Release Date: March 4th, 2014
Series: Throne of Glass #0.1-0.5
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Young Adult
Celaena Sarthodien is her kingdom’s most feared assassin. Though she works for the powerful and ruthless Assassin’s Guild, she yields for no one and trusts only her fellow killer for hire, Sam.
When Celaena’s scheming master, Arobynn Hamel, dispatches her on missions that take her from remote islands to hostile deserts, she finds herself acting independently of his wishes–and questioning her own allegiance. Along the way, she discovers friends and enemies alike, and discovers that she feels far more for Sam than just friendship. But by defying Arobynn’s orders, Celaena riskes unimaginable punishment, and with Sam by her side, he is in danger, too. They will have to risk it all if they hope to escape Arobynn’s clutches–and if they fail, they’ll lose not just a chance at freedom, but their lives….
A prequel to Throne of Glass, this collection of five novellas offers readers a deeper look into the history of this cunning assassin and her enthralling–and deadly–world.
Oh, Throne of Glass series, you kill me.
“If you can learn to endure pain, you can survive anything. Some people learn to embrace it-to love it. Some endure it through drowning it in sorrow, or by making themselves forget. Others turn it into anger.”
Book secretly giving advice to those emotionally distraught over said book? You decide.
Seriously, guys. The feels. I’m not sure if I would recommend this book to newcomers of the series because these novellas are so much more powerful when you know Celaena’s story now-in THRONE OF GLASS and CROWN OF MIDNIGHT. Plus this has a pretty different feel, although all the books in this series are amazing. I would almost say to read the actual novels first and then go back and read these because the effect will be twice as powerful: you’ll see how everything in this book affected Celaena and shaped her, plus it will all the more emotional.
Bec also wanted me to reiterate the feels:
Anyways. This book is a bundle of all the prequel novellas in the series: The Assassin and the Pirate Lord, The Assassin and the Healer, The Assassin and the Desert, The Assassin and the Underworld, and The Assassin and the Empire.
Instead of talking about them all separately, I’ll just say how nice it is to have them all together and in order so it’s basically like one full novel. I can’t even pick a favorite because they are all so great, although The Assassin and the Healer would probably be my least favorite.
Characters in a gif:
“She was fire, she was darkness,
she was dust and blood and shadow.”
These novellas gave so much more depth to Celaena’s character, especially if you know the person she is currently. And wow, major character development. Plus you got to see her be a total badass, something we didn’t see too much of in THRONE OF GLASS but saw a little of in CROWN OF MIDNIGHT.
And that’s all I’m going to say about that.
If you haven’t started this amazing series, you really should! Meanwhile, Bec and I are off to reread Throne of Glass and Crown of Midnight before Heir of Fire :)