BOOK REVIEW: The Assassin’s Blade (Throne of Glass #0.1-0.5)
by Sarah J. Maas
Publication date: 13 March 2014
Publisher: Bloomsbury Childrens
Goodreads: 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…
Explore the dark underworld of this kick-ass heroine and find out how the legend begins in the five page-turning prequel novellas to the New York Times bestselling Throne of Glass series.
I’m not big reader of novellas but my goodness I loved The Assassin’s Blade. Even though they were five separate novellas, they were so detailed and well written that it felt like reading an entire book, just on a much smaller scale.
Each novella covered a different mission. My only complaint is that this could have been a prequel book, rather than individual novellas because each mission led into the next one.
I loved reading about Celaena’s past. All the questions we have about her past are answered in the novellas. No gap is left unfilled, no stone left unturned. There is reason for everything and like I said before, it is written with such amazing detail and depth.
One of my favourite things about the novellas was finally getting to meet Sam! The chemistry between Celaena and Sam was incredibly believable, even at the start when they hated each other. The development of their romantic relationship is somewhat of a slow burn but oh so enjoyable, even if we know how it all ends.
The novellas also confirm what we already knew—that Arobynn is a slimy creep who is not to be trusted. He’s essentially a cult leader, getting others to do his dirty work in return for a place to live and gifts.
I loved The Assassin’s Blade and it was a nice flashback to distract the reader from the current happenings of Celaena’s world as well as give some history to that world.