Book: Throne of Glass
Series: Throne of Glass #1
Author: Sarah J. Maas
After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin. Her opponents are men-thieves and assassins and warriors from across the empire, each sponsored by a member of the king's council. If she beats her opponents in a series of eliminations, she'll serve the kingdom for three years and then be granted her freedom.
Celaena finds her training sessions with the captain of the guard, Westfall, challenging and exhilirating. But she's bored stiff by court life. Things get a little more interesting when the prince starts to show interest in her... but it's the gruff Captain Westfall who seems to understand her best.
Then one of the other contestants turns up dead... quickly followed by another.
Can Celaena figure out who the killer is before she becomes a victim? As the young assassin investigates, her search leads her to discover a greater destiny than she could possibly have imagined.-Goodreads
Review: Overall, this was a predictable but fun read. The plot was rather simplistic and there wasn't much world building, but there is a lot of potential for future books. I had a love/hate relationship with Celaena, the protagonist who is an assassin fighting for a chance at freedom. I loved her big personality but I could never really 'buy' her as an assassin. She had zero patience, was not subtle and at one point, knowing a killer is on the loose in the castle, finds a bag of candy next to her bed and digs in. Um...it could have been poison! There was a (kind of) love triangle with Dorian (Prince) and Chaol (Captain of the Guard) which I hope is not dragged out throughout multiple books.
Fun start to a new series!