“Life isn’t easy, no matter where you are. You’ll make choices you think are right, and then suffer for them.”
(Sarah J. Maas; The Assassin’s Blade)
We all know the Throne of Glass series is a long, complicated series and on top of the six books in the set, this book is a bundle of the five prequel short stories. The book Throne of Glass starts with Celaena getting freed out of Endovier, whereas The Assassin’s Blade tells us more about her life before she was captured. Even though there are five short stories, they still closely tie together and feel like a complete book. This book gives you a look at the other side of coin that we know as Celaena’s life and it is honestly a very good read. You learn about events that are and aren’t being refered back to in the other books or won’t make sense until you are going towards the end of the series and the most important thing is that you learn about what shaped Celaena to be the girl she is in Throne of Glass and onward.
Personally, I find this one of the more emotional books in the series. It doesn’t have the most sad moments, it doesn’t have the most things going south, it is just that seeing how Celaena was before Endovier just breaks my heart. She really changed and not for the better. She didn’t have much yet she lost so much. This book made me realise she isn’t some spoiled brat, but a broken girl, an assassin’s that just doesn’t care anymore. It impacted me and made me have so much respect for the girl and made me enjoy the series even more.
This book once again contains the splendid writing we are used to from Sarah J. Maas, but the pacing of the stories is a whole lot faster than in the main books of Throne of Glass. It may be because they are all short stories, but it somehow upped the quality of the reading experience for me. I think this may be one of the better books in the series.
I recommend this book to everyone, whether you have started the Throne of Glass series or you haven’t or you are planning to read it or not, this book is packed with amazing stories told in a really good manner.
There are many theories about when you exactly read this, but here are a few options: chronological order, so before Throne of Glass; publishing order, so after Crown of Midnight; works perfectly fine. Personally I read it after Heir of Fire, which was fine and I would really recommend not reading it any later than that as some things will not make sense at all in Queen of Shadows and onward if you haven’t read the prequels.
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