Best book I've read in a long time. Throne of Glass captured my attention immediately and definitely did not disappoint. (And don't worry, if the book summary makes you think 'Hunger Games' it's totally not going that path) Sarah J. Maas begins with a character you know nothing about but the more pieces you put to her puzzle the better the picture looks and the more complex she becomes. Each character is unique: An Assassin with a shadowed past, a Princess fighting for her people, a Prince who is cluelessly loyal to his kingdom, and a Captain of the Guard, loyal to his Prince, who falls in love with an assassin. The book is so well written and gets really into the gritty underworld of a kingdom in despair where magic has disappeared and no one knows why. I really loved how the author never gives you too much information at once, and you really develop the characters on your own without it being literally written out for you. I hope this encourages you to want to read Throne of Glass, because while I liked this first book in the series, books 2 (Crown of Midnight) and 3 (Heir of Fire) are just as amazing. It only gets better from here.
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 23 killers, thieves, and warriors in a competition, she is released from prison to serve as the king's champion. Her name is Celaena Sardothien.