“Throne of Glass” by Sarah J. Maas
You may know Sarah J. Maas best for the “A Court of Thorns and Roses” series, but “Throne of Glass” is just as enthralling as her TikTok-famous books.
The first installment in her 7-book series introduces readers to Celaena Sardothien, an 18-year-old, world-renowned assassin who has been imprisoned for her crimes against the Kingdom of Ardalan, a land that has been leeched of the magic that once ran free in it.
Celaena thinks she will be stuck in a work camp for the rest of her life, but when the Crown Prince of Ardalan offers her a chance at freedom in exchange for competing in a life-or-death competition against 23 other criminals, she sees a way out.
Celaena is prepared to fight and kill for a second chance at life, but she isn’t ready for the torrent of evil brewing in the castle of glass — or for the way both the Crown Prince and Captain of the Guard will make her feel.
“Throne of Glass” is a suspenseful and romantic introduction into Maas’ most sweeping series to date.