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The Assassin’s Blade is a collection of 5 Novellas set in Erilea that take place before Throne of Glass. I’m going to separate the review by each novella and then give an overall rating.
WARNING: There are spoilers in this review for Throne of Glass.
The Assassin and the Pirate Lord, 72 pages, 4/5 stars:
This is the book in which we are introduced to Celaena, Sam, Arobynn, and the other assassins. Sam and Celaena, who do not like each other, are sent on a mission to the Dead Islands by Arobynn, but are not told the details of the deal. Once they find out that Arobynn is intending on entering the slave trade the assassin duo decide to put their differences aside and help the slaves escape.
At first Celaena is callous, cold, and arrogant in this book, but we (and Sam) get to see her softness toward the helpless (slaves).
The Assassin and the Healer, 37 pages, 3/5 stars:
After a severe beating by Arobynn Celaena is further punished and sent on a journey to the Silent Assassins in the Red Desert. Before she gets there she meets a young aspiring healer, Yrene. I don’t feel like it made a big difference in the character development of Celaena, unless Yrene will be showing back up in later novels.
The Assassin and the Desert, 106 pages, 4/5 stars:
This was my second favorite of the novellas. Celaena finally makes it to the Red Desert where she meets a variety of other assassins and trains with the master of them. The master of the silent assassins shows Celaena compassion and teaches her that Arobynn may not be the man she believed him to be. We also meet Ansel in this novella, who shows up later in the series.
The Assassin and the Underworld, 104 pages, 4/5 stars:
Celaena has returned from the Desert and is given a new assignment by Arobynn. Sam and Celaena decide to work on this together and we see their relationship develop. Celaena grows a lot in this book as she finally realizes what love is and begins to feel real emotions for the first time in years.
The Assassin and the Empire, 98 pages, 5/5 stars:
My poor heart. I knew it was coming because I had already read ToG, but UGH. I ugly cried when Celaena found Sam. You have to read this novella to appreciate the depth of Celaena’s pain at this loss and her hatred for Arobynn. This novella ends with Celaena being put in the wagon and on her way to Endovier.
– I definitely recommend reading the prequels, as you are introduced to several characters in The Assassin’s Blade that reappear in later books. I would especially be sure to read the prequel before reading the fourth book in the series (Queen of Shadows (Throne of Glass)). There is a major character in QoS that you meet in tAb. Understanding this character’s previous relationship with Celaena is important. Not to mention knowing the pain Celaena feels regarding her relationship with Sam cannot be adequately understood if you don’t read tAB.
So this series was something I picked up cause I needed something by Maas to pass time while I waited for ACOWAF.. With that being said this book is the prequel to a Throne of Glass series with 5 novellas about Calaena from the time she was young until the beginning of Throne of Glass when she had ended up in Endovier (a salt mine prison) for a year. For me, this book started off slow throughout the first 3 novellas and doesn't really pick up until the fourth one. It also gives you a sneak peek into meeting the late Sam Cortland, whom is mentioned numerous times throughout this series. He is mentioned in EVERY book of this series, and you can tell he means a lot to her, but we get to meet him in this book. And what he meant to her and what she does for him. I love Sam.
I did enjoy this book cause I loved reading about her past adventures. I will admit this doesn't happen often but reading the book while listening to the audible(I do this a lot) I almost started crying at some of the more emotional parts. I wont spoil it for you but when Celaenas heart broke it ripped mine out as well and just utterly broke me(The Assassin and the Empire). I highly recommend this book and this series, and this author (She is my favorite author, I do not say this lightly for all of 2016 and 2017 so far. I have not found a writer whom I can reread the books and still have the feels and soul tearing and heart wrenching like she does.)
Throughout this book I had the thought about Caleana was highly arrogant and just plain immature and selfish but I had to remind myself constantly how old she really was at 16 and remember that is how they act. I do like how this novella didn't feel the need to leave a cliffhanger but yet it made you unable to wait to pick up the next book. Each person has recommended a different way of reading the novellas, such as behind the 1st and 2nd book. Or first. But honestly as someone who waited to buy all of them and then started with this one. I think I enjoyed it so much more reading it first, before reading the first. That way when things were mentioned throughout the series, I knew the backstory, or at least one part of the backstory. I just wish Caleana had not seemed so naive or foolish about some things that happened when you could so clearly tell what had happened but how else is she to grow as a person? I love the way she weaved her past stories within the plot.
Overall recommendation would be read them. Read them first. Read them last, but these novellas should be read with this series. Even as a novella they create so many feels and gives you a chance to meet a couple of the characters and get to know them and watch how the plot lines begin to grow. It was so intriguing and complex and just floors and makes you fall in love with it.
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This group of short stories fill in the gaps of Pre Throne of Glass quetions .
This is a beautifully written, intricately crafted novella set of prequels (all five) to Throne of...Read more