Series: Throne of Glass, books 0.1-0.5 (novellas)
Pages: 448 pages
Publisher: Bloomsbury Childrens USA
Dates read: February 20th-22nd, 2015
Goodreads Synopsis:Rating: 5/5 stars
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.
These novellas are literally the best thing to have ever existed. I'm so happy that we have a chance to get to see how Celaena was before Endovier and before she became King's Champion. They were insightful and only made Sarah J. Maas' world-building even better - I liked that we got to see the Red Desert and learn about the Silent Assassins (my favourite novella out of the five was the Red Desert one.
I liked that we got to see different parts of Erilea that we wouldn't necessarily see in the action Throne of Glass books, or places that we've only heard of. I also liked how there were events that Celaena references in the other books that we got to see in here (like stealing the Asterion mare from the Lord of Xandria.)
I also really liked that we got to see Celaena's relationship with Sam - even if it made my heart hurt because of everything Celaena's said about him and how she feels about his death in the rest of the series.
Basically, The Assassin's Blade provides a wonderful insight into the world Sarah J. Maas has built in the Throne of Glass series. I would definitely recommend it to anyone who loved the series and who wants to get more insight into the world, the characters and the motivations behind certain of Celaena's feelings in actions. These novellas are all wonderful and now I'm even more eagerly awaiting Queen of Shadows than I was before!