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Contains all five novellas. 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 Contains all five novellas. 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.

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30 review for The Assassin's Blade

  1. 5 out of 5

    Jesse (JesseTheReader)

    I loved this! I'll have a review of this on the channel soon. :)

  2. 4 out of 5

    Lyanna (I need a Herondale in life)

    Want to be updated on everything Throne of Glass? Visit the Throne of Glass fansite! CHAOL OR DORIAN? SAM CORTLAND, BICHES. I did not expect anything when I bought this book. All I knew was that it was a collection of five novellas that transpired before the events of Throne of Glass, and I'm reading it to make the wait for Heir of Fire more bearable. I especially did not expect to resemble a certain sponge after reading: The fact that Sarah J. Maas was able to break my heart with five novellas scare Want to be updated on everything Throne of Glass? Visit the Throne of Glass fansite! CHAOL OR DORIAN? SAM CORTLAND, BICHES. I did not expect anything when I bought this book. All I knew was that it was a collection of five novellas that transpired before the events of Throne of Glass, and I'm reading it to make the wait for Heir of Fire more bearable. I especially did not expect to resemble a certain sponge after reading: The fact that Sarah J. Maas was able to break my heart with five novellas scares me, a lot. Throne of Glass is a six-book series and as of now (June 2014) there are only 2 books published, she has 4 more books which is a lot of time in the author world coming out and with the potential she's shown so far, I think I need to start packing up on tissues. Speaking of which, Ms. Maas, I have a gift for you: If you want to prepare for this book then read the Survival Guide to Assassin's Blade! Between these novellas and Throne of Glass, I'd say these give Celaena more justice. My favourite between the five would be Assasin and the Empire because of Sam Cortland and of course, the plot, the writing etc., but mostly Sam Cortland. Oh Sam *dreamy eyes* He blew my mind away and stole my heart in the process. Sam, I am rooting for you even if *cough* you know *cough* I'm still rooting for you! TO CELAENA AND SAM: THAT ENDING: WHY? WHY?! Why Sarah J. Maas? Sarah J. Maas, that was cruel. Absolutely cruel.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Angela

