The Assassin’s Blade | Review

Title: The Assassin’s Blade

Author: Sarah J. Maas

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Rating: 5/5 STARRSSSSSS!!!!!!!

Contains all five novellas.
Celaena Sardothien is Adarlan’s most feared assassin. As part of the Assassin’s Guild, her allegiance is to her master, Arobynn Hamel, yet Celaena listens to no one and trusts only her fellow killer-for-hire, Sam. In these action-packed novellas – together in one edition for the first time – Celaena embarks on five daring missions. They take her from remote islands to hostile deserts, where she fights to liberate slaves and seeks to avenge the tyrannous. But she is acting against Arobynn’s orders and could suffer an unimaginable punishment for such treachery. Will Celaena ever be truly free? Explore the dark underworld of this kick-ass heroine to find out. 

I couldn’t read the last 20 pages through all the tears. I knew it was going to happen and I tried not to get attached, but it was still so—sad. Just sad.

Let’s just take a moment for the writing style. 
Thank you.
Though it’s a collection of novellas, they were all intertwined and connected in one giant spiderweb of a plot, so it was basically just a prequel. Though each little novella did have its own little adventure, so I’ll review them separately. 
The Assassin and the Pirate Lord
THIS ONE WAS REALLY REALLY GOOD. It had the classic arrogant Celaena elements with a really fun adventure to read. This is also where you start to love Sam—OH NOOOO I CAAAAAAN’T I NEED TO GO CRY
The Assassin and the Healer.

Meh. This one was a little dull, and it really didn’t capture my attention at all. I felt like the story arc in this one was a little on the weaker side, and was lacking excitement. It was only 30 pages, though, which is why this book is still AN AMAZING 5 STAR BOOK.
The Assassin and the Dessert
This book was absolutely redeemed in this story!!! We got a epic story with an a epic plot twist and lovely little battle scenes. We really got to dwell on the human side of Celaena which is so so much fun to see! It had all those addictive little elements and twists and turns.
The Assassin and the Underworld 
IT JUST KEEPS GETTING BETTER!!!! We got more Sam (pauses to sob) and more disgusting evil. Really, it’s so repulsive that you just can’t reading it. The adventure was utterly kickbutt and heroic and the most action-packed of them all!
The Assassin and the Empire
AHHHHHHH WHYYYYY I JUST CAN NOTTTTT
*sigh*
Tears. That’s all I can say about this one. Tears.
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Heir of Fire | Review + Discussion

Title: Heir of Fire (Throne of Glass #3)

Author: Sarah J. Maas

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Rating: 5/5 STARS!!!!!

Lost and broken, Celaena Sardothien’s only thought is to avenge the savage death of her dearest friend: as the King of Adarlan’s Assassin, she is bound to serve this tyrant, but he will pay for what he did. Any hope Celaena has of destroying the king lies in answers to be found in Wendlyn. Sacrificing his future, Chaol, the Captain of the King’s Guard, has sent Celaena there to protect her, but her darkest demons lay in that same place. If she can overcome them, she will be Adarlan’s biggest threat – and his own toughest enemy. 
While Celaena learns of her true destiny, and the eyes of Erilea are on Wendlyn, a brutal and beastly force is preparing to take to the skies. Will Celaena find the strength not only to win her own battles, but to fight a war that could pit her loyalties to her own people against those she has grown to love? 

Story Arc/Plot

Ooh, the best one yet! We primarily follow the perspectives of Celaena, Chaol, and a brand new protagonist, Manon! Each perspective has its own little plot, but all these little plots tie together in the end in one epic explosion.

The story arc is really strong, and flowed from each challenge to the next, all worse than before and all directly related. Though the main plot of the story was wrapped up in the end, we get left with a cliffhanger that has me counting down until the release of Queen of Shadows!

There was a lot of mystery woven into the story, though it doesn’t really seem like a big deal until the end when everything clicks together. It was a really nice touch!

World Building

Though this is the third book in the series, we get a lot more world building since Celaena has traveled to Wendlyn. It’s vivid and flows right through the intrigue and action of the story. We learn a lot about the Fae, and all the information is distributed effortlessly, just like the style in the first book.

Characters 

MY FAVORITE PART! 

One new character is Manon. Manon is a witch, and a very disturbing one at that. She seems to be a very heartless, simply evil witch, but you soon learn that she’s a lot more complex than that.

Sorscha is a healer who always stays in the shadows. She begins a friendship with Dorian, and very soon, more than that. She aslso uses her ability to remain unnoticed to help Dorian and Chaol.

Rowan is possibly my favorite character in the entire book. He’s a Fae warrior, and seems like a huge jerk, but again, you learn he’s more complex.

All the characters are so distinct and not what they seem which only adds to an already fabulous story!

Overall, it was a great book, even better than the first two, which only leaves me wanting more!

SPOILER FULL DISCUSSION:

DO NOT CONTINUE UNLESS YOU HAVE READ THE BOOK. SERIOUSLY.

Let’s start with Manon, shall we. We start out totally creeped out by her, I mean she’s wiping a human’s blood off her face. I have a right to be disgusted by that, okay.

 
But then Abraxos starts humanizing her and she realizes she was born with a heart, and ugh, so sweet.

Okay, Team Rowan. I know, I know. Not really a contender. Yeah, well I don’t really care. I SHIP IT SO MUCH.

I was originally Team Chaol, but whenever his chapters cut into an epic Celaena chapter, I would get so frusturated with him. Which probably isn’t very fair, but whatever.

I wanted to shake Celaena so many times and say GET A GRIP OF YOURSELF. STOP MAKING EVERYONE WANT TO HATE YOU.

When Emrys was giving Rowan that pep talk, UGH THAT WAS SO GOOD! I was cheering him on so much.

I really, really, Sorshca. Which is why I wasn’t really surprised when her head what cut off of her body. I mean, of course. Of course. We have to keep that Dorian-Celaena -Chaol love triangle up, don’t we. 

The epic battle at the end had me chewing off my fingernails. It was so creepy when Celaena had to go through the memories. And so, so sad when you learned about how Lady Marion sacrificed herself.

Tell me about your favorite parts in the comments! Though, spoiler alerts, please!