Publication Date: March 4th 2014
Series: Throne of Glass #0.5
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.
My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
“She was fire, she was darkness, she was dust and blood and shadow.”
I knew it was coming and yet my heart is still broken into pieces.
Finally I have made it through another book in this series and I really enjoyed it!
I was surprised to find each story followed along a main storyline. Going into this I assumed it would be a collection of stories which didn’t follow on but I actually really enjoyed the fact it was a continuous plot.
It was nice to be back in this world without fear. I wasnt stressing about who would survive and what would happen, I could sit back and enjoy the ride and not be constantly on edge.
Something about this book that I loved were the female relationships that Celaena forms. They are everything! I really loved Yrene and I wish I’d gotten more of her but I imagine she’ll be appearing in Empire of Storms and I cannot wait to get to know her more and to see her interact with the squad.
… Yes I just called them a squad
. Don’t judge me.
I also loved the Mute Master and the assassins and although I knew it was never going to happen I just wanted her to stay there forever and save herself from so much pain.
This book also cemented the fact that I love Celaena Sardothian and that her in her assassins suit is the best gift Sarah J. Maas could have ever given the world.
She’s so badass and in this book she’s around my age. I felt proud of myself for making edible food without a) killing myself, or b) burning the house down, but then Celaena did something (something I wont mention because Spoilers) and it reminded me of how inferior I really am.
It was interesting to see how much she’s matured between the start of the series to where I am in the series which is needing to read Empire of Storms.
I really don’t see how people can hate on her so much. I think people forget how toxic her upbringing was and these novellas really shine a light on just what she went to. Of course she’s going to be selfish at times. Of course she’s not going to fully trust people so easily and want to be in control. It’s not like she’s going to be all sunshine and rainbows.
As for Sam. I didn’t really care about Sam all that much but he eventually grew on me while I was reading. As I’m writing this now though I’ve seemingly reverted back to being “meh” when thinking about him. I did really like how kind of real their relationship felt, like with them squabbling over money and things.
Obviously the overall plot is predicatable. It’s just a more in depth description of the backstory we’re given in Throne of Glass but I did enjoy it. My favourite stories from this collection was the second and third: The Assassin and the Healer and The Assassin and the Desert.
I’m gonna wrap this up now by saying: wow I had a lot more thoughts on this book then I realised and I can’t wait to continue on letting this series break my soul with each new book.