Published by Bloomsbury Publishing
Published on March 13th 2014
Genres: Action & Adventure, Fantasy & Magic, Love & Romance, Young Adult
Source: my local library
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Celaena Sardothien is Adarlan’s most feared assassin. As part of the Assassins' 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 prequel 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 . . . Explore the dark underworld of this kick-ass heroine and find out how the legend begins in the five page-turning prequel novellas to the New York Times bestselling Throne of Glass series.
DNF after 2 novellas
Managed to read The Assassin and the Pirate Lord.
Lord, it was atrocious.
I WANT to love this series. Everyone raves about the sequels. I really, really want to love it. There is nothing I like better than a kick-ass girl in a fantasy novel.
But there’s some things I can’t get over:
- Celaena’s entitlement. She’s a spoiled little bitch. And totally vain to boot. She thinks she’s better than everyone when there’s nothing to suggest that she’s any better than the spoiled brat she’s shown to be. Which brings me to my second point…
- Celaena’s lack of killing anyone. She’d rather knock them out, for all her petty, bloodthirsty thoughts. How is that being the world’s best assassin? You can’t just TELL me she’s a kick-ass assassin, you have to SHOW me. Good lord, this is really bad.
So I gave The Assassin and the Healer a go, because my lovely friend Bekka told me she actually kills people in this one.
- Except that most of the killing was off-page.
- It wasn’t assassination, it was murdering people because she was irritable and itching for a fight.
Half the story was told from the healer’s point of view so we knew just how beautifully tragic and beautiful and tragic darling Celaena was. Mustn’t forget how truly amazing and dangerous she is.
Fuck this. DNF.