The Assassin’s Blade consists of five Throne of Glass Novellas that serve as prequels to the Throne of Glass series. In each of the novellas we are taken chronologically through the events in Celaena Sardothien’s life that led to her being where she is in the beginning of Throne of Glass.
I have just finished the novel and I am still honestly recovering…
First of all I feel like it is necessary to stress how important it is to read this novel before reading Empire of Storms, a lot of helpful information about characters and previous events are given in this novel that are brought up in Empire of Storms.
I read this novel after Empire of Storms and I can see where it would have been helpful in understanding plot developments within Empire of Storms.
Now my biggest issue with this book is actually something I caused, which was reading this novel after completing the first five books in the Throne of Glass series. This hindered my reading experience because I knew what the outcome on each novella is essentially supposed to be, because they are brought up in Empire of Storms.
But at the same time I really enjoyed linking the details from the novellas with events throughout the series, it gave me a much clearer picture of the developments within the series so far.
So if you haven’t read Assassins Blade yet, I highly suggest you do before continuing on with the rest of the story, it will enhance your reading.
Overall I think it is a true testament to Sarah skills as an author the she still managed to create a novel where even though I knew what the ending was it still impacted me because of how it was delivered. ( Can you tell I love SJM’s writing 🙂 )
Tootles, Gaby 🙂