Title: The Assassin's Blade (Throne of Glass #0.5) 

Author: Sarah J. Maas
Genre: Fantasy, Romance, YA
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Publication date: March 2014
Paperback: 448 pages


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.

 Rating ⭐⭐⭐

After debating whether I should read these novellas before diving into the series, I went with this book first and I'm so glad I did because these five short stories give so much insight into how Celena Celaena Sardothien' became Adarlan's most feared assassin and the events that landed her in Endovier. Being part of the Assassin's Guild, Celaena must show loyalty to Aerobyn Hamel. But although our heroine is a ruthless assassin, her heart is full of compassion for those in need of protection. She doesn't like to follow orders, and she doesn't trust easily. The only person who gains her full trust is her fellow assassin, Sam, who tries his best to protect Celaena every time she gets into trouble. The missions she embarks on take her to remote islands and a harsh desert, but that doesn't stop Celaena from risking her life to free slaves or takedown corrupt leaders. Nevertheless, going against Aerobyn's orders comes with a price, and eventually, she must face the consequences of her actions and prepare to suffer harsh punishment. 

I absolutely loved this book, it was action-packed and very emotional, and I'm really excited to dive into the main story.