The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J Maas, published March 2014 by Bloomsbury.
Read: November 2014
Genre: Young Adult/Romance/Fantasy/Short Stories
Get It Now: Wordery
Goodreads Synopsis: Celaena Sardothien owes her reputation to Arobynn Hamel. He gave her a home at the Assassins’ Guild and taught her the skills she needed to survive.
Arobynn’s enemies stretch far and wide – from Adarlan’s rooftops and its filthy dens, to remote islands and hostile deserts. Celaena is duty-bound to hunt them down. But behind her assignments lies a dark truth that will seal her fate – and cut her heart in two forever…
Before I start this review I need to get something off my chest – I need to meet Sarah J Maas. I need to ask her why?! I need to shake her hand and thank her for making me realise that I can actually read 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 fangirl over almost as much as I fangirl over Harry Potter.
I read and LOVED Throne of Glass (check out my review of Throne of Glass here) and decided that I wanted to know more about Celaena, her past and her motivations, 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 fangirled and (I’m not ashamed to say it) I wept. *Wept*.
A lot of seasoned Fantasy readers felt there was information missing from Throne of Glass – I definitely didn’t find this problematic, as I knew it was a series and expected the other books to reveal more over time – no one likes being info-dumped on – and The Assassin’s Blade answered A LOT of questions for me.
I went into this book struggling with the concept of Sam. I ship Celaena and Chaol so hard and didn’t want to ruin that ship by introducing some other swoon-worthy guy.
But Sam stole my heart, my feels, my sanity and every other teeange-girl feeling I didn’t know I still had at 24. One thing I love about this series though, is that while it does very much focus on romance, it doesn’t at the same time. There is so much to these stories – there’s action, adventure, politics, world-building, culture, betrayal… Maas is a genius story-teller who gives me everything I could want in a fantastic read.
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” I can’t cope with how much I would love for this to be a movie or TV show. But damn they would need to do it right! I just have zero coping going on, basically.
Interesting information for fans who want to know if they’re pronouncing names correctly, Maas has released this guide. I was only messing up two of them!
Have you read The Assassin’s Blade? Are you obsessed with this series?? Tell me in the comments! (No spoilers please!)