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Review: The Assassin's Blade by Sarah J Maas

“If you can learn to endure pain, you can survive anything. Some people learn to embrace it- to love it. Some endure it through drowning it in sorrow, or by making themselves forget. Others turn it into anger.”

Title: The Assassin's Blade

Author: Sarah J Maas

Series: Book 0.5 of Throne of Glass Series

Genres: Romance, Young Adult, Fantasy, Magic, Fae

Well, I knew what was coming as I started reading the novella. I knew what the ending would be, yet it didn't make it any less gripping and utterly sad. I prepared myself well enough that when the PART came I didn't cry, my heart has been broken by Maas too many times already. I try to keep myself stoic to enjoy her books know, even when its impossible, even when it's hard. I kind of wish I would have read the novellas sooner, a lot of people say I shouldn't because it prepares well fro Queen of Shadows. I haven't finished that one, so for know I wish I would have liked coming into the novella not knowing the ending and later reading the books to learn how deeply troubled Celaena was because of the events in these novellas.

In these mini stories, we get to see Celaena in the before. We see her prior to her involvement with Chaol and Dorian and Rowan. We see her prior to Endovier. We see her as a true assassin, as a young girl really experimenting with love for the first time. We see her dealing with Arobynn (which broke my heart in so many ways). Through it all we understand as a reader how she came to become the ruthless killer she is, and we feel for her, we understand her, and we root for her.

When I started to read the novellas I was a little annoyed because I had just finished Heir of Fire and wanted to know what happened, but I am glad I took my time with the Assassin's Blade as it allowed me to learn so much about our main character, and surprisingly love her even more.

There are really no flaws with the story, it open and concluded beautifully. Some novellas are slowish, but they set the mood for the next one. And I am sure that they prepare a nice picture for what is to come.

"My name is Celaena Sardothien and I will not be afraid" - haunting words that I know understand and treasure and they will keep me up at night forever.

--- 4.5 stars ---