The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J. Maas
Our Rating: 5.5
Goodreads Rating: 4.51
This Book in a Song: Miss Missing You by Fall Out Boy, Wonderland by Taylor Swift
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.
The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J. Maas is a collection of 5 novellas about Celaena Sardothien before we meet her in the Throne of Glass. In these novellas we learn so much more about Sam Cortland. Sam was always 2nd to the all-notorious Celaena although they grew up training and competing against each other. Celaena was the favorite of Arobynn, the King of Assassins.
The novellas included are:
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.
The Assassin and the Pirate Lord was a good novella to set the scene of the whole book and really captivated me. The second novella was much slower paced. At first I thought it was not necessary, but we see a side of Celaena that is not the killer you’d think her to be. It definitely picks up in The Assassin and the Desert. My favorite novellas were probably The Assassin and the Underworld and The Assassin and the Empire. Although we know what happens, this book really made me very emotional. I read this in between reading the Crown of Midnight and the Heir of Fire. At the time I was in a Throne of Glass slump, which was really making me sad. After reading the Assassin’s Blade I realized how much I love the world that Sarah J. Maas has so vividly created and got right back into reading the Heir of Fire. (Which was amazing by the way!)