“Freedom or death lay at this table. Her past and future were seated on a glass throne.” Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
Sarah J. Maas will draw you into a broken world where magic has been outlawed, people are enslaved in work camps, and where one girl, Celaena Sardothian, must fight to the death for a chance to trade chains: will she be free from her enslavement only to be enslaved by a king?
She is initially rescued from Endovier work camp where she is enslaved and beaten. Dorian Hallviard, the prince, shows up to rescue her and to give her a chance at freedom. If she defeats the other contestants in the King’s game, she will be the King’s Champion and will win her freedom. Right now that is her only goal.
But is she ever really free? This is an ongoing issue with her, as she is continually fighting for freedom in one form or another. This series sucks you into a world where magic has been banned, yet mysterious Wyrdmarks keep sending her on late night adventures in the castle as she learns the history of the castle by night and trains by day.
She also befriends a mysterious princess, Nehemia, along with the Captain of the Guard, Chaol Westerfall. Celaena is protected by mysterious forces, and her solutions are genius. She is a kick-butt woman, and you will fall in love with all the same characters that she comes to love.
I have recommended this book to countless people, and the ones who have read the series with me always fall in love with Celaena and can’t wait to read the next book in the series!