Wednesday, February 14

Review: The Assassin's Blade (Throne of Glass #0.1 - 0.5)

The Assassin's Blade (Throne of Glass #0.1 - 0.5)
Sarah J Maas

Published By: Bloomsbury
Publication Date: March 4, 2014
Date Read: January 12, 2018
Genre: YA - Fantasy
Source: Bought
Format: Hardback
Pages: 448

From Goodreads:
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.

The Assassin's Blade has been sat unread on my shelf for what feels like forever. I have already read all of the other books in the Throne of Glass series, barring Tower of Dawn. I absolutely love the entire series and so thought it was about time to read the prequel novellas. Especially since the final book of the series is due out this year. I plan to re-read the entire series this year before the publication of the final book and what better way to start than with the prequel novellas.

Before I go on let me stress once again my love for this entire series. I adore it and it made me fall in love with YA fantasy books. It was one of the first YA fantasy series I read and that is now my fave genre. I love the world of Throne of Glass, the characters everything...


The Assassin's Blade was such a struggle for me to get through. I really wanted to love it because of how much I adore the rest of the series but it took me almost a fortnight to get through this book. Now, I'm quite a fast reader and it usually only takes me a day or two to polish off a 500 page novel so it should not have took me almost 2 weeks to read 5 novellas. I just didn't connect with them as much as the rest of the series. I found the pace slow, I was bored and I just found myself not caring what was happening. The only novella I found I really liked was the final one and that was because it links into the beginning of Throne of Glass and I liked seeing how Caleana ended up in Endovier. It was the only one that got any sort of emotional response. I went from not caring about anything in the others to crying my eyes out when a certain character was killed. Yes... you know the one.

I really wanted to love The Assassin's Blade so much but I just couldn't. It was such a struggle and to be honest if it wasn't for the fact that I had already read the rest of the series I would have just DNF'd it. I only pushed through because I knew what was coming after these slow and boring novellas was epic and awesome. I am super glad I read the rest of the series before these as I probably wouldn't have read them otherwise and it is one of my all time favourite series. After reading the novellas, I don't feel like I have gained any deeper meaning or insight having read them. It was nice to see the guy she loved before the series but if I was to re-read the series again I'd give this one a miss.

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