You guessed it!
Sarah J. Maas
Sarah J. Maas is the author of the Throne of Glass series (previously mentioned in my welcome post) and is a brilliant writer.
(From left-right: Book 1, Throne of Glass, Book 2, Crown of Midnight, and the much coveted Book 3 Heir of Fire, which releases September 2nd, 2014)
Here is the synopsis for the first book, Throne of Glass, courtesy of Amazon.com
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 twenty-three killers, thieves, and warriors in a competition, she is released from prison to serve as the king's champion. Her name is Celaena Sardothien.
The Crown Prince will provoke her. The Captain of the Guard will protect her. But something evil dwells in the castle of glass--and it's there to kill. When her competitors start dying one by one, Celaena's fight for freedom becomes a fight for survival, and a desperate quest to root out the evil before it destroys her world.
**If that doesn't sound awesome to you, I don't know what will!**
You may say, "Yeah it sounds ok, but why do you love it so much?". Let me tell you!
There are MANY reasons to love the Throne of glass series. Among them are the characters; Sarah J Maas has created an array of extremely strong characters. You can't help but fall in love with Ardalan's notorious bad butt assassin Celaena Sardothien (aka the leading lady and my all time favorite lead female) and she KILLS people for a living!
Another beautiful attribute to this series is the world created by Mrs. Maas. She has successfully created a gripping environment our characters live in, complete with an evil king and forbidden magic. This series is intriguing and refreshing for YA fans who are tired of the fads of Vampire, Werewolves and Zombies.
Throne of Glass may be seem somewhat slow in the beginning, but keep going! Crown of Midnight will leave you mind blown and aching for Heir of Fire like the rest of us!
This is a series any true YA fan can't go without. It tops my personal favorite list, right up there with Laini Taylor's Daughter of Smoke & Bone. Anyone who has read THAT BOOK knows how unique and wonderful a series has to be to equal it.
For my fellow ToG fans who are also salivating for September, I recommend you bide your time like me and read Sarah's ToG novellas, Assassin's Blade!
These are novellas, and take place right before the events of Throne of Glass.
The novella collection consists of 5 short stories including:
The Assassin and the Pirate Lord
The Assassin and the Healer
The Assassin and the Desert
The Assassin and the Underworld
The Assassin and the Empire
If you are interested in purchasing the collection you can do so here!
WARNING!You will feel exactly like this after Crown of Midnight...but it is SO worth it!