Over the last few weeks I’ve been listening to “The Assassin’s Blade” by Sarah J. Maas, the bind-up collection of “Throne of Glass” novellas, on audiobook. This morning I finished them, meaning I’ve now read 44 books for the 2015 Reading Challenge – even if an increasing number of those read have not fit into a predescribed category. On this occasion I created #60 A novella – and this book is actually five novellas. Winning.
My Goodreads Review
“‘The Assassin’s Blade’ by Sarah J. Maas is a collection of five novellas. The stories link excellently together, and as a result they read like a novel. Chronologically speaking, they take place before ‘Throne of Glass’, when Celaena is under the care of her master Arobynn. She is sent out on missions from ensuring the slave trade prospers to training with the silent assassins – the whole book flows incredibly well from one novella to the next.
It was interesting to learn more about Celaena’s past in this volume, and how she operated under Arobynn’s direction. We are introduced to characters who were mentioned in the ‘Throne of Glass’ series, including Celaena’s first love, Sam. This volume answered some questions I had from the series perfectly – in fact, I’d recommend this book be read straight after ‘Throne of Glass’, before ‘Crown of Midnight’ as it would have removed some uncertainties when reading the latter novel.”
I definitely wish I’d read this bind-up before “Crown of Midnight” as I think I’d have enjoyed that volume more had I had a better understanding of Celaena’s background. I really enjoyed each novella in different ways – the first two were short and sweet, and set the collection up perfectly. I loved getting to know Sam, and experience Celaena falling in love (I’m still firmly team Chaol, but I now understand why she’s reluctant to get close to either him or Dorian). I think Celaena was weaker in “The Assassin’s Blade”, probably because she was more trusting and hadn’t experienced loss – how that changed.
#60 A novella – The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J. Maas (7/10)
Thirty-three down, seventeen to go. (Forty-four read)
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