    This review will be a little different from my others for several reasons. This is a series we are way too deep into for me to go over each character or plot. I won’t me writing a super detailed review for each one, just a small summary, my favorite quote, and the rating. The Assassin's Blade is a bind up of five novellas for the Throne of Glass Series. I’m just going to say this right way... I wish I would have read this right after Throne of Glass. I wish I wouldn't have waited till I was four This review will be a little different from my others for several reasons. This is a series we are way too deep into for me to go over each character or plot. I won’t me writing a super detailed review for each one, just a small summary, my favorite quote, and the rating. The Assassin's Blade is a bind up of five novellas for the Throne of Glass Series. I’m just going to say this right way... I wish I would have read this right after Throne of Glass. I wish I wouldn't have waited till I was four books in to pick this up. This book would have changed the way I viewed this series, and I mean that in the best way. These stories changed the way I see Celaena ,answered both little and big questions I had, and ultimately decided whose "team" I'm on... but I'll get to that part in a few. These stories cover everything from young Celaena up until the point she ends up at Endovier (a salt mine prison). The Assassin and the Pirate Lord- 10/10 Celaena is sent with Sam to meet up with a Pirate Lord (obviously) to set up a deal for her boss. This is the first time we really get too see her and Sam actually interact. If you’ve read any of the other books, even just the first, then you know how sassy Celaena is and we get a look into why she is this way. Especially towards Sam. We get to see how she got her start, and how their relationship actually started. I know we’ve heard bits a pieces in the other books, but these start filling in all the cracks. After a twist in the plan is presented the two they have to deceive what path they want to take, and pick whose side they are going to be on. Favorite Quote: “You want my advice?” he asked her. “No.” “I’d watch my back around Sam. You might be the best, Sardothien, but there’s always someone waiting for you to slip.” Sam, the traitorous bastard, didn’t hide his smirk. The other pirate captains chuckled. Celaena stared hard at Rolfe… “You want my advice?” He waved a hand, beckoning her to go on. “Mind your own business.” The Assassin and the Healer- 9/10After returning home from her mission with the Pirate Lord she is sent to the Red Deseret. This is where she will spend her summer as punishment. Before arriving to the Red Desert she is stuck in a small town waiting for her boat to arrive the next day. She finds herself helping a barmaid and teaching her how to defend herself. This was my least favorite story in the book. I also believe it is the shortest one. I didn’t hate it; it just didn’t have the same effect on me the other ones did. I didn’t feel like it gave me as much. I did like that it had a lot of the bitter angry Celaena that I love so much. Favorite Quote: “Let me give you a bit of advice, from one working girl to another: Life isn’t easy, no matter where you are. You’ll make choices you think are right, and then suffer for them.” The Assassin and the Desert- 10/10 Celaena finally arrives at the Red Desert to spend the summer training with the Mute Master as punishment. While she is there she has to go through a Kill Bill style training to redeem a letter from the master before she can return back to the Guild. While there we learn how she got to be as good as she is, how she is starting to feel for Sam, and we get to hear about the “first real” friend she’s ever made. This is the story that I feel lays down the foundation for why Celaena became the softer version of herself that we have all grown to love so much. Think this is where she goes from villain to something more. Some might disagree or think it happened at some other point, and some might think it hasn’t happened at all. Favorite Quote: “Go to Hell” Ansel chuckled “I’ve been to Hell.” The Assassin and the Underworld- 10/10 Celaena is back from the desert and ready distract herself from owning up to her feeling. Not just the feelings she has for Sam but towards everything. She decides throwing herself fully into a mission is the best way to do this. The Underworld was the biggest surprise read to me. Out of all five this one was my favorite. Everything finally clicks, things really starts happening, and everything we’ve been waiting for is slammed into us. This story will always have a special place in my heart, and in this series. The best part is we get so much Sam and Celaena time. I thought that the last story was going to be the one that choked me up, but this is the novella that got me. I was sneak reading at work and had to cry on the inside like a winner. So many feels. Favorite Quote: “and from today onward, I want to never be separated from you. Where you go, I go. Even if that means going to Hell itself, where you are, that’s where I want to be. Forever.” The Assassin and the Empire- 10/10 If you’ve read even just the first few chapters of Throne of Glass, then you already know what is going to happen in this story… I would like to say that you’ll be ready for it… but I won’t lie. You won’t be. This story has everything in it. The emotions, the fighting, the betrayal, the answers about what really happened to Sam that terrible evening, and how Celaena ultimately got caught. This story will break you. Second favorite in this bind up. Favorite Quotes: “Deep down, she said, “I’m a coward.” His brows rose. “I’m a coward,” she repeats “And I’m scared. I’m scared all the time. Always.” “I am Celaena Sardothien… and I will not be afraid.” This book had me laughing, crying, swearing, praying, and completed me. I thought it would help with the pain of waiting for book five, but all it did was make me crave it even more. I love Celaena, she is my favorite literary female. She falls in this area of being a villain and being a hero. She is everything I want from my leading lady. She is fire and smoke. She is hard and soft. Loving, strong, and weak. She is changing the game... I thank Sarah J every day for this series. I finally want to end this long review with these two statements: (this isn’t a spoiler it’s just my theory) I in no way shape or form believe Sam is dead. I might be in denial but I just don’t. I think the biggest twist in this series will be that he is still alive. Also for the question I left hanging at the beginning of this; whose team am I on… Thought it was Rowan, but then again something always felt like it was missing. That’s because Sam is what was missing. I am officially and 100% on Team Sam. If he really really isn’t around, then I want Celaena to stand on her own. This series is phenomenal. READ THIS REVIEW AND OTHERS OVER ON OUR BLOG: SBSR SBSR SBSR SBSR SBSR SBSR SBSR SBSR SBSR

  4. 5 out of 5

    Catriona (LittleBookOwl)

    I really enjoyed this! Some stories I liked more than others, but it was nice to see what happened to Celaena leading up to Throne of Glass. I would have liked to have seen more of her when she was younger and training, though. Now, on to rereading Throne of Glass!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Whitney Atkinson

    i dont want to talk about my feelings right now i need a couple weeks to process this

