Monday, August 6, 2018

MMGM--The Assassin's Blade: The Throne of Glass Novellas

Yay!! I'm back! Whooop whooooop!!
(You're probably not nearly as excited as I am. :P)

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The Assassin's Blade, by Sarah J. Maas




Celaena Sardothien is her kingdom's most feared assassin. Though she works for the powerful Assassin's Guild, she yields to 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. She will have to risk it all if she hopes to escape Arobynn's clutches--and if she fails, she'll lose not just a chance at freedom but her life.

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.




My friends have been recommending these books to me for some while now, and I finally got down to reading them. And, Sarah J. Maas' books are SO GOOD. I am totally in love with her writing style! She concocts amazing descriptions and even better action sequences--not to mention the characters. *fangirls eternally*

After Arobynn Hamel--The King of Assassins--saved Celaena Sardothien's life when she was eight years old, he trained her and molded her into his protegee. Now, eight years later, she's known as Adarlan's Assassin, and is notorious across the kingdom.

But just because Celaena has a knack for killing and fighting, doesn't mean she's not a person. When it really matters, Celaena proves that she does indeed have a heart, even going to far as to teach a barkeeper, named Yrene, how to fight, as well as leaving Yrene the money she needed to get out of her bar job and to go the one of the most highly ranked schools in the kingdom. And Yrene isn't the only one that Celaena has gone out of her way for. She cares for her partner in crime, Sam Cortland, more than she would ever admit.

While Sam and Celaena might trust each other--and only each other--it doesn't mean that they always get along. They're almost equal in skill, but Sam had always been known as the "second best" while Celaena Sardothien is a household name. And although this sometimes causes some tension between the two, Sam respects Celaena, and risks his life to help her (on multiple accounts). Sam is snarky, dangerous, but has a heart of gold. (He just might have been my favorite character.)

The character development that Celaena goes through during this book is truly spectacular, as is the evolvement of Celaena and Sam's relationship.

Before reading this book, I was very closed minded about assassins--as odd as it sounds. (That was one of the most peculiar sentences I've ever typed for a blog post.)

I knew they killed people for a living and . . . that was about it. I never really put much thought into why someone was an assassin, or how they became one. I think that over my years of reading novels where the assassin is one of the Bad Guys, I (sub)consciously decided that assassins and protagonists were too different to ever be on the same side--but in the Throne of Glass books, they are one and the same. Sarah J. Maas has managed to shine a completely different light on what being an assassin means, in this truly one-of-a-kind book.

You can find Sarah J. Maas' website HERE and you can read a free excerpt of  The Assassin's Blade HERE

Happy Reading!

12 comments:

  1. This is not the typical type of book I gravitate towards, but your enticing review makes me want to give this one a try. The excerpt was excellent.

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    1. Yay! This book is one of my favorites!

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  2. ACK YES SAM *fangirls eternally* I only read the first 2 books of the Throne of Glass series (and I don’t know if I’ll finish it or not - I thought the second one was weird), but I liked the first one and really really wanted to know more about Sam! I might have to pick this one up just for him......(although I think he might have a tragic ending in this book??)

    Anyways, if you’ll excuse the ramblings, great review, as always!

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    1. Thank you, Nicole!!

      Yeah, some of the things that go on in the book are very outlandish fantasy. (But I like it that way.)

      And YES SAM!! I love him so much. And . . . he doesn't have it too great in this book. :(

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  3. This book sounds fabulous! The characters all sound intriguing, and now I'm curious about how assassins choose their careers! Thanks so much for the review!

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    1. Yes! All of these characters are so unique and believable to read about.

      No problem! 10/10 recommend this book.

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  4. I've only read Throne of Glass but I loved it. I should finish the series.

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  5. I'm not drawn to dark books, but it reminds me a bit of the Reader which I ended up loving. Your review is very compelling and has me curious.

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    1. Thank you! If you do decide to check it out, I hope you enjoy it!

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  6. I wasn't one for Sarah's ACOTRs series, but maybe I'll give this series of hers a try? It sounds really good, great review!

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    1. I haven't read the ACTORs series yet, but I really loved this one.

      Thank you!

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