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Posted July 12, 2014
THE ASSASSIN'S BLADE These are the best novellas to go with a s
THE ASSASSIN'S BLADE
These are the best novellas to go with a series that I've read so far, and for that, this book deserves full five stars. (Of course, it deserves the rating in many other ways as well.) I don't read many novellas because I prefer full length novels, but in The Assassin's Blade , the length of each story didn't bother me at all because they all fit together to form a much longer one.
I loved learning more about Celaena's past and the people that were in her life (namely Sam, Arobynn, and Ansel) before the star of Throne of Glass. They were both fun and . . . not-so-fun (I'm referring to the painful parts) to read, but I enjoyed reading each novella!
THE ASSASSIN AND THE PIRATE LORD
This one was the most fun. Sam was introduced--and I started getting a little attached to him. I loved seeing he and Celaena work together against the pirates. There was a lot of cool action and the assassin's sure showed their skills (which are pretty darn good).
THE ASSASSIN AND THE HEALER
This one was very short, but it was a nice read! I loved Yrene's step from a weak, defenseless-seeming girl to one that was capable of protecting herself and choosing her own destiny. I also loved Celaena's role--despite being Adarlin's Assassin, she does have a heart.
THE ASSASSIN AND THE DESERT
This novella . . . well, let's just say it explains Celaena's distrust of certain people in Throne of Glass.
THE ASSASSIN AND THE UNDERWORLD
My emotions were all over the place during this one. There were happy moments and victorious ones. There were also very tense ones. A couple parts (mainly the ones with Lysandra), I felt as irritated as Celaena. This novella made me a little sad because I was dreading how much closer I was to what happens in the last one.
THE ASSASSIN AND THE EMPIRE
Wow. So many feels. This on broke my heart.
I LOVED the note on which it ended, though. It was perfect!
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Posted January 2, 2015
I've had Throne of Glass on my shelf for years and have yet to r
I've had Throne of Glass on my shelf for years and have yet to read it - shameful, right? Well, when it was picked as our January Read-A-Long, I knew I had to read The Assassin's Blade first. They're prequel novellas, there was no way I was going to start a new series without all the information! Rather wise decision on my part.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
I immediately knew I was going to love Celaena. She is that strong badass heroine that any woman, and man, can look up to. She knows who she is and what she stands for. We don't know much about her past prior to Arobynn finding her and training her to be Adarlan's Assassin, but I have a feeling the past will be revealed in prior novels and the mystery is killing me!
These five novellas allow us to learn who Celaena is and understand her motives a bit more while reading Throne of Glass - yes, I immediately read Throne of Glass after finishing The Assassin's Blade. Not sure how you wouldn't be able to do such a thing!
While all together these stories are a rather decently sized full novel, they stand on their own and create an excellent prologue. If you are a Throne of Glass fan, or are looking to start this series, I cannot recommend The Assassin's Blade enough - it really is the perfect beginning to what is shaping out to be an amazing series.
Posted December 1, 2014
I read all of the other books and then decided to read this. I was so glad that i had. It is so wired to like an assasin i mean who does that othr then wiered people. Not that i can claim not to be weiredWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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Posted September 26, 2014
What a beginning!
Celaena is like any teenage girl with an eye for fashion, who just also happens to be the Guilds best assassin. The novellas introduces this young woman, allowing me to get into her head, discovering that underneath the veneer of a ruthless assassin is a person. I recommend these to help understand who and what Celaena is before she is thrown into the battle of becoming the Champion in Throne of Glass, the first book in the series.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 17, 2014
The Assassin and The Pirate Lord (Throne of Glass #0.1): Meet Ce
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Meet Celaena Sardothein, assassin for hire. She sets out to collect a debt owed to The Assassin’s guild, a group she’s been a part of ever since she was found and taken in my Arobyn Hamil. Her life is theirs and what they tell her to do, she does.
But despite her orders, the debt collection does not sit well with her. While she comes off as a person who has a hard heart, you see her soften when she sees the debt is slaves, not money. And she vows to free them, no matter the consequence.
