The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J. Maas

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This is a book of five novellas that act as a prequel to Throne of Glass. There’s some confusion as to when to read this one. I’ve seen a lot of people read it between Throne of Glass and Crown of Midnight. I personally waited until after I finished Heir of Fire to read it. The book includes “The Assassin and the Pirate Lord,” “The Assassin and the Healer,” “The Assassin and the Desert,” “The Assassin and the Underworld,” and “The Assassin and the Empire.”

Rating: [3/5]

Reading Challenge: A book of short stories

Goodreads Summary:

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.

Likes: I really enjoyed getting to see this insight in Celaena’s character and seeing more of her relationship with Sam and her relationship with Arobynn. It was also really awesome to see her as an assassin. My favorite of the novellas were the last two, “The Assassin and the Underworld” and “The Assassin and the Empire.” They were so intense and explained a lot about what happened in Throne of Glass. Also I loved the cameos of some old favorites.

Dislikes: This one had a hard time keeping my attention. “The Assassin and the Pirate Lord” was pretty good, but “The Assassin and the Healer” and “The Assassin and the Desert” had a hard time keeping my focus. They weren’t bad by any means, but they felt kind of draggy at times.

Tune in next week to read my review of Scarlet by Marissa Meyer!

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