Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
Published August 2 2012 Bloomsbury
Celaena Sardothien is in shackles. Just one of thousands of slaves put to work in the mines of Endovier. Most last no longer than two weeks. Celaena has been there for over a year. Her crime? Being one of the greatest assassins.
Crown Prince Dorian plucks Celaena from her prison to compete in a tournament to become Ardarlan's assassin - the King's personal assassin. As well as this, after four years she would gain her freedom. If she fails the tournament (and doesn't die in the process) its back to the mines. Celaena doesn't have a choice - freedom is within her grasp and she is not afraid.
Throne of Glass is an exciting YA fantasy novel that had me hooked from the beginning. Celaena is a strong female lead, likeable and tough. The novel has great pace, the fantasy elements are believable and they add to the storyline without overcomplicating. The love triangle between Celaena, Dorian and Chaol (Team Chaol!) is deftly incorporated - not intrusive and just teasing enough to keep the reader guessing.
This is the first book in the series I can't wait to read the next! Love it!!