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The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J Maas


This is a book of novellas – five of them. It was my first foray into this universe after deciding to read the Throne of Glass series – I was advised that reading these first worked (I know some people read one at a time between certain books in the series? Or after Heir of Fire? I just went ahead and read all five.) 

This worked for me, I found the novellas a great introduction to the series (although bear with me because I haven’t read any more yet!) and they were quick reads, very quick. I didn’t want to put them down at certain points but I put myself on a strict one story a day policy to ease myself in. I won’t give you a run down of each story but I will tell you my enjoyment order. They are written in this order:

  1. The Assassin & the Pirate Lord
  2. The Assassin & the Healer
  3. The Assassin & the Desert
  4. The Assassin & the Underworld
  5. The Assassin & the Empire

Starting with my most favourite:

  1. The Assassin & the Pirate Lord
  2. The Assassin & the Desert
  3. The Assassin & the Empire
  4. The Assassin & the Healer
  5. The Assassin & the Underworld

I say this but I didn’t dislike any, I just seemed to engage with some better than others (I was also very pleased when characters stopped ‘sighing through their noses’). They varied in length with the Healer being the shortest at like 45 pages long. I really enjoyed Maas’s writing style for these – I know she released them after the second book of the series so I have no idea if this style is how she starts off Throne of Glass but honestly, Celaena has wicked sass and some mystery which I was a huge fan of, her plight is heartfelt and I did empathise with her. Obviously, as these are prequel novellas, they give you enough narrative to whet your appetite but not enough that it ruins any of the main story in the feature books – which get bigger as they go along (I know, they are staring at me right now). I was frankly, quite surprised to connect with Celaena as much as I did but, with the lack of juicy side characters to learn about, it is understandable. These novellas are there to give you more of her than the series can and they definitely deliver through their emotive plots –  I expected some heartbreak and The Assassin’s Blade did not disappoint but I won’t say anything further just in case!

Goodreads Rating: 4 / 5


30 something bookish crafter.

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