Review: The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J. Maas

Title: The Assassin’s Blade
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Published: 4th March 2014
Rating: ★★★★★

Summary: 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 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.

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I’m a huge fan of Sarah J Maas’s writing, and I adore both the Throne of Glass and A Court of Thorns and Roses series so I was very excited to get my hands on this. I’m not usually a big fan of short stories but I still enjoyed these novellas. This was because each short story in this book followed on from the previous one. Every story connected to the next so reading this was like reading any other novel.

Sarah J Maas’s writing is as good and as intricate as ever, which I love. The worlds she creates are amazing and complicated and I instantly find myself lost in them. This books allows us to glimpse further into Celaena’s life and experiences. Knowing the events that lead up to the beginning of Throne of Glass is bittersweet. I’ve always wanted to learn more about Celaena’s past but it’s sad knowing how this book will end. Many more locations in Erilea are explored in these novellas, my favourite being the Red Desert where the Silent Assassin’s reside.

I love Celaena Sardothien. She’s a girly character who is very capable of kicking some ass. She’s established herself as being brilliant, the best, at what she does in a male dominated field. However, one thing that annoys me about Celaena, especially in this book, is how impulsive she is. She makes reckless and stupid decisions without considering the outcome. I know that this is part of her personality but the consequences of many of her choices were very serious but easily avoidable. Some parts of this book were frustrating to read for this reason.

This story introduces us to Celaena’s first love Sam Cortland who is a fellow brave assassin. Sam and Celaena’s relationship blossoms in this book and the two make a cute couple. More background information on Arobynn Hamel, the leader of the Assassin’s guild, is also revealed in this story which confirmed most of my suspicions about his character.

All in all, reading this book was enjoyable and I highly recommend picking this up if you’ve read the rest of the Throne of Glass series. These novellas are set prior to the events in the initial book in the series however it’s not crucial to read The Assassin’s Blade first.


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