the assasins blade

The Assasin’s Blade by Sarah J. Maas

The Assassin's Blade (Throne of Glass, #0.1-0.5) by Sarah J. Maas
Published by Bloomsbury Childrens on March 4th 2014
Genres: High Fantasy
Pages: 448
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three-half-stars

Contains all five novellas.

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.

If you haven’t read the Throne of Glass series (at least book #1) you shouldn’t continue reading because there’s big spoilers!

These novellas were already published by the time I finally read Throne of Glass (2016), however I wasn’t really interested in reading them. I knew that the budding romance between Sam and Celaena wasn’t going to last because I knew he was going to die, so I figured, what’s the point? Well, with Tower of Dawn wrapped and sitting under my Christmas tree, I decided to re-read the whole series again. When I originally read these books I devoured book after book until they all started to blend together. I could barely remember what happened in which book.  I’ve got a bit of a binging problem.. so this time I decided to read slower and savor each book. I also decided it was time to finally read the novellas. When the pirates and the desert assassins showed up at the end of Empire of Storms I wanted to know how the heck Celaena a.k.a. Aelis was able to make it happen. I’m proud that I finally read these novellas.

I’m going to briefly comment on each story –

The Assassin and the Pirate Lord
This novella was definitely entertaining but far too short. There’s no real backstory on the pirate lord, and Celaena and Sam miraculously free 200 slaves within less than 100 pages. Everything felt rushed and not fleshed out. This novella disappointed me the most out of all of them because it was the one I was most eager to finally read. 3 stake rating!

The Assassin and the Healer
This was my least favorite of the 5 novellas. It was dry and not as exciting as say, The Assassin and the Desert. I wasn’t the biggest fan of Celaena in these first two novellas because she was so aloof and miserable, and well, a bitch. Even though she saves slaves in the first novella and empowers a girl in this novella, Celaena’s still so devoid of emotions. This is a Celaena that I wasn’t used to and one that I didn’t really like. I realize it was all a plot device to show how Celaena changes but… meh. 2 stake rating!

The Assassin and the Desert
Even though this novella was also far too short, it was my favorite one. Celaena finally begins to thaw out after the events in The Assassin and the Healer and even more so when she begins a friendship with Ansel. Celaena has never had any girlfriends. She’s the only female assassin under Arobyn and therefore has never been able to relate to girls. There is such heartbreaking moment in this novella for Celaena and it really hit me too. However, I can’t wait to see Celaena’s interaction with the desert assassins in future book(s). 4 stake rating!

The Assassin and the Underworld
This was an interesting story but not very twisty. I could tell right from the start that Arobyn was playing Celaena. He doesn’t tell full truths, and finds interesting ways to punish those that don’t obey him. Sam and Celaena finally get together in this book after they admit their true feelings. There’s sweet moments between the two that break my heart because I know they are not headed towards a happily ever after. 3 stake rating!

The Assassin and the Empire
This was by far the hardest novella to read. If you’ve read Throne of Glass you know how Celaena and Sam’s story ends and it’s not happy. Reading this book was like watching the Titanic. You have a hard time enjoying the sweet moments because it’s only a matter of time until Sam and Celaena’s relationship is shattered. 4 stake rating!

three-half-stars
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Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass #5) by Sarah J. Maas

Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass #5) by Sarah J. MaasEmpire of Storms (Throne of Glass, #5) by Sarah J. Maas
Published by Bloomsbury Children's Books on September 6th 2016
Pages: 693
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The long path to the throne has only just begun for Aelin Galathynius as war looms on the horizon. Loyalties have been broken and bought, friends have been lost and gained, and those who possess magic find themselves at odds with those who don't.

With her heart sworn to the warrior-prince by her side, and her fealty pledged to the people she is determined to save, Aelin will delve into the depths of her power to protect those she loves. But as monsters emerge from the horrors of the past, and dark forces become poised to claim her world, the only chance for salvation will lie in a desperate quest that may mark the end of everything Aelin holds dear.

In this breathtaking fifth installment of the New York Times bestselling Throne of Glass series, Aelin will have to choose what—and who—to sacrifice if she's to keep the world of Erilea from breaking apart.

Wow. Seriously though… wow!!! If Empire of Storms is but a taste of the end, I don’t know if I’ll make it through book 6. I barely made it through book 5.

There’s so much emotion running through me right now, especially for Aelin. Pride for what she sacrificed in Empire of Storms and sorrow for what she has already and surely will lose in the final book.

Aelin now knows who she is and what her ancestors expect of her. I seriously hate her ancestors at the moment. Aelin’s life has never been hers, neither has the other characters in this series actually – Elide, Rowan, Dorian, Manon as well as others. Their lives are all falling into predetermined places.

