Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Review | The Assassin's Blade, by Sarah J. Maas

What You Need To Know:
Title: The Assassin's Blade
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Number of Pages: 448
Standalone/Series: Prequel to the Throne of Glass Series
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance, Adventure, Magic, Novellas
Publisher: Bloomsbury Childrens
Publication Date: 4th March, 2014

The Plot:
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. 

My Thoughts:
Truthfully, I didn't know what to expect from this book. I didn't know when these took place or when to read it among the rest of the series. 
That, though, did not stop me from loving it. All the novellas flowed really well into each other and showed a wider image of Celaena's life. Although The Assassin and the Healer' was slightly slow in comparison to the rest of the novellas. 

'If you learn to endure pain, you can survive.'

In some ways, I think that this was actually better than Throne of Glass as an introduction to the various characters as the writing style is more elegant and Celaena was a more believable character, more realistic. 

'She was fire, she was darkness, she was dust and shadow'

As I read this before reading Queen of Shadows I was able to further understand Celaena as a character and had an emotional connection with her. Hence why I wept during lunch at a certain point near the end when a certain thing happened that I was not expecting at all. 

'The girl wasn't like wildfire - she was wildfire. Deadly and uncontrollable. And slightly out of her wits.'

In total, there is little I can say about this without spoiling but it was beautiful. Definitely read it before reading Queen of Shadows because it expands Celaena's character so much and makes you hate a certain King of Assassin's a lot more. 
This was definitely a *****

Book Total of 2016 - 8