Title: The Assassin’s Blade
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Publish Date: March 4, 2014
# of Pages: 448
(**Warning** Possible spoilers)
(From Goodreads) Celaena Sardothien is Adarlan’s most feared assassin. As part of the Assassin’s 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 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. Will Celaena ever be truly free? Explore the dark underworld of this kick-ass heroine to find out.
The Assassin’s Blade is a collection of five novellas, which serve as a prequel to the remaining Throne of Glass novels.
This was the only Sarah J. Maas book I hadn’t read! I’m usually lukewarm about novellas–I prefer the full-length novels–which is why it took me so long to read The Assassin’s Blade. Honestly though, the novellas worked, and I loved them! It really helped to round out Celaena’s story, and it helped shed light on some of the plots that are mentioned in passing in the full-length novels.
I really enjoy Celaena’s character–she’s brash, selfish, arrogant, but yet sensitive and caring all in one package. I think the novellas really played up these character traits, especially in her quest to liberate slaves. She’s an interesting character with many contrasts.
I also liked reading more about Sam, Celaena’s first love interest. While ultimately Sam’s stubbornness and pride get him killed, he was a very sweet character that balanced out some of the prickly edges of Celaena’s character.
If you’re like me and don’t typically get excited about novellas, give this collection a try. I enjoyed it immensely. Of course now I’m even more eager for Maas to release the next book in this series . . .
“Where do men find it in themselves to do such monstrous things? How do they find it acceptable?”
“The music broke her apart and put her back together, only to rend her asunder again and again.”
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