Author: Sarah J. Maas
My Rating: 9 out of 10
Summary (thanks Goodreads): 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.
My Thoughts: Holy hot moly, I don't even know how to start this review. I loved this book. Some serious "oh my God, how did I function before this book was brought into my life" love. This review is going to be quick and dirty because I need to get back to reading. The sequel is just sitting there taunting me. This book was essentially The Hunger Games, Game of Thrones (according to the cover, because I'm one of the last people in the world who haven't read/watched it) and The Selection added into one nice bundle. Add yourself a secure and confident main character, who kicks ass and knows it, and you've got yourself a winner. There's a love triangle (isn't there always nowadays) - and I'm on the fence about that. My love for Dorian and Chaol knows no bounds, so I feel like this series is going to be nothing but painful. I say, bring on the pain! The plot was fast paced, the action was amazing and the story just grabbed my attention and would not let go. Seriously, I need all of you to read it so we can fangirl and discuss it! You won't regret it, I promise.
Final Thoughts: Suffice it to say, before I even finished this one, I went to Chapters (because I couldn't even fathom waiting for Amazon to ship it - especially since it was a holiday this past weekend) and got the next two. So, yeah, go get.