I read Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas. It’s about the infamous Ardalan’s Assassin who is released from a horrible slave camp and is recruited by the crown prince to be his champion. The evil and immoral king of the land wishes to hold a competition for the title of being the King’s Champion, which would grant the winner freedom and a pardon from their crimes. Competing against nineteen other criminals in the competition, Celaena soon finds something mysterious going on in the palace. She begins to care deeply about both the prince and his best friend, the captain of the guard. Since magic is banned in the kingdom, Celaena can hardly believe it when she sees one of the other competitors, Cain, use magic to bring a rimmerack from another dimension to help him win the competition. An ancient Fae queen speaks to Celaena to help her win the competition and find out the mysterious parts of the palace. She knows that something is wrong with the king and that he is hiding something from all of his kingdom. Even after being drugged, Celaena wins the competition and becomes the vile king’s assassin until she wins back her freedom.
I really enjoyed this book. I liked the magic and romance mixed with the fighting and mystery. It’s basically all of my favorite genres in one book. I also really liked Celaena’s little quirks; she loves to read and eat chocolate cake. It makes her seem a lot more humane for being an assassin. The relationships she has with the prince and the captain of the guard are very realistic; they are still wary of her abilities even after she proved herself to be able to be calm and collected. Celaena is a fantastically written character and comes alive wherever you are in the book. I have already read the second book and am eagerly waiting for the third. I would recommend this book to anybody who enjoys fantasy and magic.