The Assassin’s Blade is a series of five novellas by Sarah J Maas, in one edition which acts as a prequel to the Throne of Glass and Crown of Midnight.
Original Title: The Assassin’s Blade
ISBN: 1408852594 (ISBN13: 9781408852590)
Edition Language: English
PLOT: Each Novella chronicles five missions undertaken by Celaena Sardothien in a bid to attain true freedom. She is loyal to her master Arobynn Hamel, and trusts no one except probably Sam Cortland who is also her number one rival. But as she embarks on her missions, she changes, her priorities change. Does she truly attain her freedom, is what the Novellas are all about.
CHARACTERS: Celaena as the assassin with a cold heart, is wonderful. The way she grows as she processes new information and deals with new situations is so easily discernible. Even her regular interactions change. Sam Cortland, well I loved him from the moment he arrived, and I loved him even more when he said “The only secret I’ve borne my entire life is that I Love You.” This is a moment in the book that will make you go “Awww” and truly shows how far the characters have come in their journey through the book. Aryobnn Hamel is someone you would love to hate, just like that his presence makes you want to kill him, but you wonder whether you would be able to kill the king of Assassin’s. All the characters are awesome and any book written with such characters is bound to be a winner.
WHAT I LIKED: One very important part of the book is this amazing fantasy world created by the author. The landscape being an equally important part of the story, it is described very vividly and they scenes draw a images in your mind. This is one of my favorite parts of the book. The stories lead up beautifully to the heartbreaking end. Fast paced action and Romance and the balance between the two well maintained.
WHAT I DID NOT LIKE: Nothing to not like really, the language is fluid, the narration flows perfectly, the characters are loveable or hateable and the love blossoms.
RATING: My rating for the book is a 4 out of 5 stars. A perfect YA fantasy with a bit of romance and a lot of thrill thrown in. Anybody that reads fantasy will enjoy this book.
The book has been given to me for review by Bloomsbury. No payment was taken, and my opinions are honest and unbiased.