Let’s Start at the Beginning: The Assassin’s Blade


“Seated in the council room of the Assassin’s Keep, Celaena Sardothein leaned back in her chair.”

It’s always a treat to see the beginning of a character because you can learn a lot about them and the reasons behind why they are the way they are. Today, we return back to our regular Sarah J. Maas programming with a book that is no exception: The Assassin’s Blade. While these novellas may not describe the very beginning of Celaena’s life, they certainly were some very key moments.

Celaena Sardothein is Adarlan’s most feared assassin. While she is part of the Assassin’s Guild and owes her allegiance to her master Arobynn Hamel, she listens to no one and trusts only her “associate,” Sam Cortland; maybe not even him. The Assassin’s Blade takes us on a journey with Celaena on five different missions, where she is increasingly acting out against Arobynn’s orders. The cost of this is dangerous and incredibly steep; Celaena may never be truly free.

I really enjoyed learning about Celaena’s past because it really helped me understand events in references in the other Throne of Glass books. Truthfully, I think I should have read this book at least Heir of Fire, maybe even at the very beginning. This is because I did know how the book would end considering the events and conversations that transpired in Throne of Glass, which in turn made emotional events not feel as emotional as they should have. However, it’s also a great book to read in hindsight because it answers certain questions about Celaena’s character, such as her trust issues and her love for music. Finally, while these were obviously turning points in Celaena’s life, I think some novellas from even earlier in her childhood would be interesting. Maybe in the future?

All I can say is, if you’ve read or are planning to read the Throne of Glass novels, you should definitely check this one out. It has all of Sarah J. Maas’s usual wonderful world building and characterization, so it’s not one to miss!


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