The Assassin's Blade Review

Title: The Assassin's Blade
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Series: Throne of Glass #0.1-0.5
Publisher: Bloomsbury Children's
Publication Date: 13 March 2014
Source: Purchased
Format: Paperback
Pages: 430
Rating: 3.6
Reading Timeline: 18 September 2018 - 22 September 2018


Goodreads Synopsis:


Celaena Sardothien owes her reputation to Arobynn Hamel. He gave her a home at the Assassins' Guild and taught her the skills she needed to survive.

Arobynn's enemies stretch far and wide - from Adarlan's rooftops and its filthy dens, to remote islands and hostile deserts. Celaena is duty-bound to hunt them down. But behind her assignments lies a dark truth that will seal her fate - and cut her heart in two forever...
Explore the dark underworld of this kick-ass heroine and find out how the legend begins in the five page-turning prequel novellas to the New York Times bestselling Throne of Glass series.



Book Review:
Pre-reading Thoughts:

It has taken me forever to get to this book. I just seem to be too busy for this, however, today is the day that I am finally getting to it.

Writing Thoughts:

The writing throughout the multiple novellas fluctuated quite a bit throughout the novellas. It was clear to see that they were written at different times and then complied. The voice that Celaena had in the first book, Throne of Glass, was quite predominant in this book. I loved how the writing was still rich with emotion and details.

Plot Thoughts:

I really enjoyed that we got to read about Celaena as Arobynn's heir. I think that it adds depth to the other books because we could hear about some of her feats before she found herself in Endovier. I also enjoyed that we got a little background as to how she found herself as a slave. This book was the perfect background book.

Character Thoughts:

We finally got to meet the infamous Sam and honestly, I wish I didn't get to know him so that my heart didn't have to break. I loved how Sam was different to Celaena. Their contrasting nature was fun and interesting. Towards the end, you could see the change in Sam though. He had this need to protect someone who didn't need it. Celaena was still kind of annoying and bratish sometimes but at the end, the very last novella was just incredible.

Final Thoughts:

Overall, I enjoyed these short stories. They were perfect in bridging the gap and providing background on Celaena. I found the writing to be a bit choppy but at the end of the day, it was still full of emotion and details. Sam was a heartthrob character and honestly, I can see why Celaena misses him.

Yours in Reading,
Melleny

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