Source: Kindle Purchase (for $.99 on Amazon)
Publication Date: Jan. 2012
Short Synopsis (Goodreads): A Throne of Glass novella.
On a remote island in a tropical sea, Celaena Sardothien, feared assassin, has come for retribution. She’s been sent by the Assassin’s Guild to collect on a debt they are owed by the Lord of the Pirates. But when Celaena learns that the agreed payment is not in money, but in slaves, her mission suddenly changes—and she will risk everything to right the wrong she’s been sent to bring about.
Author/ Books tidbits: Pinterest page for Throne of Glass, stunning images that really help make the story come to life even more in my head...and more excited for what is to come!
My Review: I had first heard about the actual novel on NetGalley. The cover was alright, but when I actually read the synopsis (assassins? Game of thrones? Yes please!) I knew I wanted to read it. When I found out that there were several novellas leading up to the actual novel, I was a bit hesitant. Come to find out that these are like novels themselves!
Let me explain, sometimes the extras for a book are just that, extras that got cut, for good reason, but they want to have something to draw people in but there is no depth to it, etc. Not so with these novellas! They read just like a regular book and are all longer than 50 pages! It's a fantastic introduction to the world that Ms. Maas has created and I'm excited to see what else is in store.
Thought I must admit that while this isn't perfect, it is very engaging. Celaena is a bit annoying and full of herself and while she does have skills I'm still not seeing how she has the reputation that she does. HOWEVER, I think this sets things up nicely for her character to progress and mature and I think that she will become quite a good protagonist as things move on.
I appreciate this introduction to Celaena and other characters in the TOG world. I'm eager to start the actual series, and wonder how others will know as much if they don't read this novellas.
Don't be one of those people! Read these novellas!