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.
This was a fantastic read, and it definitely adds a lot to the series. I actually wish I’d read these novellas before book 1 as I think I’d have enjoyed reading that more going into it with a full understanding of the backstory.
1st novella – The Assassin and the Pirate Lord: Really enjoyed this story. Man, Celaena is so arrogant and full of herself. I think Rolfe is right in his assessment, and I suspect he may be the one to betray her. She seems to have made a formidable enemy. Loved Sam, and he was definitely the more mature, voice of reason. Can’t wait to see their romance develop. 5 stars.
2nd novella – The Assassin and the Healer. Loved it. Celaena has a good heart. Girl Power. 5 stars.
3rd novella – The Assassin and the Desert. My favourite read so far. Celaena has a good sense of right wrong. She should have kissed Ilias though! 5 stars
4th novella – The Assassin and the Underworld. Now we are getting to the good stuff. Arobynn is a slippery snake. Love Sam, and so happy they are finally free and together, but it’s bittersweet knowing what’s around the corner. 5 stars
5th novella – The Assassin and the Empire. Absolutely heart-breaking. I’m not ashamed to admit that I cried. Poor Sam. Poor Celaena. I hope she gets her revenge on Farran and Arobynn. I knew he wouldn’t be happy that she picked Sam. Totally rotten to the core. Hate him.
Overall, I absolutely loved these prequel novellas, and they have hooked me on this series more so than Book 1 did. I definitely feel like I have a greater understanding of what makes Celaena tick now, and it will be easier to relate to her as the series progresses. Dying to finish it now.