I don’t think that it will come as a surprise to many that as an avid read I enjoy re-reading my favorite books from time to time. One such series that I haven’t re-read in a while is “Throne of Glass” by Sarah J Maas.
I first read “Throne of Glass” in my late teens and I was hooked. Sarah Maas created an incredible world filled with kickass characters, none more so than its protagonist Celaena Sardothien. With each new book I learned more about Celaena and was introduced to her friends and enemies. These characters were so developed and entertaining that I often couldn’t put the book down till I was finished.
As I said before I haven’t re-read this series in a while and so I decided to start from the very beginning of the story with “The Assassin’s Blade”, the prequel to the series.
“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 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? ” (Goodreads, 2014)
In “Assassin’s Blade” we are introduced to a much more carefree Celaena than the one we meet in “Throne of Glass”. She hasn’t been sent to the mines yet and feels like she is on top of the world. She is an assassin and good at what she does. That is a fact she’s extremely proud of, constantly finding opportunities to tout her claim to the title of Adarlan’s Assassin. At the same time Celaena has a good heart. It’s her heart that causes her to try to stop the sale of slaves and help those same slaves reach freedom. Looking back, this a pivotal moment for Celaena. Her decision to free the slaves results in a confrontation between her and her mentor, Arobynn. It also leads to her budding romance with fellow assassin Sam and showcases her desire to help those who are powerless to help themselves.
One of my favorite parts of “Assassin’s Blade” was being able to get to know Sam, Celaena’s first love. He is mentioned several times in later books and definitely leaves a mark on her life. Like Celaena Sam isn’t a monster despite being an assassin. He is instrumental to her plan to free the slaves and often sympathizes with the powerless members of their society. I have to say that Sarah Maas is perhaps even better than George RR Martin at making readers get attached to characters who later get killed off. I think I wouldn’t be alone if I said I cried after finding out what happened to Sam.
Overall, I thought this was the prefect prequel to the series. We find out how Celaena lands in her current predicament in “Throne of Glass” through a series of short adventures. And the best part is that we don’t even realize how important these stories are until almost the end of the series.
I’m glad to say that even though I’m no longer a teenager, this series still resonates with me and I’m enjoying it as much as the very first time I picked it out. Definitely a 5 out of 5 from me.
Quotes I Found Significant:
Where do men find it in themselves to do such monstrous things. How do they find it acceptable?The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J Maas
“A reminder of what?”… The merchant smiled sadly. “That everything has a price.”The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J Maas