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The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J. Maas

The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J. MaasThe Assassin's Blade by Sarah J. Maas
Series: Throne of Glass #0.5
Genre: Fantasy
Release Date: March 13, 2014
Publisher: Bloomsbury Childrens
Source: Bought
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Rating: three-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...

Explore the dark underworld of this kick-ass heroine and find out how the legend begins in the five page-turning prequel novellas to the New York Times bestselling Throne of Glass series.

While I’m not really a fan of short stories or novellas, and I rarely read them even if they are part of my favourite series or companions to my favourite books, I picked up The Assassin’s Blade before I read the masterpiece that is Queen of Shadows. I was told that The Assassin’s Blade is an essential read for the Throne of Glass series, especially if you’re about to read the fourth book. I 100% agree. The Assassin’s Blade provides backstory for Celaena and shows what her life was like before she was sent to the mines, and why she was enslaved in the first place. Continue reading

Queen of Shadows by Sarah J Maas

Queen of Shadows by Sarah J MaasQueen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas
Series: Throne of Glass #4
Genre: Fantasy
Release Date: September 1, 2015
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Source: Bought, Publisher
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Rating: five-stars

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.

I don’t see this review turning out too well considering Queen of Shadows is one of my favourite books of the year (it’s in my top three and that’s all you need to know) and I have discovered that I am entirely unable to be coherent when I talk about this book. Expect fangirling and capslock throughout.

First thing’s first, Aelin’s the realest. AELIN. I loved her in Heir of Fire but if there’s another level of love like the alleged several levels of hell then I have surpassed all levels and reached the pit. I’m talking pure adoration and worship. That is how much I fell for her in Queen of Shadows because she is one of the strongest women I have ever read about and I will never let go. Continue reading

Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas

Heir of Fire by Sarah J. MaasHeir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas
Series: Throne of Glass #3
Genre: Fantasy
Release Date: September 2, 2014
Publisher: Bloomsbury Childrens
Source: Publisher
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Rating: four-half-stars

Lost and broken, Celaena Sardothien’s only thought is to avenge the savage death of her dearest friend: as the King of Adarlan’s Assassin, she is bound to serve this tyrant, but he will pay for what he did. Any hope Celaena has of destroying the king lies in answers to be found in Wendlyn. Sacrificing his future, Chaol, the Captain of the King’s Guard, has sent Celaena there to protect her, but her darkest demons lay in that same place. If she can overcome them, she will be Adarlan’s biggest threat – and his own toughest enemy. 

While Celaena learns of her true destiny, and the eyes of Erilea are on Wendlyn, a brutal and beastly force is preparing to take to the skies. Will Celaena find the strength not only to win her own battles, but to fight a war that could pit her loyalties to her own people against those she has grown to love?

I don’t even know where to begin with this review. Just. What. I’ve made no secret of the fact that I wasn’t a huge fan of Throne of Glass. It was good, it was enjoyable, but it was also pretty forgettable. Then Judith forced Crown of Midnight on me, and my interest in this world and the characters was suddenly sparked. I requested Heir of Fire because I thought if it was at least on par with Crown of Midnight, then I couldn’t go wrong. But it blew Crown of Midnight out of the water, and is definitely the best of the series so far.

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Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas

Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. MaasCrown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas
Series: Throne of Glass #2
Genre: Fantasy
Release Date: August 15, 2013
Publisher: Bloomsbury Childrens
Source: Gift
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Rating: three-half-stars

Eighteen-year-old Celaena Sardothien is bold, daring and beautiful – the perfect seductress and the greatest assassin her world has ever known. But though she won the King’s contest and became his champion, Celaena has been granted neither her liberty nor the freedom to follow her heart. The slavery of the suffocating salt mines of Endovier that scarred her past is nothing compared to a life bound to her darkest enemy, a king whose rule is so dark and evil it is near impossible to defy. Celaena faces a choice that is tearing her heart to pieces: kill in cold blood for a man she hates, or risk sentencing those she loves to death. Celaena must decide what she will fight for: survival, love or the future of a kingdom. Because an assassin cannot have it all . . . And trying to may just destroy her.

Love or loathe Celaena, she will slice open your heart with her dagger and leave you bleeding long after the last page of the highly anticipated sequel in what is undeniably THE hottest new fantasy series.

Crown of Midnight is a book that I hadn’t planned on reading at all. I read Throne of Glass when it was first released, and I liked it. And that’s it. It was an okay book, but nothing particularly stood out to me. And then Epic Recs started and Judith sent me a copy of the book, so I couldn’t not read it because that would be rude. And the British are never rude. (*snorts*)

I liked Celaena a lot more in this book. I think it’s because Maas made her a slightly more sympathetic character compared to how she was in Throne of Glass. We got to read about some more of Celaena’s background and upbringing, and the focus was more on her than it was about the plot or the other characters. Because Celaena, to an extent, was the plot. And this was great. We got see her do her badass thing, but we also saw the softer side of her and, as we learnt more about her, I grew to kind of really, really like her. Which shocked me, because I didn’t feel either way about her in Throne of Glass.

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