  6. 4 out of 5

    Virginia Ronan ♥ Herondale ♥

    ”My name is Celaena Sardothien,” she whispered, “and I will not be afraid.” So here’s the thing: I read “Throne of Glass” at the beginning of the year but never continued with the series, because back then I just didn’t have the necessary time to read all that much. Well, and then I met Gemma on goodreads and we decided to read the entire series as a buddy read. ;-) So far so good! Said and done! Still, before I re-read “Throne of Glass” I wanted to read “The Assassin’s Blade” because I already knew ”My name is Celaena Sardothien,” she whispered, “and I will not be afraid.” So here’s the thing: I read “Throne of Glass” at the beginning of the year but never continued with the series, because back then I just didn’t have the necessary time to read all that much. Well, and then I met Gemma on goodreads and we decided to read the entire series as a buddy read. ;-) So far so good! Said and done! Still, before I re-read “Throne of Glass” I wanted to read “The Assassin’s Blade” because I already knew that the five novellas play before the book and ToG was full of references to Celaena’s time before Endovier! ;-) In short: It got me damn, freaking curious! XD I already knew I was in for a heartbreak! And my naïve me decided that she’d survive it! That it couldn’t be that bad, that it would be okay! I mean I already knew what would happen, so how could it hurt? See, that’s where I made my mistake! I was prepared and yet I still wasn’t able to anticipate how much this would actually hurt! I certainly wasn’t prepared for THIS kind of pain!!! And now I’m desperately trying to glue my heart together, thinking of Sam… gentle, sweet and caring Sam!! I can’t even…. T_T Well, I guess what my rather deranged mind is trying to tell you, is that I really loved this book! Every single story, every moment that formed Celaena into the person she’s become!!! I freaking love Celaena Sardothien and by now I feel like her pain is my own!!! <3333 The plot: There are five novellas in this book an every single story is so carefully woven that you can’t help but have to get lost in it! I enjoyed them immensely and even though the first two stories weren’t all that exceptional they still contributed to the overall plot! ;-) I won’t go into detail until I reach my characters section, also known as “The Spoiler Zone”, but for those of you who are afraid to read the entire book because they know what’s going to happen and don’t want to be heartbroken here’s a little tip: (view spoiler)[You can read the first four novellas without regret! Sam’s still alive until the last story!!! Just thought I’d let you know! ;-P (hide spoiler)] 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 characters: And here I go with the aforementioned “Spoiler Zone”! Beware and tread carefully!!! XD ”I can wait,” he said thickly, kissing her collarbone. “We have all the time in the world.” Celaena: ”She had made a powerful enemy of the Pirate Lord, and she was fairly certain she’d ruined her relationship with Arobynn, but she had been right. It was worth it; it would always be worth it, she told herself.” Oh my god!! I can’t even say how much I loved Celaena in this book! At first I thought her to be arrogant and spoiled, but the longer I read the more I began to see the real Celaena! XD Deep down within her she’s actually a very gentle and kind soul and no matter the consequences, she always opted to defend the weak! =)) Hell! She even freed 200 slaves that otherwise would have been doomed to a life in shackles and even though she always tried to live up to her reputation as Arobynn’s favourite assassin, she still knew the difference between right or wrong! I loved that she cried when she listened to the music in the theatre and I adored her for sparing Ansel’s life! This girl is amazing and it hurt so much to see her pain!! To experience what she felt when Sam died… At the end of the book she’s broken and nothing but an empty shell… and OH GOD did it hurt!!! T_T It hurt so much I can’t even put it into words… I want her to be happy again! I want her to laugh and to joke! I want her to tease Sam… I want her to feel alive again!!!!! T_T ”I suppose it depends on who is telling the story.” Ansel chuckled. “If Arobynn Hamel is telling the story, then yes, I suppose I did deserve it. I cost him a good deal of money – a kingdom’s worth of riches, probably. I was disobedient and disrespectful, and completely remorseless about what I did.” She didn’t break her stare, and Mikhail’s smile faltered. “But if the two hundred slaves that I freed are telling the story, then no, I suppose I didn’t deserve it.” For me this was probably one of the most powerful scenes in the entire book and gosh I still get goose bumps whenever I read it! XD Sam: ”Sam smiled, his brown eyes turning golden in the dawn. It was such a Sam look, the twinkle of mischief, the hint of exasperation, the kindness that would always, always make him a better person than she was.” This boy was such a precious cinnamon roll!!! I mean seriously!! Could he have been any cuter? Nope! I don’t think so!!! I loved how he cared about Celaena! That he loved her for years and never told her! That he wanted to protect her at all costs and that he despised Arobynn for what he did to her! But oh Sam!! My poor and precious Sam!!! He didn’t deserve to go like that!!! He didn’t deserve to be tortured just because Arobynn was jealous!!! And the way they tortured him… what he had to endure in those last hours of his life… Oh god!! I can’t even!! T_T It broke my heart… When Celaena found him and saw what Farrand had done to him… Gosh! I get sick thinking about it… Sam... it hurts… it hurts so much!!! T_T ”My price was his oath that he’d never lay a hand on you again. I told him I’d forgive him in exchange for that.” ”I love you,” he breathed against her mouth. “And from today onward, I want to never be separated from you. Wherever you go, I go. Even if that means going to Hell itself, wherever you are, that’s where I want to be. Forever.” Arobynn: ”Father, brother, lover – he’d never really declared himself any of them. Certainly not the lover part, though if Celaena had been another sort of girl, and if Arobynn had raised her differently, perhaps it might have come to that.” I WANT HIM TO ROT IN HELL!!!! Please someone tell me that he’s going to die for what he did to Celaena and Sam!!! Please someone tell me that he’s going to suffer in one of the next books, because I can’t live on if I know that he’ll never get his punishment!!! I HATE HIM WITH A FIERCE PASSION AND I WON’T REST UNTIL HE’S SIX FEET UNDER!!! ARGH! Just to think about him makes me so angry!! Who is he to do things like that?! To betray them the way he did?! To kill Sam just because he loved Celaena!? I hate you Arobynn!!! I despise you with all my heart! After another moment of quiet, he asked, “Why did you do it?” Arobynn’s attention drifted back to the wagon, already a small dot in the rolling foothills above Rifthold. “Because I don’t like sharing my belongings.” Ansel: ”Where do men find it in themselves to do such monstrous things? How do they find it acceptable?” I’m still torn when it comes to Ansel. I understand why she betrayed the Silent Master but I can’t forgive her for what she did. I really thought she’d become Celaena’s best friend, but then everything changed and I don’t know how I’m supposed to feel about her now. I really liked her, but the way she chose to deal with her problems was more than just wrong and I can’t help but wonder if she’ll make an appearance in the other books. If yes, I really hope that she managed to overcome her problems and was able to make peace with herself… ”He’s an amazing warrior; he’s taught me far more than I would have learned without him. So they can tease me all they want, but at the end of the day, he’s still the one giving me extra attention when we train. Overall conclusion: I loved “The Assassin’s Blade” and even though my heart still hurts I don’t feel sorry for reading it. I’ll eventually survive the pain, but those five short stories will stay with me forever! I will remember them when I read the other books and the optimist in me still believes that one day the fond memories of Sam Cortland will be able to bring a smile to my face. =)

