a new favorite. A YA fantasy about a female assassin? Yes, please.
Summary: In a land without magic, where the king rules with an iron hand, an assassin is summoned to the castle. She comes not to kill the king, but to win her freedom. If she defeats twenty-three killers, thieves, and warriors in a competition, she is released from prison to serve as the king’s champion. Her name is Celaena Sardothien.
The Crown Prince will provoke her. The Captain of the Guard will protect her. But something evil dwells in the castle of glass–and it’s there to kill. When her competitors start dying one by one, Celaena’s fight for freedom becomes a fight for survival, and a desperate quest to root out the evil before it destroys her world.
This was an action-packed, engrossing novel about a feisty teenage girl with nothing to lose. She’s willing to do whatever it takes to win her freedom, even if it means abiding by the king’s rules. The characters in this novel were extremely well-developed, their motivations clearly understood. I really enjoy reading multiple third-person perspectives, especially when it’s done well. (Maas does it oh so well.)
Glass castle? Jealous. Romance? Swoon. Promise of magic? Yes, yes, yes.
Loved the mystery and the intrigue. Looking forward to reading the rest of the series.