Celaena Sardothien is Adarlan's most feared assassin. As part of the Assassins' 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 prequel 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 ...Explore the dark underworld of this kick-ass heroine and find out how the legend begins in the five page-turning prequel novellas to the New York Times bestselling Throne of Glass series.
I need to shake Maas' hand and thank her for making me realise that I can actually read High Fantasy, and that I may just have found a new favourite genre, and I need to kiss her feet for giving me a series to fan girl over almost as much as I fan girl over Harry Potter.
I read and LOVED Throne of Glass and decided that I wanted to know more about Celaena before I moved on to devour the rest of the series. While this bind-up is a collection of five novellas, it reads more like a novel, the stories move seamlessly into each other and they all build to form a great picture of our favourite female Assassin's past. And what a past it is. I laughed, I cheered, I fan girled and, I'm not ashamed to say it, I wept. Wept.
I will say that I feel this bind-up is essential reading for any fan of the series. Novellas are usually added extras that don't add a whole lot to the overall story unless you're a die hard fan, they're the literary version of a Behind The Scenes documentary, but in this case The Assassin's Blade feels like a must read if you want to understand Celaena and her motivations.
I can't cope with my love for this series. I can't cope with the wait until the next books are out. Even though we're currently going through 'death by YA adaptation' phase I can't cope with how much I would love for this to be a movie or TV show. I just have zero coping going on, basically.