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.
Why read separate short stories when you can have them in one handy book? So, here are 5 mini reviews in one handy review!
The first book was probably my favourite. It’s everything we know and love about Celaena, only when she was more bad ass (if that’s even possible!). Celaena takes no sh** from nobody, despite knowing the consequences of not following orders. Plus, it’s really nice to see that she’s always felt passionately about the freedom of slaves. I thought it was a situation of spoiled princess being put into slavery and finding a new side of compassion. But no, she’s always stood out from the rest.
Book two was stupidly short. Like, annoyingly short, only a couple of chapters long. It was good, I’m just really glad I didn’t make the mistake of getting it as a separate book. We were introduced to Yrene, and she was very sweet. But we never saw her again… So I’m not entirely sure what the point of this book was?
In this one, Celaena is sent away to train with the Silent Assassins. Her trainer, Ansel, was not at all what I was expecting. But in a good way! This wasn’t exactly action-packed for the most part, since it was mostly Celaena learning new training techniques (although that was interesting). But the last few chapters really picked up! There’s nothing better than a shocking betrayal to make a book exciting. Oh, and she got to put all that training into action, which was impressive to watch. Lastly, there was some emotional trauma caused by this that carried on into the future books. What could be better?
Some romance! I love romance! If you’ve read the rest of the series, you’ll have heard of the infamous Sam Cortland. Well, in this one he starts using his manly charms. And I am IN LOVE. He really fell for Celaena, and he’s not afraid to show it. And they work together, which gives a different side to their relationship. They have that sort of relationship where they can practically read each other’s minds, and I love it. It makes their assassinations a lot more successful. Oh, and in this one there was a near death experience! I love those! It shows a completely new side to Celaena when she’s in danger. And it makes me feel so sad for her!
The end! I’m impressed I didn’t cry, that was heartbreaking even though I knew it was coming. Like I said, if you’ve read the rest of the series, you know a lot of things that are going to happen in this book. But in this book, you really get to know them, instead of just knowing them through Celaena’s memories. So it’s a lot sadder! I’m just mad I didn’t read the series in order, because that last bit left me pretty confused…
Basically, if you like the series (or want to try the series), definitely read this! The only flaw I’d say is that it didn’t need to be five books. In the gaps between each book we only missed a few months max. And then they were explained in flashbacks anyway. So what’s the point? Why not just have one prequel book?
But, you know, Celaena, assassinations, romance, near death experiences. All that good stuff! Have any of you read this? What did you think?