It took about a month, but I have finally finished The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J. Maas.
I am happy that I finally took the time to read the prequel novellas. They add so much context to the main story. I decided to read it after Heir of Fire because I have heard that is the best time to read it because it will pack the most emotional punch. Now that I’ve read it, I’d have to agree.
Title: The Assassin’s Blade
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Genre: Fantasy, YA
Length: 438 Pages
Goodreads Rating: 4.37
My Rating: 4 Stars
Contains all 5 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.
It took me a little while to get into these stories. I think it’s because I was so caught up with the main story at the end of Heir of Fire that it was a bit difficult to step back in time. At the same time though, it was nice to get a glimpse of Celaena pre Endovier, and everything else. By the time I got to “The Assassin and the Desert” – I was hooked. I loved the initial friendship between Ansel and Celaena and the plot twist in that story really got me.
Also, let me just say that hearing about what happened to Sam in the main books, and actually reading about it in the novellas are two very different things. I didn’t think I would be that attached to Sam. I thought – I’d already loved Celaena and Chaol – and I adore Aelin and Rowan – so I didn’t think there was room in my heart for Sam. Boy…was I wrong. Sam is so loyal and sweet, and their blossoming relationship was absolutely adorable. Also, knowing how things were going to end while reading made things so much more poignant and bittersweet.
I am trying my best to keep this review spoiler free. So, I will now say that I gave The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J. Maas 4 out 5 stars. I would definitely recommend it – particularly to lovers of the Throne of Glass series who want more background and detail on the characters. The book is a collection of prequel stories to the Throne of Glass series. In terms of when to read it, I would suggest reading it after Heir of Fire. If you’re new to the series, you do have the option of reading it first because then you would experience the series in true chronological order. However, I think reading the stories after Heir of Fire makes them more emotional and poignant because by that time you will already be invested in the story. It will also give you more context before diving into the next installment.
In sum, I skipped the novellas the first time around, but I’m happy I decided to read them the second time around. I feel like I know Aelin so much better now, and Sam definitely deserved my attention.