Published March 4th 2014 by Bloomsbury Childrens | 448 pages
Contains all five novellas.
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.
Review: 4 stars
The Assassin’s Blade contains the five Throne of Glass novellas – The Assassin and the Pirate Lord, The Assassin and the Healer, The Assassin and the Desert, the Assassin and the Underworld, and the Assassin and the Empire – all in one spectacular book. These novellas follow Celaena during her time as an assassin working for Arobynn, the King of Assassins, in Rifthold. It gives us an insight into Celaena’s previous life and the brutal betrayal that put her in the Salt Mines of Endovier.
I don’t normally read novellas because I find them to be a bit too much fluff so I wasn’t originally going to read the Throne of Glass novellas. But after reading the blurb to Queen of Shadows, I noted that Celaena will be facing a lot of her past in the fourth book so was keen to get the back story. Well I’m really glad I did! I was already seriously obsessed with this series, but after reading the novellas I somehow feel that my reading experience has been further enriched and my connection to the story is so much stronger.
Also I am incredibly impressed by Sarah J. Maas as an author. Not only does she write awesome, kick-ass stories but she really puts an incredible amount of thought into her vision. The world, the characters and the backstory are so well thought out! I can’t get over the amount of detail that has gone into Celaena’s story, and how that has been 100% reflected throughout the series. I can really see how Celaena’s character has grown and developed. Bravo Sarah J. Maas! I will be keeping my eye on you.
Overall I think The Assassin’s Blade is the perfect addition to the Throne of Glass series, and would highly recommend it. If you have read some of the Throne of Glass books then this a very enjoyable addition, and if you haven’t read Throne of Glass then this is a great beginning to ease you in.
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