The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J. Maas

Title: The Assassin’s Blade

Series: Throne of Glass (Novella/Prequel 0.1-0.5)

Publisher: Bloomsbury Children’s Books

Published: March 2014

Pages: 437

Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy

Goodreads: 4 Stars

Synopsis:

The twist of a knife, the birth of a legend…

Celaena Sardothien owes her reputation to Arobynn Hamel. He gave her a home at the Assassins’ Guild and taught her the skills she needed to survive.

Arobynn’s enemies stretch far and wide – from Adarlan’s rooftops and its filthy dens, to remote islands and hostile deserts. Celaena is duty-bound to hunt them down. But behind her assignments lies a dark truth that will seal her fate – and cut her heart in two forever…

These novellas, compiled into one book, forming the prequel to The Throne of Glass series is a must read! I have read everywhere that it should be read before Queen of Shadows, the fourth book in the series as it adds a lot of depth and understanding of what happens before Celaena Sardothien is pulled out of Endovier.

At first I thought the book was quite slow, to be honest, I couldn’t be bothered reading it all that much. But then I read somewhere that it is recommended to be before the release of Queen of Shadows, and that someone from the prequel shall be revealed, I thought; gosh I better get started! So I started the book slow, but once I got into it, I wanted to know more! I wanted to know more about Sam, the boy she loved before everything happened, and what he would be like. Definitely you will get to see him throughout the book. As I read on, The Assassin and the Pirate Lord, I could see the beginning of Celaena and Sam’s relationship, how it they were always at each other, and then slowly seeing that change as they worked together through the first novella. By then you can see hints of what Sam feels for Celaena, but she is oblivious to it.

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Words of Radiance; Part two by Brandon Sanderson

Title: Words of Radiance (Part two)

Series: The Starlight Archive

Publisher: Gollancz

Published: March 5, 2015

Pages: 564

Genre: Epic Fantasy

Goodreads: 4.78

Rating: 5 stars

Synopsis

It began with The Way of Kings

There are many caught up in the war that burns across Roshar. Brightlord Dalinar Kholin, who leads the human armies; his sister Hannah, a renowned scholar; her student, the brilliant but troubled Shallan and Kaladin who became the first magically endowed Knight Radiant in centuries. 

This book, the fourth in the series, really picks up the pace of the series. Sanderson is brilliant in creating and building epic fantasy worlds, that immerses and grips you without letting go. The moment I started to read this, I had so many questions, but slowly, some of them are answered, leaving you wanting more. Kaladin is definitely my favourite character, at the beginning of the series he starts as a man of slavery, he had given up on the world, but there is hope as he meets a Syl. I liked seeing the struggles that Kaladin went through in this book. Especially his opinion of light-eyed nobles. I was glad that, although he is stubborn and has a specific mindset, that slowly changed as he became to know Dalinar and Adolin Kholin through protecting their family.

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