The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J. Maas (Throne of Glass #0.1-0.5)
430 pages | Published March 13th, 2014
Rating: 5/5 stars
Celaena Sardothien owes her reputation to Arobynn Hamel. He gave her a home at the Assassins’ Guild and taught her the skills she needed to survive.
Arobynn’s enemies stretch far and wide – from Adarlan’s rooftops and its filthy dens, to remote islands and hostile deserts. Celaena is duty-bound to hunt them down. But behind her assignments lies a dark truth that will seal her fate – and cut her heart in two forever…
So… I picked this up yesterday. It was at the top of my Autumn reading pile, so I decided I could read this one next – maybe one short story a day to break it up a bit. Needless to say, I finished it the following day and here I am, raw emotions and all. I am writing this less than 10 minutes after finishing the book, so I am all stuffed up, my eyes are puffy, the whole shebang. Please bear with me as I spill my feelings on here.
This is one of the most painful books I have had the pleasure to read. I knew what would happen because it is mentioned in the other books in the series – yet I still cried my heart out. Yes, you read that right – the first book of 2018 that made me burst into tears! I was wondering whether my heart had been frozen on New Year’s Eve, but thankfully not…
I’d heard people talk about this book and how it rips your heart out, but damn… this was absolutely heartwrenching. Sarah J. Maas’s characters have an incredible pull on me, and I can’t even begin to tell you why, but boy do I care about them… When I first started reading The Assassin’s Blade, I was joking around and saying this book is just a compilation of Celaena having terrible ideas, but the more I read, the darker it got, and the deeper it went. I knew it would be painful to read about Celaena’s past, but I never expected it to hit me this hard. I feel… numb. That’s the best way I can describe it, I’m numb and hollow. And sad, so so sad.
I think this book provides such insight to Celaena’s character, adds such depth that I love her even more than I did before – if that’s even possible. She’s a stubborn ass bitch and sometimes she pisses me off, but goodness, this girl can’t catch a fucking break! I cannot get over how sad it all is. She is one of the strongest characters I’ve read about, and I can guarantee you most of us wouldn’t survive a fraction of what she has lived through… and now I’m talking about her as if she’s real – because she FEELS real, and I FEEL like protecting her from any further harm 😓
I find this to be an extremely character-driven book, although there is also political intrigue involved. But honestly, regardless of the plotting we do see in here, this is one big dig into our protagonist’s past, and I loved and devoured every last word of it. Seeing all of the different places on the continent and what there is in each one was fascinating, to say the least. I was beginning to wonder when we’d visit different locations on the map!
I also tabbed the crap out of this book, there are countless memorable moments and I have no doubts that I will go back and re-read it sometime in the future. I’m not one to re-read stuff, but when a book has such an impact on you, I feel like it’s totally worth the re-read.
Well, that’s all I can say to justify the fact that I’ve been crying for a while now. I’m very sorry that I can’t tell you much about this without spoiling it, but if anyone out there has read Throne of Glass and enjoyed it or just thought it was okay, PLEASE give the rest of the books a try. Especially book two – Crown of Midnight – and this one – The Assassin’s Blade. They’re my favorites out of the four I’ve read so far!
Overall, The Assassin’s Blade is a dark addition to the series that provides insight as to the protagonist’s past, adding depth to her character as the author shatters our fragile little hearts. Brilliantly devastating 💔
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