I devoured Throne of Glass immediately after finishing the assassin prequel novellas.
Celaena Sardothien spent a year of her life sentence in the salt mines. (A hard labor prison where most die within months). At 18 years old she has a chance at getting back some semblance of life.
The Crown Prince, Dorian Havilliard, wants Celaena to fight as the king’s Champion. If she wins a series of tests and competitive bouts against twenty-three other competitors, and agrees to serve four years by the king’s side, then the king will grant the young assassin her freedom.
Chaol Westfall is the Captain of the Royal Guard and assigned to stay close to Celaena, since she is an assassin, and has been plucked from a prison. Despite the fact the other twenty-plus contestants stemming from similar backgrounds.
During the weeks of the competition, Celaena also befriends Princess Nehemia Ytger. The two forge a close bond.
In the castle something is killing Champion contestants. A beast is slashing, and eating the people. Celaena finds herself tasked with stopping the beast, and winning the Champion position . . . all while maintaining a low profile.
The back of the book touts Throne of Glass of a cross between Games of Thrones and Hunger Games. I don’t think I could have come up with a better comparison.
Now, if you will excuse me. I am on to the next book in the series.