Tea & Book Chat: The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J. Maas (Throne of Glass #0.1 – #0.5)

The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J. Maas is a bind up of the five prequel novellas (The Assassin and the Pirate Lord, The Assassin and the Healer, The Assassin and the Desert, The Assassin and the Underworld and The Assassin and the Empire)  leading up to the events in Throne of Glass.  Overall I really enjoyed this collection and the insight it allowed into Celaena’s past.  Many of these events are casually mentioned throughout the books I’ve read (I’m currently up to Queen of Shadows and I was told to read the novellas prior to starting the fourth book) but I wanted to have a fuller understanding of everything before we get to the final two books.  There were definitely some novellas that I liked better than others and I was surprised that I didn’t like Celaena as much in certain stories as I do in the Throne of Glass series as a whole.  She’s very arrogant and a bit less likable but I appreciated seeing her past and the events that have slightly humbled her.

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The Assassin and the Pirate Lord

I love pirates so I knew going in that this would be a story for me.  In The Assassin and the Pirate Lord we really see the initial seeds of friendship and more between Celaena and Sam.  Their personal morals and the decisions they had to make played a huge role in why I enjoyed this tale so much.

Rating 5

The Assassin and the Healer

This was my least favorite of the novellas but by no means was it dissatisfying.  It shows another side of Celaena (sadly there’s no Sam) and how she cannot avoid helping innocent people.

Rating 3

The Assassin and the Desert

This is one of my favorite of the novellas.  Arobynn forces Celaena to leave Rifthold and travel to the Red Desert where she is to be trained by and get a letter of approval from the Mute Master who is sort like an Arobynn from the South.  Celaena is befriended by another female assassin in this story, her patience is majorly tested by the Mute Master, and she undergoes some unconventional training.  And there’s this one scene on horses that was such an excitement to read!

Rating 6

The Assassin and the Underworld

This novella was probably my second least favorite.  I loved that Celaena and Sam teamed up together and again, there’s a lot of growth between their characters but the ending is not my favorite.  I think Celaena should’ve known better at this point considering what a top notch assassin we are always reminded that she is.  I can’t say I ever liked Arobynn but this story really just put my loathing for him over the edge.

Rating 3

The Assassin and the Empire

This is the story. The one where the thing happens that’s talked about all the time in Throne of Glass. My heart shattered into a million pieces while reading this one.  SJ Maas, you are cruel.

Rating 5

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Waiting on Wednesday: Queen of Shadows (Throne of Glass #4) by Sarah J. Maas

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases we’re eagerly anticipating.  This week I’m choosing Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas which is the fourth book in Throne of Glass series.  I’ve just caught up on the series and read book three, Heir of Fire.  I waited until closer to the Queen of Shadows release so I wouldn’t have to wait as long between books (although, since it’s a 6 book series, I will have a lot more waiting ahead of me).  The second book, Crown of Midnight, broke me and I knew I wouldn’t be able to handle it again so I’m considering re-reading the series each year before the new book is released.  The only other series I’ve done that with is Harry Potter. Seriously, it’s that good.

Queen of Shadows - Throne of Glass

 

Everyone Celaena Sardothien loves has been taken from her. But she’s at last returned to the empire—for vengeance, to rescue her once-glorious kingdom, and to confront the shadows of her past . . .

She will fight for her cousin, a warrior prepared to die just to see her again. She will fight for her friend, a young man trapped in an unspeakable prison. And she will fight for her people, enslaved to a brutal king and awaiting their lost queen’s triumphant return.

Celaena’s epic journey has captured the hearts and imaginations of millions across the globe. This fourth volume will hold readers rapt as Celaena’s story builds to a passionate, agonizing crescendo that might just shatter her world. (via Goodreads)

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5 Fandom Friday: My Fictional BFF’s

I tend to be a quieter person (depending on the circumstances).  I enjoy connecting with people one on one but when I’m in a large group I usually feel kind of overwhelmed and wishing I was home with a good book instead.  I’ve always been a great listener and everyone tells me I’m really supportive and I offer helpful and insightful advice.  I tend to get along best with strong-minded individuals who are more outgoing than I am.  I had such a fun time thinking of which fictional characters I would get along the best with and why I could see us being best friends.  Here’s my list!

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1) Luna Lovegood – Luna is wacky and I love her to pieces.  I would be so interested in hearing her speak about her theories and thoughts that I could picture us having plenty of tea dates together. (Sorry guys, you know I can’t go a blog post without mentioning Harry Potter at least once!)

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2) Celaena Sardothien – Caelena is such a brave and fierce heroine.  I would happy to help her do research about what could possibly be going on in the castle and I would totally cover for her when need be.1

3) Belle – Belle is more introspective than the other characters I would call my BFF’s, but I just know we would chat about books together for HOURS on end.  Plus, she seems generous and I bet she would let me walk around her library.

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4) Veronica Mars – I appreciate Veronica’s snark and I would love to be there to help her sort out her ongoing issues with Logan because they’re perfect together.

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5) Echo – Echo is hilariously snarky and puts up a strong front to protect the people she loves.  She’s loyal and caring and we have the same taste in food (plus we live in the same city which is super convenient).  I would love to be able to call her a friend!

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