This “review” is more like a handful of sentences with my thoughts about Empire of Storms. I really don’t want to get too into this book because there’s so much to dissect. I also don’t want to share major spoilers.

Did you read this latest installment in the Throne of Glass series? What did you think? Are you as devastated as me? Are you super impressed (like me) at what Lysandra in her many forms accomplished in this book?

Lysandra as well as Elide are two of my current favs right now. This book had so many badass females.

5 stars! Duh.

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Crown of Midnight (Throne of Glass #2) by Sarah J. Maas

Crown of Midnight (Throne of Glass #2) by Sarah J. MaasCrown of Midnight (Throne of Glass, #2) by Sarah J. Maas
Published by Bloomsbury USA Childrens on August 27th 2013
Pages: 418
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five-stars

"A line that should never be crossed is about to be breached.

It puts this entire castle in jeopardy—and the life of your friend."

From the throne of glass rules a king with a fist of iron and a soul as black as pitch. Assassin Celaena Sardothien won a brutal contest to become his Champion. Yet Celaena is far from loyal to the crown. She hides her secret vigilantly; she knows that the man she serves is bent on evil.

Keeping up the deadly charade becomes increasingly difficult when Celaena realizes she is not the only one seeking justice. As she tries to untangle the mysteries buried deep within the glass castle, her closest relationships suffer. It seems no one is above questioning her allegiances—not the Crown Prince Dorian; not Chaol, the Captain of the Guard; not even her best friend, Nehemia, a foreign princess with a rebel heart.

Then one terrible night, the secrets they have all been keeping lead to an unspeakable tragedy. As Celaena's world shatters, she will be forced to give up the very thing most precious to her and decide once and for all where her true loyalties lie... and whom she is ultimately willing to fight for.

***Somehow this review got lost in my blog queue. I actually read Crown of Midnight months ago, and then wrote this review. Anyways — I got a kick out of reading this review when I found it because I just finished book 5 and so many things have changed since book 2!!

Yep. I’m officially and incredibly addicted to this series. I’m not going to beat myself up for not starting it sooner anymore because I’ve officially hopped on the bandwagon and I’m invested in Celaena’s journey.

Crown of Midnight isn’t one of those books that succumbs to the dreaded second book slump, in fact, I’d say that Crown of Midnight was even better than Throne of Glass. Everything was just so heightened in Crown of Midnight. This book was darker, deeper and more devastating.

We see Calaena unlike we’ve ever seen her before. In her grief and rage shes becomes a deadly creature with no sense of restraint. She’s unstoppable. It was actually quite scary to see how powerful she truly is able to become. Her emotions flip off and she’s lost in blood lust.

Enough of the dark and gloomy! There was some light in this book…mainly Celaena and Chaol my current favorite ship. Celaena, since book one, has been see-sawing between Chaol and Dorian.  However, after pulling away from Dorian she fully leans toward Chaol in Crown of Midnight. I just love these two together so damn much. He’s uniform and logical and she’s reckless and unpredictable, together they just fit wonderfully. They help each other grow in ways they didn’t think possible.

A lot of reveals were made in Crown of Midnight regarding the king’s agenda, Celaena’s past and where her future lies.

5 whopping stars of course! This series excels at many things especially when it comes to creating compelling characters like Celaena. She has so many layers and it’s been such a treat to peel them back.

five-stars
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A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses #2) by Sarah J. Maas

A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses #2) by Sarah J. MaasA Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #2) by Sarah J. Maas
Published by Bloomsbury USA Childrens on May 3rd 2016
Pages: 626
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five-stars

Feyre survived Amarantha's clutches to return to the Spring Court—but at a steep cost. Though she now has the powers of the High Fae, her heart remains human, and it can't forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin's people.

Nor has Feyre forgotten her bargain with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court. As Feyre navigates its dark web of politics, passion, and dazzling power, a greater evil looms—and she might be key to stopping it. But only if she can harness her harrowing gifts, heal her fractured soul, and decide how she wishes to shape her future—and the future of a world cleaved in two.

With more than a million copies sold of her beloved Throne of Glass series, Sarah J. Maas's masterful storytelling brings this second book in her seductive and action-packed series to new heights.

Do you ever start drafting a review for a book before you even finish it? This is what I started doing with A Court of Mist and Fury. I had a lot of thoughts running through my head so I started jotting them down before I forgot them. Emotions and thoughts are so fresh while reading. Sometimes I think my reviews are actually more thought provoking and energized when I jot notes down while reading.

I felt an emotional attachment to Rhysand in book one, now in book two, I am helplessly in love with him. His shell cracks and his mysteries began to unravel in A Court of Mist and Fury. All the other courts see Rhysand as this tough, murderous, cruel and conniving High Fae Lord, when in reality he’s thoughtful and kind. He cares so much about his Court that he sacrifices himself time after time. He also clearly cares terribly for Feyre.

