Contains all five novellas.
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.
“If you can learn to endure pain, you can survive anything. Some people learn to embrace it- to love it. Some endure it through drowning it in sorrow, or by making themselves forget. Others turn it into anger.”
Assassin’s Blade is a prequel to the best selling Throne of Glass series written Sarah J Maas. It consists of 5 novellas namely: The Assassin and The Pirate, Assassin and The Healer, Assassin and The Desert, The Assassin and The Under world and lastly, Assassin and The Empire. This centers on the events before she became a slave in Endovier and come King’s Champion. We come to see how Celaena became Adarlan’s most notorious assassin. I have read Throne of Glass and Crown of Midnight before reading this that’s why I got to glimpse some backstories of Sam Cortland and Arobynn Hamel. Although they were not mentioned clearly like this book did.
Sam Cortland is Celaena Sardothien’s former lover and side kick. They are both assassins trained by Arobynn Hamel. I didn’t know about him before Assassin’s Blade except that Celaena loved him. It broke my heart to know that he died unjustly. They were starting out their new life together but it all disappeared when he died. How cruel the world is right? Their love for each other is genuine. Sam loved Celaena for years! I fell in love with him after reading this book.
“I love you,” he repeated, shaking her again. “I have for years. But if I asked you to pick, you’d choose Arobynn, and I. Can’t. Take. It.”
“You’re a damned idiot,” she breathed grabbing the front of his tunic. “You’re a moron and an ass and a damned idiot. He looked like she had hit him. But she went on, and grasped both sides of his face. “Because I’d pick you.”
Sarah J Maas’ handwriting is undoubtedly beautiful and poetic. I didn’t have a hard time imagining the scenes and characters. Honestly, I don’t read novellas because they’re short and some stories are unimportant for me. This one is different for me. This is a great novella full of thrill, actions and emotionally tragic scenes. It looks like an actual book because stories are interconnected from the start. I’m impressed with Celaena Sardothien’s character development. I didn’t realized that I have yet to learn more about Celaena’s character. It’s good to know more about her past. Realizing how hard it’s for her to trust and love again after what she’s been to.
The Assassin and The Desert is my favorite novella among the rest. She was tasked by Arobynn Hamel to go to The Silent Assassins of the Red Desert and to train with the master of The Silent Assassins. She met Ansel, a girl with a cruel past and they become best of friends. This novella captured me because it’s full of action and life lessons. Celaena truly showed that despite her fierce, brave and kickass character, she is also human who is capable of loving.
“Words could be just as deadly as steel.”
Overall, this book made me laugh, cry and emotionally devastated. Sarah J Maas is truly a genius and good at writing swoon worthy characters. Giving this a 5 out of 5 stars for each of the 5 novellas. I can’t wait to read Heir of Fire!