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.

Then I read on to The Assassin and the Healer, which I thought slowed down a bit too. It was still interesting to see the healer’s perspective of Celaena, and how Celaena helped her. I really enjoyed watching Celaena be a kick ass heroine, but also a softer side to her, where she feels the need to help her.

The Assassin and the Red Desert was really interesting, and this really drew me in. I was intrigued by a different setting and way of life as Celaena delved into her training. I was curious about the Master and why he wouldn’t train her. I enjoyed Celaena’s growing friendship with Ansel. I just really enjoyed the novella! I loved the way the Master eventually taught Celaena, and she took on the training without the arrogance that she normally has when facing everyone else in the world! It completely reminded me of the karate kid! Loved the twist at the end, and how loyalty and friendship weaves its way towards the end of the novella.

The Assassin and the Underworld and The Assassin and the Empire moved back to Rithold, where Celaena was back at the Assassin’s Guild. I was so glad to be seeing Sam again, and their interactions are awkward, with Celaena having too much pride to realise and accept the developing feelings for Sam. Slowly, but surely, their friendship grows more, and I just loved watching the two of them together through this part of the book. I was glad to see this depth that Celaena had with another person that she trusted, before she became terribly bitter and hating the world. Things in Throne of Glass made a bit more sense. Getting to know Lysandra was not pleasant! But she was an interesting character to know more about, especially as Celaena, Sam and Lysandra practically grew up together. And this is where I definitely would say read The Assassin’s Blade before Queen of Shadow, because there is so much that links from one to another, and it was great as I read them straight after one another so it was fresh in my mind. By the end of The Assassin’s Blade, I was practically crying! We all know what happens to Sam, I was dreading it as I reached the end. To know more, and how, and why…. it was just so heartbreaking. Sam made the book, he was the highlight, and getting to know him, just made me feel so much for Celaena. Without Sam, I honestly don’t think I would have liked the book as much. I probably would of thought it slow, but he was the highlight. I really liked knowing more about Celaena and her life at the Guild, with Arobynn and the other characters who helped shape her to be how she is and it made me understand her so much more.

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