Assassin's Blade (Throne of Glass 0.1-0.5) - Sarah J Maas
This review is spoiler free, but it does refer to events from the other 6 books in the Throne of Glass series.
Talk about myth! This is a collection of 5 novellas from the Throne of Glass world. I only read this recently, but it was actually published March 2014 between the publishing of the 2nd and 3rd throne of glass books. This truth bomb makes the novellas that much more interesting, because they have backstory and tie ins with some of the most recent books (cough cough Tower of Dawn). Reading these novellas shows Mass’s commitment to her world and her characters (as if you didn’t already know it from reading the series itself). Even the smallest characters have a rich and unique history.
Celaena’s ability to navigate the moral complexities of her life can only be described as magic. I know, she’s an assassin, how much of a moral compass can she have? But it's fantastic to see in some of these early stories how she starts making decisions that are bigger than herself. It shows her complex evolution into the woman she fully becomes at the end of Empire of Storms..
If you can’t tell, I loved it. I loved it even more than the recent Tower of Dawn, because of the intimate look at Celaena’s past, at the major events that made her.