Title: The Assassin’s Blade
Author: Ransom Riggs
Series: Throne of Glass Series | Book 0
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens; Reprint edition (March 3, 2015)
Rating: 4 stars (Read It!-Choose It!)
The prequel to the Throne of Glass series, The Assassin’s Blade, by Sarah J. Maas describes Celaena’s life as an assassin of the Assassin’s Guild.
The Assassin’s Blade includes five novellas about Celaena’s life:
The Assassin and the Pirate Lord: When Celaena defies Arobbyn Hamel’s business wishes with Sam, she learns how unforgiving her master can be.
The Assassin and the Healer: Traveling on her way to the Red Desert as punishment, Celaena meets an inn maid who dreams of being a maid. Despite her brutal upbringing, Celaena shows the maid kindness when she teaches the maid self defense and gives some of her money to her.
The Assassin and the Desert: Celaena trains with the Silent Assassins of the Red Desert so she can win their Master’s letter of approval, then she can leave. There she befriends Ansel, who has many secrets. In the desert, Celaena learns what pain turned to hate can do to people.
The Assassin and the Underworld: After Celaena returns from the Red Desert, Arobbyn Hamel expresses his regret over what he did, but Celaena realizes that she can never fully trust him again. When Celaena learns about the debt she owes to Sam, her rival in the Guild, her life slowly begins to change.
The Assassin and the Empire: Celaena continues her work as an assassin in the Guild. This novella describes the events that led up to Celaena’s time in Endovier.
Considering how much I love Sarah J. Maas’s writing and Celaena, I am surprised at how long I postponed reading this. As a prequel, this book far surpassed my expectations. This was a book of novellas about Celaena. It is a marvelous book of insight on Celaena’s character and why she acts the way she does in Throne of Glass. Although Celaena still isn’t very nice in this book, you learn about her fellow assassin, Sam Cortland and how Celaena’s master, Arrobyn Hamel played a part in her capture and enslavement in Endovier.
How do you think Celaena was similar before and after Endovier? How do you think Celaena was changed by Endovier? What do you think is the bravest act Celaena has done?