  7. 4 out of 5

    Miranda Reads

    Now this is how you write a companion novel. "You said you didn't care what I thought. Or what I did. Or if I died, if I'm not mistaken." "I lied! And you know I lied, you stupid bastard!" Ohmygosh. I'm still reeling. The five novellas are so well written and woven together that this almost feels like a book in its own right. Set far before Celaena bacame the King's Assassin, we watch as she fights to the top of the assassin's guild and claim her rightful spot. Along the way, she meets true fr Now this is how you write a companion novel. "You said you didn't care what I thought. Or what I did. Or if I died, if I'm not mistaken." "I lied! And you know I lied, you stupid bastard!" Ohmygosh. I'm still reeling. The five novellas are so well written and woven together that this almost feels like a book in its own right. Set far before Celaena bacame the King's Assassin, we watch as she fights to the top of the assassin's guild and claim her rightful spot. Along the way, she meets true friends and dire enemies. She learns exactly what she's capable of and she manages to piss off some very, very important people. Ansel stalked past her and said, "You're just a spoiled, selfish bitch." The Assassin and the Pirate Lord - Celaena Sardothien and her ever-present companion (Sam) are sent to secure a deal with the Pirate Lord on behalf of their master (Arobynn). Only when they arrive, they quickly realize that Arobynn wants to get in on the slave trade. Celaena may be many things to many people but she will never condone slavery. She's about to disobey the ruler of the Assassins for the first (and possibly) last time ever. The Assassin and the Healer - Celaena - bruised and battered due to her fallout with Arobynn - meets a young healer-girl whose family used to be gifted with magic. That magic is gone now and while the girl dreams of leaving this crumbly tavern, she hasn't the courage to make that final step. That is, until Celaena comes by... The Assassin and the Desert - Exiled Sent to train among the mute assassins in the desert, Celaena must obtain a sealed letter from the leader in order to return to Arobynn. That proves nearly impossible, and while she makes a true friend, she also loses a part of herself in the process. The Assassin and the Underworld - Arobynn allows Celaena to return under a few conditions. She accepts but remains wary of him. He sends her to kill a man involved in the Empire's slave trade and during the process, Celaena becomes absolutely shattered by her own actions. She swears off Arobynn and the Assassin's Guild - forever. The Assassin and the Empire - Celaena and Sam are determined to leave the guild but to do that, they need to buy their freedom from Arobynn (done) and the Assassin's Guild (not done). Celaena and Sam take one last job...only to realize far too late that it really will be their last job. "When we die," she said, "I don't think the gods will even know what to do with us." Blog | Instagram | Twitter

