Ｔｉｔｌｅ：The Assassin’s Blade
Ａｕｔｈｏｒ：Sarah J. Maas
Ｒａｔｉｎｇ：★ ★ ★ ★ ★
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.
✩ Celaena was funny, especially when it was her and Sam. She was tough, cunning, and very confident when it came to her abilities.
✩ Sam was also pretty funny and he was really kind. He was also loyal and protective of those he was closest to.
✩ Arobynn is really manipulative, cunning, and cruel. It makes him a pretty terrible combination if you’re ever the target of his anger or disappointment.
❝ “Try to remember me fondly, will you?” “I’ll try. But it might be hard.”❞
Full disclosure: the feels will be strong in this one. I read this collection of novellas after finishing Empire of Storms and I think it was a good time to do it because I was all caught up with the series (what was out at the time, I know Tower of Dawn is out now/I haven’t read it yet) so I knew I wouldn’t be getting spoilers about anything. If you want to read this collection I’d also suggest reading it after EoS.
But back to the review, I enjoyed this so much! It was great to see the beginning of all these friendships and learn about these crazy adventures Celaena went on that were mentioned in the main series in passing. It was honestly such a treat to get to read more about Celaena before we met her in Throne of Glass.
I think also besides saving yourself spoilers, another great thing about reading this after EoS was that I was able to see the big difference between the person she was at the beginning and at the end(ish) of the series. You can really see the character growth. Celaena had these moments where she stood up for something or acted in a way where you could just see her spirit. You could see the potential for the great leader she would be and it was just… just precious ❤ I’m so proud of her journey.
❝ “You’re a damned idiot,” she breathed. “You’re a moron and an ass and a damned idiot.” He looked like she had hit him. But she went on, and grasped both sides of his face, “Because I’d pick you.”
And then she kissed him❞
And of course, we get to see the development of a romance that was so key to Celaena’s life. Well, not only that, but we get to see who Sam was. He’s mentioned from time to time in the series, but really he’s there much more in spirit. He’s there in the way that Celaena can’t go back to being who she was before because after meeting him her life is different. She’s not the same person. She’s a better one. This book was as much about Celaena as it was about Sam.
With that said… if you’ve read the series, then you know what happens to Sam. And it makes you treasure these few moments with him so much more. We know how it’s going to end and it’s just heartbreaking because of how much Sam and Celaena meant to each other. Ugh, I got so many feels at the end. I actually cried a bit because it was just… so much. If you’re a fan of this series, or if you just started and are liking it then make sure you add this to your TBR because this is a must read! I highly recommend it ❤