I didn’t know when to read this one as prequels tend to come out after a series has finished. I read the first two books in the Throne of Glass series then decided to go back and read The Assassin’s Blade.
There are five novellas included in this book, in which some events are referenced In both Throne of Glass and Crown of Midnight. I’m quite glad I didn’t read this first as I don’t think I would have been quite as invested in her character as I am now. Each Novella is in chronological order, each starting after the events of the previous one.
The Assassin and the Pirate Lord introduces us to her beloved Sam, who I didn’t realise she didn’t actually like at first. It’s a great introduction to showing her true values which is probably why so many men fall in love with her.
The Assassin and the Healer was quite short and shows Celaena’s mood from the consequences of her actions at Skulls Bay in the previous story. But through that anger she is still able to help someone in need. She may be a killer but she has good morals!
The Assassin and the Desert was my favourite of the novellas. It was one I remember being referenced when she talked about her training with the silent assassins. And I now get the horse reference in Crown of Midnight. I didn’t see the twist coming with one of the characters which shows how good Maas’s writing is!
The Assassin and the Underworld develops Celaena’s relationship with Sam and shows the true character of Arobynn King of Assassins. You completely understand why she has trust issues in Throne of Glass!
I didn’t really want to read the last one, The Assassin and the Empire because you know exactly what is going to happen. So I felt tense throughout the whole story! I’m glad she didn’t go too graphic and it focuses mainly on Celaena’s reaction to what has happened.
It was good to get to know Sam but I didn’t feel as excited for their relationship as I do for Celaena’s and Chaol’s. Maybe that’s just because we didn’t get to know him as well. Although most people on Goodreads seem to disagree with me and think Sam is better than both Chaol and Dorian!
Did you read the prequel before the series, after or somewhere in the middle?