  8. 5 out of 5

    Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁ Rabid Reads-no-more

    Reviewed by: Rabid Reads 4.5 stars ***Please be aware that while refraining from spoiling the specific novella I'm reviewing at the time, there may be spoilers from any prior novellas.*** I view these stories as five separate but related tales--like a series--b/c that's how I originally read them. I'll include links at the bottom of the post to the individual reviews on Goodreads, for those of you who are afraid of being inadvertently spoiled. In the summer of '12, I was desperately seeking new read Reviewed by: Rabid Reads 4.5 stars ***Please be aware that while refraining from spoiling the specific novella I'm reviewing at the time, there may be spoilers from any prior novellas.*** I view these stories as five separate but related tales--like a series--b/c that's how I originally read them. I'll include links at the bottom of the post to the individual reviews on Goodreads, for those of you who are afraid of being inadvertently spoiled. In the summer of '12, I was desperately seeking new reading material, and stumbled across the preview chapters of THRONE OF GLASS by Sarah J. Maas. I downloaded them, devoured them, and gashed my teeth in impatience when I discovered the full book wasn't due to be released for several more weeks. BUT. There were four prequel novellas that were available. So I one-clicked all of them and read them immediately. They only increased my hunger for THRONE OF GLASS. ~The Assassin and the Pirate Lord~ First, I think it's important to recognize that one of--if not the--main purposes of these novellas is to grow Celaena from an intolerably insolent and arrogant adolescent into a world-wiser (but still cocky) young adult. The #1 complaint about this series is that readers don't like Celaena. Personally, I love her, but I understand why others might not. She's a superlative character, and some people can't handle her extremes, and that's only one of a dozen legitimate issues. BUT. There are several loudly voiced complaints that, as far as I'm concerned, don't hold water. I've already addressed my feelings in regards to the claim that she is too girly to make a believable assassin in my Throne of Glass review. The other assertion I cannot abide is that Celaena "never does anything," or "never kills anyone." That she's basically all talk. Maybe I'm confused, but I've never supposed that assassins are meant to go around killing EVERYONE indiscriminately. And she's not just an assassin. She's the King of Assassins' heir. Adarlan's Assassin. At least half of her identity is reputation, and it wouldn't behoove that reputation (or be good for business) to run around like a maniac slitting throats and eviserating passersby. In this novella, she's a sixteen-year-old girl who single-handedly disarms and disables the entire crew of a pirate ship. She easily defeats the Pirate Lord in combat, using his own weapons to do it. How is that nothing? How is that all talk? *mind is boggled* Beyond establishing herself as a seriously kick-ass heroine, the foundation for something that will shred your heart into teeny, tiny pieces is also laid. <------*WAILS* And, you know . . . there are pirates. Everything is better with pirates. SO. Not my favorite of the bunch, but a close(ish) second. ~The Assassin and the Healer~ This novella wasn't part of the original four. I chased down pieces of it on various blogs, over the course of several days before CROWN OF MIDNIGHT was released. Anyway, I liked this one a lot, too. So should anyone who thinks Celaena doesn't kill often enough. How about six or eight mercs in a dark alley after they try to rob and attack a barmaid? All I'm saying is that's an awful lot of bodies piling up for an assassin who allegedly doesn't assassin. Moving on. We also learn some Celaena background: that her country was destroyed by war, and she feels a kinship with others who have suffered similar fates. That as a child she had dreams that are in complete contradiction to her current status. Aaaannddd we (once again) get to observe the softer side of Celaena. The side that compels her to intervene on behalf of others when she can--one of the many reasons I'm able to overlook her more abrasive qualities. Bottom line: a worthy addition to the canon. ~The Assassin and the Desert~ Oh, my FEELS. They hurrrrrrt *sobs* So what does is say about me that this is my favorite of the group? Hmm . . . In the inevitable aftermath of her actions in Pirateville, Celaena is sent into the blistering, unforgiving heat of the desert to train with the Mute Master, Arobynn's (infinitely more benevolent) Southern counterpart. She has one month to train with the Silent Assasssins. One month to earn the Mute Master's respect in the form of a letter to Hamel on Celaena's behalf, commending her efforts and abilities. One. Month. This is the novella that makes me determinedly profess that readers' NEED to read the prequels. There are people and places and events that have already begun to play a greater role in the main books, with half a dozen foreshadowings of things to come. You. NEED. To. Read. It. And it won't make sense, if you haven't read the first one, and after that . . . Well, why not just read them all? Besides . . . Don't you want to see Celaena fumble her way through her first friendship? And not just her first friendship, but her first friendship with a GIRL? Of course you do. And who could blame you? ~The Assassin and the Underworld~ This novella should have been called THE ASSASSIN AND THE TANGLED WEB OF AROBYNN HAMEL, but I guess it doesn't rollllll off the tongue the same way. I really wish I could give you an accounting of the events that take place here unhindered by the knowledge of what's to come. But I can't. I read it too many times and it broke my heart too completely. THE ASSASSIN AND THE UNDERWORLD is about what happens when Celaena returns to the Assassin's Keep after Arobynn beat her into unconsciousness and sent her to the desert. Celaena arrives full of confidence and more than a little bit of self-satisfaction. She succeeded in accomplishing her nearly-impossible-to-complete task. More than succeeded. Was sent home from the Red Desert with a fortune great enough to purchase her freedom. When she struts into Arobynn's office, she has every intention of telling him, and leaving him. Unfortunately . . . It doesn't work out that way. Instead, she allows herself to fall back under his spell. Not fully, she's been made too wary for that, but enough that she becomes an unwilling accomplice in his nefarious plans one last time. This is where we first see the depth of Arobynn's treachery. My thoughts on Celaena's lack of immediate response to said treachery upon her return to Rifthold in ToG: (view spoiler)[Many think Celaena is being willfully obtuse about the role her mentor played in the events that led to Sam's horrific death and her imprisonment at Endovier, but this is something I understand: "Father, brother, lover—he’d never really declared himself any of them. Certainly not the lover part, though if Celaena had been another sort of girl, and if Arobynn had raised her differently, perhaps it might have come to that. He loved her like family, yet he put her in the most dangerous positions. He nurtured and educated her, yet he’d obliterated her innocence the first time he’d made her end a life. He’d given her everything, but he’d also taken everything away. She could no sooner sort out her feelings toward the King of the Assassins than she could count the stars in the sky." And there's nothing she can DO about it in the course of the first few books. She knows they'll see each other again, but as much as she desires vengeance and is determined to get it: "In the silence of her bedroom, she swore an oath to the moonlight that if Sam were hurt, no force in the world would hold her back from slaughtering everyone responsible." She also dreads it. Celaena is a work in progress. She's headstrong and stubborn. Arrogant with poor impulse control. BUT. She is growing. Steadily. Consistently. Eventually she'll reach the point where she can take an unobscured look at Arobynn and acknowledge not only how he betrayed her to the king, but how he was none of things to her she'd struggled with reconciling: father, brother, lover. He was a plague. (hide spoiler)] ~The Assassin and the Realm~ THE ASSASSIN AND THE REALM starts at the end. Celaena is suddenly a prisoner of we-don't-know-whom/we-don't-know-why. All we know is that she's shattered. She does not care that she's caged like an animal. She does not care that she's in chains. Cold, hunger, thirst, all things beyond her concern. And then . . . in the dark . . . she remembers. Maas is an expert at cultivating DREAD. It may not be as stealthy here, what with us already knowing that Celaena--in some context--has failed, but that doesn't negate the fear, the roil in your belly, as you push yourself to keep reading, to find out what happened, what went wrong, so that at least then . . . it will be over. As I said earlier, I read these before reading THRONE OF GLASS, so I can't state from experience that if you're having issues with Celaena, reading THE ASSASSIN'S BLADE will fix them. BUT. I can say that I've never had any issues with her character development, and the majority of readers who have taken my advice have found themselves understanding her better than they had previously. Beyond that, you need the background from Celaena's time in the Red Desert to fully appreciate what's happening in the main series (my favorite YA series, incidentally). <------FYI. SO. Read it. I'm so far passed "recommending" it that I'm brandishing it wildly. “My name is Celaena Sardothien,” she whispered, “and I will not be afraid.” My other reviews for this series: Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass, #1) Crown of Midnight (Throne of Glass #2) Heir of Fire (Throne of Glass #3) Queen of Shadows (Throne of Glass #4) Untitled (Throne of Glass, #5)

