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The Assassin’s Blade (Throne of Glass Prequels 1-5) by Sarah J. Maas

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The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J Maas

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In Order: The Assassin and the Pirate Lord, The Assassin and the Healer, The Assassin and the Desert, The Assassin and the Underworld, and The Assassin and of the Empire.

About: Celaena Sardothien is an assassin in training, she’s the best, even though she’s only sixteen. In these novels we get to meet her, as well as a cast of other characters who will appear in later on in the Throne of Glass series. We also get to see the glimpse of the world that Celaena lives in. And how she ends up going to the Salt Mines. 

Overall, this is a good set of stories that introduce the reader to the world of Throne of Glass and Celaena Sardothien. We see how she came to be an assassin, some of her adventures, and how she ends up in the mines of Endovier. The stories are well written and interesting, but some of them don’t seem to be that relevant. They tie together in a nice arc, documenting Celaena’s downfall, but on their own they’re kind of pointless. Honestly, this could have been a book of it’s own. I do think that reading these stories would be beneficial before starting Throne of Glass, or maybe after the first book, but only if you’re really set on reading the entire series. I think the books explain Celaena’s character a lot and make her more likable.

Individual Reviews Under the Cut

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The Realms of the Gods (The Immortals 4) by Tamora Pierce

The Realms of the Gods (The Immortals 4) by Tamora Pierce

Brief Summary: During a battle against immortal monsters, Daine and Numair are sucked into the divine realms, when Daine nearly dies. They are needed back home because the battle against Ozorne is not going well, but that may not be easy. But at least Daine finds out her parentage, and gains valuable friends and allies in the war they’re currently losing. This is the fourth and final book in The Immortals Quartet.

Read my review for the first book Wild Magicthe second book Wolf-Speaker, and third book Emperor Mage.

A great finish to the series!

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Emperor Mage (The Immortals 3) by Tamora Pierce

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Emperor Mage (The Immortals 3) by Tamora Pierce

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Brief Summary: Daine and Numair are part of the diplomatic delegation that goes to Carthak to try to make peace between them and Tortall. Dealing with a dangerous, finicky emperor is hard enough, but when Carthak’s goddess starts meddling and using Daine as a vessel and signs of ill omens begin to appear all over Carthak, it becomes clear peacemaking peace between two nations on the brink of war may not be easy. This is a third book in The Immortals quartet.

Read my review for the first book Wild Magic and the second book Wolf-Speaker.

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Wolf-Speaker (The Immortals 2) by Tamora Pierce

Wolf-Speaker (The Immortals 2) by Tamora Pierce

Brief Summary: The wolf pack that Daine once ran with send for her help, the valley that they’re living in is being destroyed by humans. When Daine and Numair answer the call for help, they discover that things are more sinister than they seem, and that the entire kingdom may be in trouble. This is a second book in The Immortals quartet.

Read my review for the first book: Wild Magic.

Possible Mild Spoilers.

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Wild Magic (The Immortals 1) by Tamora Pierce

Wild Magic (The Immortals 1) by Tamora Pierce

Brief Summary: Daine has an uncanny ability to understand and speak to animals. But she realizes it’s so much more when she winds up in Tortall after being forced to leave her home. Daine makes new friends, who help her discover her special type of magic, just when the monsters who’ve been imprisoned in the Divine Realms return to Tortall.

The Immortals series is set in the same world as Song of the Lioness quartet and a further extension of Tortall universe, set nine years later.  

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The one thing I noticed immediately was the drastic improvement in Tamora Pierce’s writing from the Song of the Lioness series. While a bit dense with detail sometimes, the writing can breathe now without summarizing important details. So, if you’re one of the people who wasn’t quite sold on Tamora Pierce or Tortall with the first series, I definitely recommend you read the Immortals before giving up.

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Lioness Rampant (Song of the Lioness) by Tamora Pierce

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Lioness Rampant (Song of the Lioness 4) by Tamora Pierce

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Brief Summary: Alanna doesn’t quite know what to do with herself, having achieved everything she’s ever wished for. She decides to go find the Dominion Jewel, which she hopes will prove that she deserves to be a knight to the people, and help her fix her relationship with Jon. But being away for so long, she doesn’t know—until it’s too late, that her brother has brought back her worst enemy from the grave.

Read my reviews for the First Bookthe Second Book , and the Third Book.

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The Woman Who Rides Like a Man (Song of the Lioness 3) by Tamora Pierce

The Woman Who Rides Like a Man (Song of the Lioness 3) by Tamora Pierce

Brief Summary: Third Book in a Series. Alanna decides to leave court and Tortall to let things simmer down after her big reveal, and go adventuring meanwhile. She gets as far as the desert of the Bazhir, when she is captured by the tribesmen and becomes an important part of their tribe. 

Read my reviews for the First Book and the Second Book in the series.

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In the Hand of the Goddess (Song of the Lioness 2) by Tamora Pierce

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In the Hand of the Goddess (Song of the Lioness 2) by Tamora Pierce

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Brief Summary: Alanna has become a squire with her identity as a girl still a secret, to Prince Jonathan, no less. But with her knighthood in reach, and after years of pretending to be a man, Alanna decides to time to remember what’s it’s like to be a woman. Including, the hardest task of all, set to her by the Goddess herself, to learn how to love and accept love. Oh, and defeat the evil sorcerer trying to kill the royal family in the meantime.

Read my review for the first book in the series, Alanna: The First Adventure.

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The Song of the Lioness quartet continues with In the Hand of the Goddess. In which Alanna’s greatest task it to learn how to love and how to accept love. It’s also a very much a coming of age story. Alanna is now a teenager and she’s on her way to becoming a woman, but having pretended to be a man for so long, she sets about learning how to be a girl again. Learning how to accept love isn’t easy either. Not when you think you have to chose between personal freedom and man, and Alanna isn’t about to risk everything she’s fought for for a man.

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Alanna: The First Adventure (Song of the Lioness 1) by Tamora Pierce

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Alanna: The First Adventure (Song of the Lioness 1) by Tamora Pierce

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Brief Summary: Alanna wants nothing more than to be a knight, the problem is that girls don’t become knights. Lucky for her she has a twin brother, Thom, who want to learn magic and nothing to do with fighting. So, when their absent father decides to ship them off to their respective schools, Alanna and Thom switch places. She trains harder, tries better, and is willing to do whatever it takes to become a warrior maiden, and she isn’t about to let being a girl stop her or shame her.

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I could go on about my love for Tamora Pierce for hours, she’s the one that taught me that girls can be heroes. Alanna is the first heroine I’ve encountered that not only did thing that are usually reserved for boys, but she did not let being a girl shame her. She knew she was just as capable as any boy and even better if she just trained and worked at it hard enough, and it pays off.

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Overall, however, I feel that it’s a great start to the greatest fantasy series.

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Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (HP 2) by J.K. Rowling

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