I wish I read the novellas before Throne of Glass or at least before I started reading the second book and then decided to abandon the series. They provide so much insight into Celaena’s character and basically fill in all the blanks that put me off the books.
The novellas give a huge understanding to Celaena’s outlook on life and personality, basically explaining her jaded and nonchalant attitude. I’m still frustrated by it, but I understand it a bit more now now. However, as there are so many books in the series, I don’t like how you need to read an additional four or five prequels just to understand the main character.
The best part of the novellas is that we finally get to meet Sam Cortland. It’s almost weird being introduced to him as the memory of him is such a bit part of the series. I loved him from the first glance. This novella started off and bored me at first, but then Sam and Celaena’s chemistry clicked, and I couldn’t put it down. Also, Sam is described in such a beautiful way:
“Sam smiled, his brown eyes turning golden in the dawn. It was such a Sam look, the twinkle of mischief, the hint of exasperation, the kindness that would always, always make him a better person than she was.”
“Embracing Sam was different, somehow. Like she wanted to curl into his warmth, like for one moment, she didn’t have to worry about anything or anybody.”