Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Mass
The Throne of Glass is a historical fantasy in war-torn world. It begins with a young girl named Celaena in a horrible prison mine walking along corridors with a guard. The girl has apparently been at the prison for a year and has been summoned to speak with the prince of the nation. You find out that the girl is in fact the best assassin in the land or at least she was before she was put into the mine. The prince has come to ask her to be a champion for the King, to pose as his assassin and do his bidding for a period of time, after which she will be freed. In order to get this role she must compete with other champions across the land. Whoever is left at the end of the competition will be the king’s champion. Even though she despises the king, she agrees so she can earn her freedom. Once she gets to the castle and begins to get her strength back other events begin to happen. There are 23 other competitors in the beginning. After the first couple of weeks of the competition competitors begin to die in gruesome manors. Soon Celaena realizes that magic is causing the deaths and that someone is summoning a horrible beast to murder the other competitors. Celaena tries to solve the mystery, win the competition and keep herself from killing anyone who provokes her. This book is full of adventure, mystery, danger, and heartbreak, with a little added romance thrown in for good measure. I hope this is a series, I would love to read more about Celaena. I will be ordering this for my library. I give this one 5 out of 5.