|Title: The Assassin's Blade|
Series: Throne if Glass #0.5
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Published: by Bloomsbury
Synopsis: Celaena Sardothien is her kingdom’s most feared assassin. Though she works for the powerful and ruthless Assassin’s Guild, Celaena yields to no one and trusts only her fellow killer for hire, Sam.
When Celaena's scheming master, Arobynn Hamel, dispatches her on missions that take her from remote islands to hostile deserts, she finds herself acting independently of his wishes—and questioning her own allegiance. Along the way, she makes friends and enemies alike, and discovers that she feels far more for Sam than just friendship. But by defying Arobynn’s orders, Celaena risks unimaginable punishment, and with Sam by her side, he is in danger, too. They will have to risk it all if they hope to escape Arobynn’s clutches—and if they fail, they’ll lose not just a chance at freedom, but their lives . . .
A prequel to Throne of Glass, this collection of five novellas offers readers a deeper look into the history of this cunning assassin and her enthralling—and deadly—world.
I was told this is the best place to start the series and having now read Throne of Glass I understand why. This is the Celaena Sardothian origin story. This is the explanation of how she got to be who she is and where she is mentally and physically as of Throne of Glass. It reads very different to Throne of Glass. This is not a plot driven story. It is a character-driven one. Now don't get me wrong, there are of course some exciting plot threads and plenty of adventure. I mean we are following an assassin on her missions, there are bound to be some action-packed fight scenes. But that's not what this book is about. This book is about how Celaena came to be the person we know her as today. Throughout this book we really get to spend time in her head. Understanding her strengths, her weaknesses, and her motivations. This is how Celaena Sardothian became the person we know and love.
Usually I don't like short stories or novellas. I like the ability to spend an extended period of time with the character and the world. I am never really satisfied with that when it comes to short stories. But what I liked about The Assassin's Blade was that while each book had a distinct plot and ending, each one built on the previous one to read as a cohesive larger story. Even if you don't like novellas or short stories this book, the bind up, is worth a read.
I give The Assassin's Blade by Sarah J. Maas a 9 out of 10
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