Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas is a high fantasy. Celaena Sardothien has spent the last year as a slave in the salt mines, put there for being an assassin. But the Crowned Prince has a challenge for her - win the tournament his father is having, then serve as his Champion for four years, and she will have earned back her freedom. The contest is hard - her body is a wreck and she's under guard constantly. Though that may be a good thing because some creature is picking off the contestants one by one.
Throne of Glass is one of those novels my sister has been pushing on me for...over a year. Christmas, she sent me home with it, but I didn't pick it up until March and even then it sat by my bedside for a while with my bookmark one chapter in. So, since my attempt to force the habit of reading before bed failed, I stalked the library catalog for the audio book.
I breezed through this, as well as I can listening to an audio book. By which I mean I'd sit in my garage for 20-30 min after coming home to continue to listen. Or fill an hour between events sitting in a parking lot staring at the radio. I'm practiced at switching CDs on the highway now. ^_~
Action, romance, - actually, let me talk about that for a second. Because the romance isn't people just falling in love. It's Celena starting a relationship, and then realizing it's best to break if off as situations change. Its falling into the arms of people - romantically or platonically - because of how they help you through things and support you. The relationships in here are beautiful and I love seeing M/F friends. Typically guys and gals get all goo-goo eyed for each other and here they don't.
This is also brilliant at presenting hints of a larger story but not giving it, while still leaving you satisfied with the book. And refreshing your e-mail every 6 hours to see if your hold on the next book has come in yet >.<
Maas is also the only author signing I want to go to on Saturday. Here's hoping I get that chance!