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Prequel novella 1: The Assassin and the Pirate Lord – 3 stars
Prequel novella 2: The Assassin and the Desert – 4 stars
Prequel novella 3: The Assassin and the Underworld – 3.5 stars
Prequel novella 4: The Assassin and the Empire – 3.5 stars
The actual novel: Throne of Glass – 3.5 stars
WARNING! It’s actually impossible to review the book without some of the stuff in the prequel novellas being spoiled – hence if you want to go in completely blank as to what’s going to happen in these stories, you may want to read the review after you’ve read the various stories.
Celeana Sardothien is the world’s most notorious assassin at the tender age of 18. She’s also been a slave in the salt mines of Endovier for a year, after being captured by the ruthless king of Adarlan. The prequel novellas give the back story of how Celeana was found orphaned at the age of 8 and trained as the heir to the King of the Assassins in Rifthold, how she realised that her best interests were no longer in being a member of his guild and went on to buy her freedom and that of her fellow assassin Sam, and how she was set up and betrayed, losing her freedom, while Sam lost his life.
After a year of grueling work in the mines, Celeana is given an offer she cannot refuse. The King is holding a competition to find a new Champion, and Crown Prince Dorian, in an attempt to piss off his dear old dad, picks the most famous assassin in the country. If Celeana beats the other 21 candidates and wins, she will receive a full pardon, serve as King’s Champion for four years, and then be completely free, to do as she wishes. More on my blog.