  9. 5 out of 5

    April (Aprilius Maximus)

    First read May 2015 Reread August 2016 Reread October 2018 Still hurts. Check out my vlog for this book! --> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ibg8g...

  10. 4 out of 5

    Warda

    I don't know how this book continues to destroy me with every reread. This will always be one of the most heart-wrenching stories for me. The way Sarah J Maas fleshed out the characters in this book and their emotions pulled at my insides. It hurt like nothing else. I hate it. And I'm incredibly in love with this collection of novellas. Original review! “She would tuck Sam into her heart, a bright light for her to take out whenever things were darkest.” Reread. 5 stars, of course. This is the kind I don't know how this book continues to destroy me with every reread. This will always be one of the most heart-wrenching stories for me. The way Sarah J Maas fleshed out the characters in this book and their emotions pulled at my insides. It hurt like nothing else. I hate it. And I'm incredibly in love with this collection of novellas. Original review! “She would tuck Sam into her heart, a bright light for her to take out whenever things were darkest.” Reread. 5 stars, of course. This is the kind of book that once you're finished reading, you'll need all the chocolates and ice cream to stuff yourself with and all the comedy movies to watch, because the gaping hole, pain and emotional heaviness it leaves you with is slightly torturous. This book is a bind-up of 5 novellas which explore events that took place before Throne of Glass. Rereading it now, I think that it's probably best to start off with this book, then continue on with the rest of the series, because you'll gain a better appreciation for our main character. Celaena is such a great female protagonist. Utter boss! This book sheds a lot more light into her history and how she became the person she is. There's so much more emotion and vulnerability to her in this book that we don't get to see that often. But she's also an assassin. Hardcore and cruel and the fact that she encompasses both ends of the spectrum is so great to see. I love how that human element has been added, that not everything you know about a person and how they react to certain situations is always going to be black and white. Your past has a lot to do with it. Your circumstances which will have shaped you. The people you surround yourself with and I adore Sarah J Maas for incorporating that into a story about assassins. (view spoiler)[And Sam, Sam, for fucks same, Sam. I'm in mourning. I keep wishing Celaena was able to declare her love for him. Something verbal that at least he could've taken with him. I don't know why it destroys my heart, because I'm pretty sure Celaena regrets this in the other books but every time I think about it I want to die, tbh. (hide spoiler)]

  11. 4 out of 5

    Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin

    I can't believe I have had this book forever and just now read it. Such is life I guess. I knew it was going to break my heart and it did, it so much did. But I needed to read the story of Sam. Sam =( ♥

