Monday, April 28, 2014

Review Time #57

Hey everyone, sorry about the MIA lately it is because uni decided that I would have all my assignments due on the day that I had to travel home, so I had to get all my assignments done before I could leave! Then I also just watched a lot of TV shows and read a lot of books over break...

The Assassin's Blade by Sarah J. Maas

Contains all five novellas.

Celaena Sardothien is Adarlan's most feared assassin. As part of the Assassin's 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 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. Will Celaena ever be truly free? Explore the dark underworld of this kick-ass heroine to find out.

Now if you have seen previously my reviews for books 1 and 2 in this series you would know how much I love the series! Thanks to the fantastic people at Bloomsbury I received a review copy of The Assassin's Blade which is all five prequel novellas which admittedly I hadn't read before I started the series because I won an ARC of Throne of Glass. 

The novellas were fantastic as we could see how Celaena ended up Endovier and who Sam exactly was. I loved Sam and he was a greater partner/lover for Celaena as he challenged her and seeing him in the novellas and knowing how she reacted in Throne of Glass when asked questions about Sam was great to see this partnership.

The Assassin and the Pirate Lord
In this first novella we got to meet Sam and Arobynn (who I might add I hated and don't have some very internet/blog friendly words to say about him but you get the drift) and see the very hate and sometimes love relationship between all three of them. Now since I had read books 1 & 2 before this and had already seen some of Celaena's human side and not the I am going to kill you side, but in this novella we got inside her mind as to why she did what she did when Arobynn orders weren't something she liked. Sam while wanting to follow orders stayed beside Celaena's side *sigh*.

The Assassin and  the Healer
This was a short novella we saw more into Celaena's mind and how she reacted when someone she doesn't know got into danger and then help her out by giving her some self defence tips. Only Celaena in this novella so no Sam to love.

The Assassin and the Desert
After defying Arobynn's orders in the first novella Celaena is sent to the silent assassin's in the red desert and boy was this the best out of the lot. We got Celaena the assassin like in CoM and the silent assassin's were brilliant, especially for Celaena. 

The Assassin and the Underworld
I hated Arobynn so much more in this novella than the previous three because he just doesn't care about anything but what he has created. We got Sam and Celaena together at last and now after what Arboynn has done they want out. But of course as we have come to know with Celaena nothing is ever that simple.

The Assassin and the Empire
This novella will destroy you and if you haven't already read ToG and CoM you won't know what happens. For those of you that have we knew it was coming but we didn't know how horrible you were going to feel about it. 

"My name is Celaena Sardothien. I will not be afraid." 

That quote was the death of me after all these novellas, so I went and re-read ToG and CoM.

Overall rating: 5/5
Thanks again Bloomsbury for the review copy!

Keely xx

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