The Assassin’s Blade

18243700by Sarah J. Maas
YA Fantasy
4 of 5 stars
5 prequel novellas for Throne of Glass Series

These stories give us a peek into the mysterious and gritty past of Celaena Sardothien. If you’ve wondered about some of the hints she dropped to Chaol or Dorian when she felt like showing off, some of those questions are answered here. I’m actually on the fence a little bit about this idea, because for me, part of the charm of being introduced to Celaena in Throne of Glass was the idea that she’d already led a life of sassy, crazy adventure that she didn’t even consider worthy of bragging about (when she brags a lot). However, because I love Celaena, it’s not like I could actually resist these!

Obviously, if you love Sarah J Maas’ series you’ll like this collection, but I have to admit, these stories didn’t feel quite as polished as the main series. Celaena as a character repeats the mistake of trusting the wrong people over and over again, to the point that you begin to wonder “I thought you were an assassin…why are you so damn trusting??” I realize she was younger in these stories, but still…a lifetime surrounded by a master of assassins ought to make a person more skeptical. If it weren’t for a few gems of lines (as Maas always has) I would have given it 3 stars instead of 4.

I hope this character flaw doesn’t continue through the rest of the TOG series, but we’ll see.

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