I love this first glimpse of Celaena. I love that we see she has a conscience from the beginning, despite her profession. She’s feisty and smart and very strong. But you do see some of her insecurity start to bleed through at times, and I think it’s an important part of who she is and who she is to become. And I love that she sees the same in Sam. While she demonstrates a dislike for Sam at the beginning of the novella, you see that Sam is really the only would she actually trusts. And as their friendship grows stronger, she realizes he would help her do whatever needs to be done.
Excellent introduction to this world and its characters.
The Assassin and the Healer (Throne of Glass #0.2):
Celaena has betrayed her boss and she pays dearly for it. Arobyn Hamil beats her and then sends her off on a trek to the desert as punishment. Separated from those she knows, she stops at an Inn during her journey and meets Yrene, a barmaid who gets in the middle of a brawl.
I like that in this novella we get to see Celaena from Yrene’s perspective. Yrene is scared of her, sees her as feisty and arrogant. Yet Celaena quickly softens and teaches Yrene to defend herself. Celaena feels a pull towards this woman whose home in Ardalan was ripped away from her. Once again we see her softer side.
This was more of a short story than a novella. A way for us to get a better glimpse of exactly who Celaena is.
The Assassin and the Desert (Throne of Glass #0.3):
Arobyn has sent Celaena away as punishment and also to hone her craft. She has a month to study with The Silent Assassins, particularly to study with their leader and get his stamp of approval. While there, despite not wanting to, she does become friends with some of the other assassins: Ansel and Mikhail in particular. But things are not what they seem from within the compound. There is a traitor and when the compound is attacked, it takes all Celaena’s courage to defend it against the one person she thought she could trust.
Celaena has a ton of growth in this novella. She’s quite arrogant upon arrival, not really believing she needs to hone her craft. Not understanding that despite her excellent abilities as an assassin she still has so much to learn. And learn she does. What she learns is something she definitely uses, not only within this novella but also in future books.
The Assassin and the Underworld (Throne of Glass #0.4):
Celaena has returned to the Kingdom of Ardalan and she’s given an assignment by the King. And while this novel is about her adventures in trying to do what the king has asked, it is just as much about her reconnecting with Sam. I love how Celaena slowly works through her feelings, how she slowly comes to realize that there is much more to Sam than she ever thought there was. I honestly think that this blinds her somewhat to what is actually happening around her, especially as Arobyn tries to woo her back with gifts and a plethora of apologies. She is more trusting of those she should not trust at all. She does begin to question things, but not enough to see that in the end things may not work out as she expects them to. I did like how the romance progressed and there was tons of action and moments where I held my breath. But I also know that something bad will happen soon because nothing is ever as it seems in this world!
The Assassin and the Empire (Throne of Glass #0.5):
I. HATE. AROBYN. There, now that I got that out of the way!
It’s really hard for me to review this one because of the emotions it brings up.
In this one we get Sam and Celaena, broken from Arobyn and trying to make it on their own. But Arobyn is sly and has no intention of letting Celaena go that easily.
This novella is filled with betrayal and sadness. I hated reading it. I thought for sure at the end Maas would say “surprise”, but alas she did not. And since I read this before the first Throne of Glass, I had no idea how it would end.
How and why Celaena gets shipped off to the Salt Mines is also revealed at the end of this novella.
A great addition to the series that gives important insight into Sam and Celaena’s relationship and what he really means to her as well as shows that the people who surround her are NEVER what they seem!
Posted July 31, 2014
WHY DO I LOVE IT SO MUCH? Celaena is interesting yes, but the w
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Celaena is interesting yes, but the world's best assassin? No way! She is impulsive, spoiled, impatient, cannot stake out a target without getting caught, rushes headlong into missions which turn out to be traps then gets caught, gets poisoned by drinking from people she hardly knows, and apparently believes any crap told to her by anyone, which also gets her caught. So how did she become the best assasin again? The book was fun, but Maas has to understand she cannot expect her readers to just believe Celaena is the best, unless she can convince us with actions. To me, her lead character is just a comedy of errors
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