Author: Sarah J. Maas
Genre: YA epic fantasy
Length: 448 pages
Published by: Bloomsbury
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’s not fair. It really isn’t. This is an evil book and Sarah J. Maas should have her characters confiscated. Also you should read this book straight away. Right now. Go on.
I mean, really I should have known.
Everyone did warn me.
“Emily,” they said. “Emily, this book will break your heart into at least one thousand pieces.”
And I said, “I can cope. I have a heart of steel.”
WHICH SARAH J. MAAS PIERCED WITH HER ABILITY TO TORTURE HER CHARACTERS. LITERALLY.
So these are technically prequel novellas.
But they work as an entire book, so I don’t see why they’re novellas. But anyway, I wasn’t ridiculously impressed by the first one. My favourite had to be The Assassin and the Desert. I absolutely LOVED it, and the new assassins Celaena meets. Very excellent. They kept getting better and better with each one.
Until they got much, much worse. And by “worse” I mean much better. But…um, heartbreaking.
We already know – from Throne of Glass – what befalls Sam. But that doesn’t make it hurt any less. And I felt SUCH a huge surge of sympathy for Celaena, because…GODDAMMIT, THEY WERE GOING TO BE HAPPY.
They were going…to be happy…*sobs*
I was not prepared at all. Well, I was, but I wasn’t, you know?
You probably don’t. I’m not explaining myself very well.
The characters are definitely the best thing about these novellas.
Nobody stays the same. The villains might be friends, and the friends might be villains. I had difficulty working out my thoughts towards Arobynn, for example. Not any more. I know EXACTLY how I feel about Arobynn.
We also get to find out Celaena’s back story, which I felt was missing from Throne of Glass. If I was to go back and reread it, I think I would like it a lot more now.
It was also packed with action the entire time.
Unlike, say, Heir of Fire, there were no parts that dragged – no POVs that I didn’t enjoy reading. I loved the whole book, like I did with Crown of Midnight. This is one series I’m sure I will reread.
Because apparently I am a sadist.