  12. 5 out of 5

    jessica

    i actually wasnt planning on reading this until after ‘kingdom of ash’ but the wait was just too much for me, so i quickly snuck it in! ughh, i wish this book was a part of the main series in the same way ‘tower of dawn’ was. i think if the series started off with this, instead of ‘throne of glass,’ i would have had a much deeper understanding and connection with celaena. this provides so much character development and insight into who she is, which was really lacking in the first few books. als i actually wasnt planning on reading this until after ‘kingdom of ash’ but the wait was just too much for me, so i quickly snuck it in! ughh, i wish this book was a part of the main series in the same way ‘tower of dawn’ was. i think if the series started off with this, instead of ‘throne of glass,’ i would have had a much deeper understanding and connection with celaena. this provides so much character development and insight into who she is, which was really lacking in the first few books. also, the events and characters of each and every one of these stories are mentioned/alluded to throughout the other six books, so this would have been a great foundation with which to start the series. overall, these short stories were enjoyable and a great addition to a wonderful series! the assassin and the pirate lord - 3.5 stars the assassin and the healer - 3.5 stars the assassin and the desert - 4 stars the assassin and the underworld - 4.5 stars the assassin and the empire - 4.5 stars

  13. 4 out of 5

    Maureen

    This was such a wonderful book. It is 5 prequel novellas, but the novellas read as one story with small gaps between the stories. I loved every second of it and I loved learning more about Celaena! Reread July 11-17, 2015 for #fivefaves I LOVE THIS SO MUCH BUT IT ALSO BREAKS MY HEART BUT I LOVE IT SO. BLESS SJ MAAS BLESS HER FOR THESE AMAZINGLY FLESHED OUT NOVELLAS.

  14. 4 out of 5

    destiny ♎ [howling libraries]

    #0.1-#0.5 The Assassin’s Blade ★★★★★ #1 Throne of Glass ★★★★☆ #2 Crown of Midnight ★★★★★ #3 Heir of Fire ★★★★★ #4 Queen of Shadows ★★★★★ #5 Empire of Storms ★★★★★ #6 Tower of Dawn ★★★★★ She was fire, she was darkness, she was dust and blood and shadow. As anyone who knows my taste in books is already aware of, I’m total trash for Sarah’s other series, A Court of Thorns and Roses, and have been for a while, which is why I know it’s kind of surprising to a lot of people (myself included) that it’s taken #0.1-#0.5 The Assassin’s Blade ★★★★★ #1 Throne of Glass ★★★★☆ #2 Crown of Midnight ★★★★★ #3 Heir of Fire ★★★★★ #4 Queen of Shadows ★★★★★ #5 Empire of Storms ★★★★★ #6 Tower of Dawn ★★★★★ She was fire, she was darkness, she was dust and blood and shadow. As anyone who knows my taste in books is already aware of, I’m total trash for Sarah’s other series, A Court of Thorns and Roses, and have been for a while, which is why I know it’s kind of surprising to a lot of people (myself included) that it’s taken me this long to finally start on this series! That said, I decided that I would make an effort in 2018 to get caught up on the series before the finale this fall, and per Sarah’s own website’s recommendation, I started with this novella bind-up. I was honestly nervous to pick this book up, because I kept thinking, “What if it doesn’t live up to my love for the ACOTAR series?!” Luckily, my concerns seem to be invalid – based on this collection, at least – because losing myself in the word of Celaena and the Assassins was effortless, and made me so eager to move on to Throne of Glass! Quiet as mice, quiet as the wind, quiet as the grave. → The Assassin and the Pirate Lord – ★★★★★ ← Celaena thinks that she and her colleague Sam Cortland are being sent to meet the Pirate Lord to seek repayment for a slight he’s caused the King of the Assassins. Upon arrival, the teens learn that they’ve been tricked into an escort mission for a batch of slaves that Arobynn is hoping to sell. I thought this was an fantastic introduction to Celaena’s character, and it immediately made me fond of her as a protagonist. I loved that she was willing to risk her career and her name to free a few hundred strangers, and the ending set a wonderful stage for her relationship with Sam and his willingness to follow her, no matter the cost. → The Assassin and the Healer – ★★★★☆ ← After the debacle with the Pirate Lord, Celaena is sent away for a while, as part of her punishment. In this installment, she stays at the White Pig Inn, where she meets Yrene Towers, a young healer barely scraping by as a waitress, and in desperate need of learning how to defend herself. Who better to teach her than a trained killer? This was my least favorite of the stories, but I still thought it was enjoyable enough for 4 stars. It just didn’t feel nearly as three-dimensional as the other novellas (which is to be expected, since it’s substantially shorter at only 40 pages). → The Assassin and the Desert – ★★★★★ ← As Celaena arrives in the Red Desert, she begins her punishment: training with the Silent Assassins, and earning a letter of recommendation from their leader, the Mute Master. This was such a fleshed out, well written story, and while reading this one, I remember thinking to myself that this was where the real story telling in this collection began. I loved getting to know the ins and outs of the Silent Assassins and their homes, as well as watching Celaena’s friendship with Ansel come into form. Most of all, I enjoyed the world-building that was given in bits here and there, like the story of Spidersilk. → The Assassin and the Underworld – ★★★★★ ← Upon her return to Rifthold, Arobynn surprises Celaena by apologizing, and offering her a mission picked specially for her: to kill a man who wants to help the King of Adarlan create a booming slave business. This story was positively gut-wrenching to watch unfold. Without spoiling anything, I’ll just say that certain aspects of Celaena’s mission seemed suspicious from the beginning; Sarah J. Maas is the queen of painful foreshadowing, but like any other trickery she inflicts upon her readers, all you can do is sit back and watch it unfold. → The Assassin and the Empire – ★★★★★ ← A few weeks after Celaena discovers Arobynn’s treachery, she and Sam are living happily on their own, but there’s one problem: to leave Rifthold and Arobynn behind forever, they must leave the Assassin’s Guild, and that costs coins that are going to require one last, dangerous job. Just… see what I said about the last story: with SJM’s writing, sometimes you know something horrible is well on its way, but there’s nothing you can do besides waiting patiently for the heartache. I didn’t think I had grown quite so attached to the characters in this collection until reaching the end of this particular novella, but I found myself devastated and immediately wanting more. I think this was a brilliant story to end this collection on, and it cemented my beliefs that The Assassin’s Blade is the perfect opening to this series. “My name is Celaena Sardothien,” she whispered, “and I will not be afraid.”

