By Sarah J Maas.
Genre. YA Fantasy
Series. Throne of Glass (#0.5)
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.
Assassin’s Blade is the prequel to the amazing Throne of Glass series, we get 5 short stories on Celaena before she is sent to the salt mines. The book is a little dry compared to Maas’s main books as they are all small stories, but they are really interesting in terms of how Celaena was before her world changed forever. I would recommend reading AB before starting TOG but if not at least before Queen of Shadows. Maas has amazingly thought out the plot of her series and she has little things happen in AB that she uses in the main storyline later in the series. As readers, we also get to see Celaena’s relationship with other Assassins and what exactly happened between her and Sam which is so amazingly heart wrenching.
Many people have said that AB is not worth the read, but trust me it is especially by the end of Empire of Storms you see how Maas has made Celaena incredibly smart and resourceful. In all its an enjoyable read but it might be something you have to push yourself to finish in order to better understand the series.