These are well-written, captivating novellas, and I’m a big fan of reading them prior to starting THRONE OF GLASS, though I know I’m in the minority here. The majority of readers recommend you read book one and/or two before you visit these novellas, but I like reading this series best in chronological order, which starts with 0.1.
Now, that being said, if you are wanting to try out this series and aren’t quite sure, or aren’t a huge fantasy reader, please follow everyone else’s suggestion and start with book one (THRONE OF GLASS), as I don’t want to turn you off to the world before you even get to the first full book. I don’t think that will happen, but since some people prefer full length novels, this is definitely a non-traditional approach to entering the world.
These 5 novellas are all captivating in their own ways. They introduce characters and locations that you don’t have the opportunity to see right away if you start with book one. Also, each novella has a purpose, with a clear beginning, middle, and end, so it’s not like some novellas you read where nothing really happens other than following around a favorite character. Each has its own purpose and story, but they combine nicely into one novel, which sets you up for what you’re going to read when you crack open THRONE OF GLASS. In fact, some of Celaena’s backstory is so key to who she is at the start of book one, that it really helps me to understand her and her choices. She’s all wrath and hard edges, and while I enjoy that, I especially appreciate understanding why.
If you are a fan of this series and haven’t yet tried the novellas (gasp!), then you are really missing out.
Book 364 read in 2018