The Assassin's Blade
I'm going to review another book from the Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas. The Assassin's Blade is a collection of five novellas and the book serves as a prequel to the Throne of Glass series. It was first published in 2012 by Bloomsbury.
All the five stories revolve around our protagonist Celena Sadorthian. The timeline of the book is set two years prior to that of Throne of Glass. So naturally, the story is about Celena's life before she ended up at the glass castle. Celena is the heir of the assassin master of Rifthold, Arobynn Hamel. He is the one who has given Celena all she has today, her deadly skills, a home as the assassins guild, and all her luxuries. To take care of Arobynn's business she travels to unfriendly islands, filthy inns, and treacherous deserts. Amidst all the adventures a delicate bond between Celena and Sam, her competition is forming. But in the veil of all these assignments lurks a dark and dangerous truth which can shatter all her dreams and snatch away all she dears.
Coming to my thoughts about this book. If you have read my review of the previous three books of the ToG series you know I struggle with Celena's character but this one was different. This book showed me the sides of Celena's character which I was itching to see ever since I started reading the series. We get to see Celena transform from being a rich spoilt brat to a mature person who no longer lives in her own bubble. We get to see her insecurities, vulnerabilities which helped me to shape her character, and at last, I could make peace with it 😌. But the best part is we get to know Sam. Sam is another assassin of the Guild and also raised by Arobynn. The relation between the two is so pure and tender. Whenever they were together I couldn't stop reading. As I already said the book contains five novellas. Each one is equally interesting and fun to read. There was not one part where I got bored or skimmed through the pages.
Now, when should you read it? The Assassin's Blade's timeline is prior to that of the Throne of Glass series but released after Heir of Fire. So it is up to you when you want to read it. But you should read the book before starting Queen of Shadows which is the next to the Heir of Fire because multiple references are made for the rest of the series and though small explanations are given whenever anything from the book is mentioned it helps a great deal to understand the depth of the moment if you know the story behind it. You can start from Throne of Glass itself if you want straight on the jump to the series but do read it. This book deserves all the attention one can give.
“She would tuck Sam into her heart, a bright light for her to take out whenever things were darkest.”
― Sarah J. Maas, The Assassin's Blade