Name: The Assassin’s Blade
Author: Sarah J. Maas
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.
Review: Packaged together, these 5 novellas are all prequels to Throne of Glass and tell the reader more about Celaena’s backstory, how she ended up in the salt mine’s of Endovier and why she is the way she is. I have to admit I didn’t expect much from the book, but as I started reading it I became absolutely absorbed in it – the stories ran smoothly into each other (I can see why they have been packaged as one book), there was action, suspense and romance – I was captivated from page 1.
From plotting against pirates, training with the Master of the Silent Assassins, becoming more independent and finding love, Celaena grows into her own in these stories whilst fighting and kicking ass. Having been brought up by Arobynn, master of assassins in Ardalan, she has always lived by his rules and tried to be the best assassin. But on meeting the pirate lord she discovers there is more to life than just killing on demand, and she decides to rescue a shipload of slaves, which sets a series of actions into play that affects the rest of the plot and Celaena’s very future. For me though the fact that she has morals and only goes after the ‘bad guy’ makes me feel better about her being an assassin and puts me 100% on her side throughout the story.
Although I pretty much knew where the story was going (having already read Throne of Glass), the ending blew me away! I just wasn’t prepared for how it would affect me and it honestly broke my heart. It was a complete emotional rollercoaster.
Whether you’ve read Throne of Glass or not this is a fab read!