Celaena Sardothien is her kingdom’s most feared assassin. Though she works for the powerful and ruthless Assassin’s Guild, she yields to no one and only trusts 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 makes friends and enemies alike, discovers that she feels far more for Sam than just friendship. But by defying Arobynn’s orders, Celaena risks 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 the 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.







My Review:

I personally really enjoyed this collection of novellas. It was the missing piece from the Throne of Glass books that I had been looking for. And I have to say, this book did not let me down at all.

I think it was great for us readers to go back and get to know a little bit of Celaena’s backstory. What she was like before the events of Throne of Glass took place. I thought that each of the five novellas just pieced everything together so well.

I also enjoyed all of the characters that we were introduced to. All of them definitely played a big role in the events that took place throughout the entire book, no matter which of the novellas they were in.

The Assassin and The Pirate Lord was definitely a great start to the book. I didn’t know what to expect going into the book but this was, again, a great way to kick it off. We got introduced to some of the key characters in this book like Sam and Arobynn. I think the action in this book was the most impactful  going into the next four novellas. You can just tell how everything in this novella affected Celaena’s character throughout the rest of the book. Overall, a fantastic novella.

The Assassin and The Healer was not my favorite. It was not the most interesting out of all the novellas and I kind of felt that it was unnecessary. However, I did give us a good transition into the setting of the next novella and I did enjoy that aspect of it. Not my favorite but still great.

The Assassin and The Desert is where things really picked up for me. All of the events in this story played a huge role in the next two novellas and I think that’s what made it so great. The setting was amazing. Getting to see Celaena get a lot of training done was also fantastic and it definitely evolved in the future stories. The characters were also fantastic. The friendship between Celaena and Ansel was interesting. I thought throughout the entire story that Ansel was one of the guys but in the end she ends up betraying Celaena and that really shocked me because I had not seen it coming. Overall, an amazing novella.

The Assassin and The Underworld by far was my favorite out of the five. It really took a turn in a direction that I had not seen coming. Celaena and Sam’s relationship was a heartwarming surprise. There had been hints in the regular books but I didn’t think it was anything serious. But getting to see it in this book just made my heart melt. The plot of this book was the thing that kept me on the edge of my seat the most. So many twists and turns and you never know what will happen next. Overall, just amazing.

The Assassin and The Empire was a great conclusion novella for this book. This is where everything that we had heard about in the regular novels took place in this story. It was everything and more that I had imagined. Sam’s death was absolutely heartbreaking. I felt so bad for Celaena. I have been in that position before, finding one of the people you love the most dead. Truly heartbreaking. But the way she transforms after that just put a whole new meaning to badass. Great transformation. Seeing her try to get her revenge on the men who killed Sam was fantastic. Even though she got captured and sent to Endovier in the end, I think it was for the best considering what happens in Throne of Glass.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book. It was the first collection of novellas I have ever read so it was definitely something different. I loved all of these stories. The author seems to blow me away everytime I read one of her books. I can’t recommend them enough.


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