Even though it is technically a series ( there are only two published, I hope there will be many more), it qualifies for book of the month as they are my favourite novels of the moment!
You might like this series if you have enjoyed novels by Maria V. Snyder, Kristin Cashore, and Cayla Kluver. I can't wait to read the third book, which comes out in September, but for those who are interested, here is a little teaser for the first book:
When magic has gone from the world, and a vicious king rules from his throne of glass, an assassin comes to the castle. She does not come to kill, but to win her freedom. If she can defeat twenty-three killers, thieves, and warriors in a competition to find the greatest assassin in the land, she will become the King’s Champion and be released from prison.
Her name is Celaena Sardothien.
The Crown Prince will provoke her. The Captain of the Guard will protect her.
And a princess from a foreign land will become the one thing Celaena never thought she’d have again: a friend.
But something evil dwells in the castle–and it’s there to kill. When her competitors start dying, horribly, one by one, Celaena’s fight for freedom becomes a fight for survival–and a desperate quest to root out the source of evil before it destroys her world.
I have to say that I don't particularly like the cover; I am not a fan of digitised people, therefore I was not really lured in by the cover. But don't judge this book by it's cover, it's out of this world, and there is so much more to it than what is said on the blurb. Trust me.