Author: Sarah J. Maas
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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. (Goodreads summary.)
* Don't read review unless you have read Throne of Glass first! *
|This book in one word!|
I don't want to individually review the novellas because it honestly does feel like one big story, so I don't want to give too much away. It shows us important events in Celaena's life before Endovier. We get to finally meet Sam, her first love, who we hadn't learned too much about in Throne of Glass. I've wanted to know more about Celaena's past since the moment I started Throne of Glass. You learn little bits here and there but never get to see the whole picture. This book was everything I had been needing, it doesn't reveal everything but it shows me so much. I adored it. Absolutely. Adored. It.
When I picked this book up I admit that I was a little nervous about it. I knew this book would be missing one very important thing: Chaol. Have you read my other Throne of Glass reviews? I am totally, one hundred percent, obsessed with Chaol. So I thought this book wouldn't be able to compete with the unbelievably awesomeness that was the other books. I was wrong. Maas is always proving me wrong. I kinda love her for it. Celaena and all of her adventures completely made up for the lack of Chaol, and then Sam comes in and just breaks my little heart.
|Sam & Celaena verdict.|
Maas just knows how to write romances, I don't like romance fiction but if Maas wrote one then I would read it. I didn't think anyone could even come close to Chaol for me in this series, but then Maas introduced Sam. That boy is just adorable, and loveable and everything I'd hoped he would be and wished he wouldn't be all at the same time. I didn't want him to be so wonderful because then I knew I'd be devastated when it all went horribly wrong. And I was. I wanted to hate Maas for it but I couldn't. All I could do was applaud her.
AMAZING!!! I did not expect this book to become my favourite, but it took the spot so easily. It was a fast-paced read, filled with action and adventure, and all the back story on Celaena that I needed and wanted. The romance between Sam and Celaena was totally shippable and heartbreaking all at once. I couldn't get enough of this book, it was just perfect. PERFECT!