The Assassin’s Blade: Throne of Glass (Book 0.1-0.5)
by Sarah J. Maas
“The twist of a knife, the birth of a legend…
Celaena Sardothien owes her reputation to Arobynn Hamel. He gave her a home at the Assassin’s 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…”
I bought The Assassin’s Blade just before my honeymoon, as I had read the Throne of Glass series (Throne of Glass, Crown of Midnight, Heir of Fire, Queen of Shadows and Empire of Storms) so I wanted to know what happened before.
The Assassin’s Blade is actually five novellas, all of which prequel Throne of Glass; The Assassin and the Pirate Lord, The Assassin and the Healer, The Assassin and Desert, The Assassin and the Underworld, The Assassin and the Empire. If you have read the Throne of Glass series then you already know bits of what is going to happen and are in on the ‘in’ jokes. But I do not feel that you need to have read the series, this could be your introduction to the series and I feel that then you would understand the series slightly differently to those that read the series first (like me).
Wow, just wow! That was so intense! I may have just read The Assassin’s Blade in 25ish hours… But there was no way I was putting it down (except for food and sleep). I just love seeing the history of Celaena in the six months or so that are contained in this book (the end is a year before the beginning of Throne of Glass). Having read the Throne of Glass series before the prequel novellas, I partially knew what was coming, but there were some parts I was not expecting, and it was fabulous.
Even knowing what would happen in the end, and knowing the future of quite a few characters, I felt like there were enough twists and turns that made you unsure of how they would end up there. I loved at least one part of each novella, they were amazing, and I am so glad to have been able to see the ‘beginnings’ of Celaena’s story.
My favourite characters have to be Celeana and Sam, with a few smaller characters bringing up the rear. They were all so realistic I was drawn straight in, and it also helped that each novella was pretty much straight into the action, it drew you in.
I suppose if you have not read Throne of Glass then The Assassin’s Blade ended on a cliffhanger, but if you have then the cliffhanger was not really there as you already know what is going to happen.
While reading The Assassin’s Blade, I described it as five novellas detailing different stories in the few months before Throne of Glass. I would recommend it to anyone, especially if you are thinking of or have read the Throne of Glass series. 5 out of 5.