Monday, January 28, 2019

62 Thoughts I Had While Re-Reading The Assassin's Blade by Sarah J. Maas

Release Date: March 4, 2014
from Bloomsbury Childrens
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"Contains all five novellas.

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 Thoughts:

1. Spoilers for the entire series in this post! I mean it… big spoilers!
2. The Assassin and the Pirate Lord
3. It’s always crazy to me how much was set up early on. Like these were supposed to be novellas to meet Celaena and see her assassin life, but in the first one we meet Rolfe who ends up being a huge part of their victory later.
4. I will forever not get how people say Celaena was so selfish and Aelin wasn’t… this about the girl who almost single handedly destroyed an island to free slaves.
5. Clearly whenever Celaena loves someone she will first start out arguing with them… her and Sam really go at it in this novella.
6. “Intricate pommel shaped like a sea dragons head” so much laid out so early.
7. “Nervous?” “No.” “Me too.” – Sam knew her so well!
8. “Sam couldn’t be so stupid that he'd get himself killed.” – ahh Celaena, showing love in such unconventional ways.
9. Even at 16, Celaena was pretty good at this planning stuff.
10. The Assassin and the Healer
12. Man, how amazing is it that this tiny character from a tiny novella came back to be such a force.
14. Arobynn raised Celaena, but still didn’t know her well enough to know that the moment he punished her for freeing those slaves was the moment he truly lost her.
15. It kills me how long it took Celaena to finally come around to Sam and then how short their time is together.
16. “This girl was wildfire” SUCH FORESHADOWING
17. I love these Yrene and Celaena moments so much more now.
18. Celaena gives Yrene tons of gold to follow her dreams… again I’ll never listen to those who say Celaena was selfish. Being confident in yourself and your abilities is not selfishness.
19. A tug! And Celaena tugged back!
20. “Prayed that somehow years from now Yrene Towers would return to this continent and maybe, just maybe, heal this shattered world a little bit.” OH SHE DOES DON’T WORRY.
21. The Assassin and the Desert
22. You know, back in the early days, she always made a point to think of herself as Celaena Sardothien and did so frequently and with the full name. Almost like she was reminding herself she was Celaena now. In hindsight, it’s an interesting thing to notice.
23. Ahh Ansel.
24. Arobynn is so cruel.
25. And poor Sam… having to watch Arobynn beat Celaena when he loves her.
26. And there we have our quick lesson on Crochans and Ironteeth…  two books before we ever meet Manon.
28. Also- only the greatest warrior could kill a spider and my boy Dorian does!
29. Ansel’s backstory is very good foreshadowing of what is to come for Celaena once she reclaims her identity.
30. Such a mistake sending Celaena to train with the mute master… she saw how much better things could be… altered her perception of how Arobynn has to behave
31. It’s no wonder Celaena has trust issues… every time she trusts someone in her formative years they betray her… Sam is the exception. The fact that she still learns to trust later on is a miracle, but also explains why she never shares her plans fully.
32. The Assassin and the Underworld
33. Arobynn is such a skeeze ball
34. Lysandra!
35. Sam and Celaena *sobs*
36. Sam and the music notes
37. Arobynn gave her gift after gift, but none of them could touch the one Sam got for her.
38. Oh hey there Dorian and Chaol
39. “I have no name. I am whoever the keepers of my fate tell me to be.” Oh man Celaena you don’t know how right you are.
40. I’ll forever love Celaena and Sam and forever be heartbroken over it.
41. Like I love Rowan and know that’s where she was always going, but damn this still breaks my heart because Sam was so good.
42. Lysandra and Celaena kill me here… they could have been such good friends for so long but Arobynn pitted them against one another.
43. Ugh Arobynn is so damn manipulative.
44. “Because I’d pick you.” *sobs*
45. Oh man. That oath… I’m so glad she keeps it. Sam deserves vengeance.
46. Ahh the spider silk… she gave Sam the spider silk *cries forever and ever*
47. This was so cruel of Arobynn… manipulating Celaena into killing someone trying to undermine the King and the slave trade.
48. Gods. Poor Lysandra.
49. I cannot wait for her to kill Arobynn. I. Cant. Wait.
50. The Assassin and the Empire
51. Oh gods. I am not ready for this novella. I’m never ready for this novella.
52. I will say it forever… AROBYNN IS THE WORST
53. Gods this killed me. They were both played so well.
54. But what I love about this series is that Celaena learned from her mistakes. She was played so well here and in previous novellas by Arobynn. But she learned from those mistakes and grew and then she became the one making plans that  knocked everyone on their ass.
55. “My name is Sam Cortland and I will not be afraid.” I love that she carries this with her forever.
56. “She wanted to burn this place into nothing but ashes.” Celaena always keeping her promises.
57. What they do to Sam is so terrible… just… so so terrible.
58. I just wish Celaena had taken her time with Arobynn. He got off easy for what he did. Not just to Sam but to her.
59. Arobynn played a risky game betting the king wouldn’t recognize her for who she really is.
60. The hint of pine and snow.
61. “She would tuck Sam into her heart, a bright light for her to take out when things are darkest.”
62. “My name is Celaena Sardothien and I will not be afraid.”

Wrap Up:
Forever broken by these novellas. I adore them so much but what happens to Sam and Celaena always kills me.

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