Published by A&C Black on 2014
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Celaena Sardothien is Adarlan's most feared assassin. As part of the Assassins' Guild, her allegiance is to her master, Arobynn Hamel, yet Celaena listens to no one and trusts only her fellow killer-for-hire, Sam. In these action-packed prequel novellas - together in one edition for the first time - Celaena embarks on five daring missions. They take her from remote islands to hostile deserts, where she fights to liberate slaves and seeks to avenge the tyrannous. But she is acting against Arobynn's orders and could suffer an unimaginable punishment for such treachery . . . Explore the dark underworld of this kick-ass heroine and find out how the legend begins in the five page-turning prequel novellas to the New York Times bestselling Throne of Glass series.
“The Assassin’s Blade” by Sarah J Maas was intense. Over the end of summer I participated in the #readthroneofglass read-along. This is my first time reading the “Throne of Glass” series and I was getting ready for “Queen of Shadows”. It is definitely an understatement saying I was addicted right away. It was more like obsessed. Where have I been this entire time? This series is amazing. I started with “Throne of Glass” first and then read “The Assassin’s Blade” second which was a little bit out-of-order for the read-along. I wanted to know what I was getting myself into frist. I immediately ordered this book after starting “Throne of Glass” and in addition “Crown of Midnight”. See obsessed?
I really like how Maas took the reader back to see how Celaena ended up where she was and why she felt the way she did. With everything that girl has gone through, I don’t blame her for not wanting to let anyone in. Even when it came to Sam. Oh Sam. That is such a complete heartbreak. Each novella took the reader to a different part of Celaena’s journey to how she ended up in Endovier. This is one kick-ass girl. I admire Celaena for her journey. It takes a very strong person to endure the burdens and tasks that she has.
I really like when authors write novellas because I feel like it gives the reader a little bit more of the characters back ground and why they made the decisions that ended up getting them to where they are at or it feels a space where something was missing in the novel. It fills in the missing information. I really liked “The Assassin’s Blade”. It let me get to know Celaena better as the main character. I feel like I was given a chance to get to know the other characters much better also.