Fun, Sassy and Assassin Filled
I REALLY ENJOYED Sarah J Maas’ Throne Of Glass Novella collection. We can attribute this to the fact that these five stories READ LIKE A FULL LENGTH BOOK that skipped forward at times but I ENJOYED IT SO MUCH.
I loved getting to know Sam and Arobynn and re-meet the assassin Celaena Sardothien. Let’s break it down story wise:
1) THE ASSASSIN AND THE PIRATE LORD:
Reading this story made me wish SO SO BADLY that I had picked this book up before I dove into Empire of Storms last year because I would have LOVED to have met Rolfe and the rest of Skulls Bay in the context I was meant to. I loved that this story showed us how Celaena had always been someone who fought for the people and I LOVED THE BEGINNING OF SAM’S AND HER RELATIONSHIP. More than anything, I LOVED RE-MEETING THE SASSY ASSASSIN CELAENA BECAUSE I MISSED HER SO MUCH IN THE RECENT BOOK.
2) THE ASSASSIN AND THE HEALER:
I’ve pretty much figured while I was reading this book that the “Healer” who this story was about is the character I will meet in Tower Of Dawn, and it makes me so glad that I picked it up. If we saw Celaena brazen side in the last novella, we were introduced to the one with the kind heart here and I loved it.
3) THE ASSASSIN AND THE DESERT:
This was the novella I was MOST excited for because this kept getting mentioned in the series and I was VERY excited to see what Celaena’s training was like, and it was also the novella that disappointed me the most. It had too little training and action and too much running across the sand and friendship. It didn’t seem like supremely hard training (but then again, what do I know?) and I was sort of waiting for it to be done with.
4) THE ASSASSIN AND THE UNDERWORLD:
THIS WAS BY FAR MY FAVOURITE NOVELLA. Celaena is back at Rifthold, a changed Assassin, with Arobynn and Sam and I loved the tensions that arose and the characters we met (hello, Lysandra) and fine new Assassin outfits and well, IT WAS SUCH A GOOD MINI BOOK.
5) THE ASSASSIN AND THE EMPIRE:
If you’ve read Throne of Glass, you should already know what this book is about and how it ends. I wasn’t particularly looking forward to it and I SO BADLY wanted everything to have a different ending but it didn’t. Still, definitely a good story but I ONLY WISH IT WAS ALSO TOLD FROM AROBYNN’S POINT OF VIEW.
Even if you’re not a short story person (and I feel you) but you ARE a fan of the Throne of Glass series, I would DEFINITELY recommend this collection, preferably before you dive into Queen Of Shadows (There are some backstories you might not want to miss!)
I loved getting to know Celaena again. A fun, sassy and assassin filled origin story to one of my favourite fictional characters. 4 stars.