The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J Maas is a bind-up of the five Throne of Glass prequel novellas. If you are a fan of the series, this book is a must-have to sneek a glimpse into Celaena’s past.
“Celaena Sardothien is Adarlan’s most feared assassin. As part of the Assassin’s Guild, her allegiance is to her master, Arobynn Hamel, yet Celaena listens to no one and trusts only her fellow killer-for-hire, Sam. In these action-packed novellas – together in one edition for the first time – Celaena embarks on five daring missions. They take her from remote islands to hostile deserts, where she fights to liberate slaves and seeks to avenge the tyrannous. But she is acting against Arobynn’s orders and could suffer an unimaginable punishment for such treachery. Will Celaena ever be truly free? Explore the dark underworld of this kick-ass heroine to find out.”
At first I didn’t know quite what to think about this book. The development went a little slow in the first novella, but by the last page of the entire book, I was hooked! Sarah J. Maas did it again! I have read this book along with the first book, Throne of Glass, and I can definitely say that so far she really knows how to draw in her readers. The characters were brilliantly developed throughout the five novellas.
Many readers may be asking the question of when to read this book since it is a collection of Celaena’s past. Sarah herself recommends reading it before Throne of Glass, and I strongly agree. Nothing in The Assassin’s Blade will ruin anything for Throne of Glass. It will only magnify your understanding. This book sticks to how the main character develops into the assassin that we see in Book 1. I read Throne of Glass previously, and I somewhat wish I had read these novellas before Book 1 just for chronological reasons, but either way, it is up to you how you would like to go about the series.
Each individual story seems to magnify from the last. The events Celaena has to overcome will make your heart race. I didn’t expect anything going into the stories, but my heart sure broke at the end… Thanks Sarah… I don’t want to say any more about the actual contents of the stories BECAUSE YOU NEED TO READ THIS BOOK FOR YOURSELF! You will be cheering while mentally killing many of the characters as you follow what Celaena experiences. If you are anything like me, you will be pulled tremendously into The Assassin’s Blade by the last novella. I gave this book 5 out of 5 stars!
(When reading the last chapter, listen to I Found by Amber Run. I think the song helps fully take in the scene. Enjoy!)
The five Novellas:
- 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
More Book Information:
Published: 4 March 2014
Publisher: Bloomsbury Children’s
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
How I Read It: Paperback
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