Friday, 30 October 2015

The Assassin's Blade by Sarah J Maas

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...

Explore the dark underworld of this kick-ass heroine and find out how the legend begins in the five page-turning prequel novellas to the New York Times bestselling Throne of Glass series.

Bringing together all five short stories set before Throne of Glass, what I especially wanted and loved about this book was the insight into Celaena's background.

Celaena has always been a fascinating character but seeing where she came from, her relationship with Arobynn and the rest of the assassins, built up her character and also explained a lot of her actions in the main series. Especially her relationship with Sam; complex to say the least, the way things were handled and how they were perceived by Celaena made her who she is in the main books. It also completely broke my heart - I knew what was coming by the end but it didn't make it any easier to read!

The other big thing I noticed in these stories was Celaena's relationship with Arobynn; we've always known they were close, she idolised him and he literally saved her life. But seeing them in action, in conversation, before all the nastiness broke things between them, was unnerving. It was then that I was even more glad to know what happens to him in Queen of Shadows

Published 13th March 2014 by Bloomsbury Childrens Books.

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