Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Series: Throne of Glass 0.1-0.5
Published: March 4, 2014
Format: eBook (Kindle)
Source: Library download
My rating: 4.5/5 stars
Summary: 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. [Goodreads]
I didn’t think Sarah J. Maas could cause me that much more pain, but I was so wrong. Not only is The Assassin’s Blade beautifully written, but it pulled on my heart strings and made me so sad. It’s obvious the Celaena has been through way too much for a normal person, but these stories show how strong she is and what an amazing heroine SJM has written. Not only that, but the romance aspect is written like all romances should be: it is part of the main character, but doesn’t overwhelm them or take up too much of the story. And, Sam Cortland is perfect, which makes this book even sadder.
Technically, these novellas are a prequel to the TOG series, but I’d recommend reading them after the first one or two books, just so that you know Celaena (and learn why she’s so withdrawn) and her story more. They do talk about Sam briefly, but because of events (SPOILER: he’s dead), he is not in the main series. I loved the stories, not only because we got to lean more about the powerful main character, but because they go deeper in the backstory of Adarlan and set up the first book in the main series. They’re incredibly detailed and the last one is so heartbreaking you may cry (
like I did).
“You want to hear something ridiculous? Whenever I’m scared out of my wits, I tell myself: My name is Sam Cortland … and I will not be afraid. I’ve been doing it for years.”
AND SAM. I’ve shipped Celaena with two people in the main series, and I have to bump the number up to three, because these two are so perfect for each other and they have such amazing chemistry, I loved reading their interactions. However, there were times that Sam seemed like just a love interest, even though he could have had a great backstory. That’s pretty much my only complaint. SJM writes such intricate and beautiful characters (the good ones, the bad ones, the ones that really might not matter) and I’m so glad I finally got to this book.
This is definitely a must-read if you love the TOG series, and if you haven’t read any of Sarah J. Maas’ books, you should get on that! They’re some of the best fantasy books out there, her heroine’s are super awesome and empowering, there’s complex plots and some romance. What more could you want?