The Assassin's Blade by Sarah J. Maas
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
The one main thing that I learned from this book is that I still don't know how to spell "assassin" properly. Honetsly, I keep typing it wrong and I can't figure out why my brain just won't break it up into "ass ass in" and get it right. That should work…
Anyhow, I read this book for the first time about two years ago (thanks Goodreads for tracking that). I read the physical book and doing it as an audiobook this time around was definitely the right choice. I had vague recollections of the stories but couldn't remember all the details. I do remember that I made it through these novellas relatively quickly.
The stories are fine. Maas seems to like to write bad-ass arrogant women who also really love the girly things. Which is totally fine. Each of the novellas feeds off the one before it, but they also stand alone. You also do not have to have read Throne of Glass to enjoy these.
There's a lot of discussion as to whether now since everything is published you should read this before the remainder of the series. I have to tell you that I don't think it matters. These novellas are going to give you some of the backstory to the character of Celena that gets alluded to in the book Throne of Glass.
Overall these are your standard YA tropes. Girl fights for her freedom, falls in love along the way. Learns who she is an sticks to her principles. That sort of thing.
It's a large world that Maas has created for us and I'm not mad about being in it.
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