- Page Count: 448
- Release Date: March 4, 2014
- My Rating: 4 stars
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.
“My name is Celaena Sardothien and I will not be afraid.”
Well, that quote just got a whole lot more meaning to it.
I SURVIVED THIS BOOK! I was expecting a lot worse, honestly. I initially checked it out to see Sam since you hear so much about him in later books, but there really wasn’t as much about him as I thought there would be. Or maybe I just braced for the worst. It’s more about Celaena’s twisted relationship with Arobynn than anything else. And THAT was enough to permanently mess anyone up. Her reactions and dependency on him were so sad, but really show how strong she becomes later.
This book brought SO much insight to Celaena’s character overall and I loved all of the stories (despite the sad). The second and third novellas were a bit slower, but I’m really hoping we see more of those random characters in Empire of Storms!
This was my second time reading it and I’m not sure I got too much more out of it this time, but I do totally recommend reading it at least once! Maybe even before Throne of Glass or Crown of Midnight if you’re just starting the series because it really does add a TON of depth to everything.