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.
I knew that meeting Sam Cortland was going to be heartbreaking and I was not wrong.
I held on to The Assassin's Blade to read after I had finished the main books in the series and it was a really nice introduction to Celaena's background. After reading the other books, it's alluded to that terrible things happened in her past, and we do get a lot of insight into those events, but these novellas take us through it chronologically. It almost felt like reading another full book in the series because the novellas interconnect so well.
The main reason I was really looking forward to reading this was to finally meet Sam Cortland. We know that he was Celaena's first love and that it doesn't have a happy ending but that was not enough to prepare me for how sad it would be. I loved their relationship. I like that we have a beginning where their relationship is explosive and not romantic and that we get to see that progress and change over time. Their relationship felt so genuine and that just makes it all the worse when it's ripped apart. Arobynn has always been evil and so completely messed up and this book further fuels my hatred of him.
I highly recommend this if you've read the other books in the series, or are thinking of starting up the series, as it provides an essential background to Celaena to help you understand her actions and motives. The writing is as good as ever which can always be expected from Sarah J. Maas.
“She would tuck Sam into her heart, a bright light for her to take out whenever things were darkest.”
Have you read the Throne of Glass series? What about these novellas? Did meeting Sam break your heart just as much?!