Maas, S. (2012). Throne of glass. New York: Bloomsbury. ISBN: 9781619630345. Paperback: $10.99. Also available in hardcover, e-book, and audiobook format.
How can an assassin redeem themselves? Competing for the King might be a start. When Celaena is fetched from her prison camp by Prince Dorian’s Captain of the Guard, Chaol, her life begins to turn in a few very unexpected directions. Once she was the deadliest assassin in Erilea, a job that landed her in the slave camp. Now she’s in a competition to become the King’s Champion. If she can defeat 23 other competitors and serve the King, she’ll have her freedom. But prison has left her weak, so she has some work to do before she has a chance to be victorious.
Navigating castle life isn’t easy though. Living with the other competitors is difficult, and there’s something dark lurking in the shadows, killing champions before each contest. On top of that, Celaena is the object of affection for two very important men, which also makes her the object of hatred for one jealous woman. Despite all this, she makes a friend in a princess visiting from another land, one with a secret power that would have dire consequences if she is discovered. With all these secrets and dangers, can Celaena triumph and be the one to serve the King?
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