The Assassin's Blade by Sarah J. Maas
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
The Assassin's Blade is a series of novellas set before the beginning of the Throne of Glass series. It chronicles her time at the Assassin's Keep, and her relationship with Sam Cortland. I enjoyed reading this book to understand Sam and Celaena's relationship, and how it impacts her in the Throne of Glass series. Like when she says, "I am Celaena Sardothien, and I will not be afraid", it was cool to find out how that originated. However, I did not feel emotionally connected to this book. I felt as though I should be sad when I got to the part where Sam dies (which if you read the Throne of Glass series, you know that already happens), but I didn't have an emotional response. I enjoyed getting the background of Celaena before Endovier, before she became a Champion. It was interesting to see what it was like for Celaena to live in the Assassin's keep, and have some more understanding about her mental state before coming to compete to be a Champion. But overall, I don't think it was particularly needed, and it definitely did not compare to other novellas I've read before, or the Throne of Glass series.
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