| BOOK REVIEW | THE ASSASSIN’S BLADE BY SARAH J. MAAS

The Assassin's BladeAssassin’s Blade
Author : Sarah J. Maas
Series : Throne Of Glass
Genres : Fantasy, Young Adult
Publication : March 3rd 2015 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens (first published March 4th 2014)

This is the novellas’ bind up about Celeana Sardothien’s life prior to Throne Of Glass.

Synopsis : Celaena Sardothien is her kingdom’s most feared assassin. Though she works for the powerful and ruthless Assassin’s Guild, Celaena yields to no one and trusts only her fellow killer for hire, Sam.When Celaena’s scheming master, Arobynn Hamel, dispatches her on missions that take her from remote islands to hostile deserts, she finds herself acting independently of his wishes–and questioning her own allegiance. Along the way, she makes friends and enemies alike, and discovers that she feels far more for Sam than just friendship. But by defying Arobynn’s orders, Celaena risks unimaginable punishment, and with Sam by her side, he is in danger, too. They will have to risk it all if they hope to escape Arobynn’s clutches–and if they fail, they’ll lose not just a chance at freedom, but their lives . . .A prequel to Throne of Glass, this collection of five novellas offers readers a deeper look into the history of this cunning assassin and her enthralling–and deadly–world.Included in this volume: “The Assassin and the Pirate Lord””The Assassin and the Healer””The Assassin and the Desert””The Assassin and the Underworld””The Assassin and the Empire”.

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It’s a bind up of 5 novellas about Celeana Sardothien, her past as Adarlan’s assassin. How she became the Celeana from Throne Of Glass.

I was glad to see the events that forged her ! In my opinion, these novellas are important to understand some of her reactions ! Her relationship with Sam was cute to witness, to see how it changed.
But her relationship with Arobynn Hamel is also an important one. They have a special and awkward bond. Maybe we’ll witness their confrontation in a future book ? I would love to read about it !!!

If you can learn to endure pain, you can survive anything. Some people learn to embrace it- to love it. Some endure it through drowning it in sorrow, or by making themselves forget. Others turn it into anger.

The Celeana from the past is even cockier than what she is “nowadays”. She really is stubborn, sure of herself, arrogant and so sure of herself and her amazing skills.

Arobynn is just like I imagined him. Cruel, possessive and remorseless. He is such an exclusive guy !! It’s his Celeana and won’t share her. It’s his heir.

Sam is an awesome character, somehow softhearted and kind despite his job.

She was fire, she was darkness, she was dust and blood and shadow.

And now for the rating :

  • The Assassin And The Pirate Lord : 5 stars
    It’s what begins all the following events.
  • The Assassin And The Healer : 3.5 stars
    It’s not the most important or interesting one ! Except if we cross path again with this healer.
  • The Assassin And The Desert : 5 stars
    It’s an important one to understand why she is that skilled.
  • The Assassin And The Underworld : 4 stars
    The start of Celeana’s hellish journey.
  • The Assassin And The Empire : 5 stars
    This one tells what happened right before she went to Endovier.

There was no way in hell she was going to move to the southern continent without all of her books.

5 stars

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About the author

Sarah J. Maas

Sarah J. Maas is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Throne of Glass series (Queen of Shadows, Book 4, will be out in September 2015), as well as the A Court of Thorns and Roses series (out 5/5/15).

Sarah lives in Bucks County, PA, and over the years, she has developed an unhealthy appreciation for Disney movies and bad pop music. She adores fairy tales and ballet, drinks too much tea, and watches an ungodly amount of TV. When she’s not busy writing, she can be found exploring the historic and beautiful Pennsylvania countryside with her husband and canine companion.

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10 thoughts on “| BOOK REVIEW | THE ASSASSIN’S BLADE BY SARAH J. MAAS

      1. Well, I argue that she’s never truly broken. If she had been I don’t think she’d have made it out of Endovier. But, I do like that you get to see that even when she was Adarlan’s assassin she had a strong moral code.

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        1. Good point ! But she was never the same after Sam’s awful death. In my opinion she survived the year in Endovier bc she was partly broken. She was… empty. Nothing was able to hurt her that much. Just my opinion of course !!!
          And yeah I agree for her moral code !

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  1. Mmmm just wait for more Arobynn! These novellas are absolutely perfect for the most recent two books! I love how it shows that Celaena does have a past and that’s she effected by this. In a lot of YA fantasies, the protagonists life seems to start with the adventure but Celaena’s doesn’t.

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