Feyre is slowly wasting away in body and mind in A Court of Mist and Fury. She’s struggling with adjusting to life as an immortal fae. She’s also experiencing PTSD after being imprisoned by Amarantha under the mountain as well as being forced to kill two innocent fae in order to rescue Tamlin and the rest of the faes entrapped by Amarantha’s curse.

We, and Feyre, learn so much more about the Night Court than we ever learned about the Spring Court. Feyre realizes that Tamlin has purposefully kept secrets about his court from her. The few new tidbits she learns shocks her because she holds such different views on these matters. After a huge blowout with Tamlin, Feyre is whisked away to the Night Court by Rhysand and his cousin Morrigan.

My mind has made so many comparisons between Twilight and A Court of Mist and Fury. Tamlin started reminding me of Edward Cullen which was not a good thing. Like Edward did to Bella in Eclipse, Tamlin starts hiding important and dangerous facts from Feyre. He treats her as such a small fragile thing and won’t allow her to make her own decisions. Enter Jacob, I mean, Rhysand who knows how strong Feyre really is, mentally and physically. He encourages Feyre to embrace her strengths and budding abilities. Rhysand respects Feyre enough to make her own decisions. Swoooon.

Long story short, I don’t like Tamlin anymore. He reminded me too much of a character from another series that I despised.

I LOVED A Court of Mist and Fury. I loved it even more than A Court of Thorns and Roses. We learned so much more about Feyre’s world and met a sleuth of wonderful new characters. We also learned that everything isn’t so black and white like we were set to believe in book one. There’s so many lies for the good and bad that we begin to learn about.

I’m going to waste away waiting for book three…

I give this book 5+ stars for awesomeness and addictedness.

 

five-stars

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. MaasA Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #1) by Sarah J. Maas
Published by Bloomsbury USA Childrens on May 5th 2015
Pages: 416
Goodreads
five-stars

Feyre's survival rests upon her ability to hunt and kill – the forest where she lives is a cold, bleak place in the long winter months. So when she spots a deer in the forest being pursued by a wolf, she cannot resist fighting it for the flesh. But to do so, she must kill the predator and killing something so precious comes at a price ...

Dragged to a magical kingdom for the murder of a faerie, Feyre discovers that her captor, his face obscured by a jewelled mask, is hiding far more than his piercing green eyes would suggest. Feyre's presence at the court is closely guarded, and as she begins to learn why, her feelings for him turn from hostility to passion and the faerie lands become an even more dangerous place. Feyre must fight to break an ancient curse, or she will lose him forever.


Sarah J. Maas – you’re officially one of my new favorite authors. I plan on filling my shelves to the brim with your amazing books!

I really enjoy the Throne of Glass series, and now I’m completely in love the A Court of Thorns and Roses series. Sarah J. Maas’ level of creativity is amazing! She flawlessly creates vivid worlds, and one-of-a-kind characters. Although A Court of Thorns and Roses seems to be inspired by Beauty and the Beast, Sarah J. Maas diverges from the original story, by spinning new plots, and new captivating characters.

Feyre is such a wonderful character. She’s been neglected and taken advantage by her family, her entire life. When Feyre’s mother was dying, Feyre made a promise that she would take care of her two older sisters and father. Even when Feyre was 8, her mother knew that Feyre was the only one with her wits about her. Her mother knew that Feyre would do anything and everything, to keep her little family alive. Ever since her mother died, Feyre has taken care of her older sisters, Elain and Nesta, and their father. The family lost their fortune many years ago, which forced them into a ramshackle itty-bitty cottage. Feyre taught herself how to hunt to be able to feed her family and herself, a feat that at times, is near-impossible. She and her family are all underweight, malnourished, and miserable.

Tamlin, a ferocious-seeming faerie, quickly shows up in the story, when Feyre accidentally kills a fae friend of his. He gives her the option to either die, or go to live with him forever in his faery court. After making sure her family will be spared, Feyre begrudgingly goes with Tamlin.

I really enjoyed the interactions that took place between Tamlin and Feyre. Feyre was resistant to all things fae in the beginning of the story, because she had grown up hearing stories of their torturous, and murderous ways. She viewed them as monsters, that only caused pain and destruction for humans. By spending time with Tamlin, Feyre starts to see that all faes may not be as bad, as they’re rumored to be.

A Court of Thorns and Roses was so addicting! Tamlin was a tall, handsome, mystery, that I wanted to unravel immediately. Feyre was a spirited girl, who cared more about others, than herself. There was also Lucien, another fae, whose role was that of a sarcastic best friend, and an ally to Tamlin. Lucien clearly has problems with Feyre, the moment she arrives, which causes hilarious bickering between the two.

There’s so much to love about this book, but I’m going to stop here. You NEED to read this one asap.

five-stars