  15. 4 out of 5

    Jeff

    NO WORDS. Just sobbing, dying, laughing and dying again. Enjoy readers. :) This was a mix of billions of wonderful stories and I guarantee y'all, ur in for a sobbing-fest. So yes, you'll be needing......: -donuts (idk, just get SWEETS) -more SJM books..... -MORE BOOKS -you're mom's credit card to go buy those books or you could rob a bank -a buddy to scream and cry to -6000000 tissue boxes Yah. Alright alright. No, u ain't just gonna cry ur eyeballs out. NO. UR GONNA SMILE TILL UR MOUTH SPLITS TOO!!!!!! How NO WORDS. Just sobbing, dying, laughing and dying again. Enjoy readers. :) This was a mix of billions of wonderful stories and I guarantee y'all, ur in for a sobbing-fest. So yes, you'll be needing......: -donuts (idk, just get SWEETS) -more SJM books..... -MORE BOOKS -you're mom's credit card to go buy those books or you could rob a bank -a buddy to scream and cry to -6000000 tissue boxes Yah. Alright alright. No, u ain't just gonna cry ur eyeballs out. NO. UR GONNA SMILE TILL UR MOUTH SPLITS TOO!!!!!! How fun is that? Just......everything was brilliant. Celaena was an amazing character. Some were obviously jerks. I was a potato who cried my little heart out :p AND NOOOOWWWWWWWWW. We shall end this review/sob-fest. Good bye, peeps. ;)

  16. 5 out of 5

    Bangadybangz

    I actually enjoyed this more than the first book! It was nice to get a little more insight into Celaena's history and learn how she came to be in the salt mines in the first place. All the novellas flow really well together too (except for The Assassin and the Healer; I feel like that one could have been taken out). Also it was cool to see Celaena actually BE an assassin (I haven't read anything else past the first book, so I don't know if she does later). I just wish we could have had a scene (p I actually enjoyed this more than the first book! It was nice to get a little more insight into Celaena's history and learn how she came to be in the salt mines in the first place. All the novellas flow really well together too (except for The Assassin and the Healer; I feel like that one could have been taken out). Also it was cool to see Celaena actually BE an assassin (I haven't read anything else past the first book, so I don't know if she does later). I just wish we could have had a scene (probably the first scene) of the VERY beginning, of her as a little girl in Terrasen, right before she ended up mysteriously half dead on that river bank

  17. 4 out of 5

    Brittney ~ Reverie and Ink

    No, I'm not ok. Rather than tell you how I feel, let me show you how I feel. Spoilers. Sam. I cannot. I just cannot. Was this a necessary read for the series? Yes. Does it make it any easier? No. For those of you have a REALLY hard time with death in a book.. let me prepare you. The ONLY way I was able to cope with this book was: 1. Chocolate 2. Tissues 3. Bookmarked moments from book 3 and 4 of TOG in order to go back and read happy moments of sweet, sweet justice. That is all. My Blog ~ Instagram ~ No, I'm not ok. Rather than tell you how I feel, let me show you how I feel. Spoilers. Sam. I cannot. I just cannot. Was this a necessary read for the series? Yes. Does it make it any easier? No. For those of you have a REALLY hard time with death in a book.. let me prepare you. The ONLY way I was able to cope with this book was: 1. Chocolate 2. Tissues 3. Bookmarked moments from book 3 and 4 of TOG in order to go back and read happy moments of sweet, sweet justice. That is all. My Blog ~ Instagram ~ Twitter ~ Etsy

  18. 5 out of 5

    Sandra

    “My name is Celaena Sardothien," she whispered, "and I will not be afraid.” NOTE; Review unedited. I have a question to the lovely Sarah J. Maas that i'm sure many fans demand the answer to... Why would you do this to your fans!? Tear their heart out like that?! It ain't fair. I need a super glue to stick it back together now, but even then it will never be the same! This is what sort of state you left me when i finished the awful last chapter and may i add this was quite literally how i looked li “My name is Celaena Sardothien," she whispered, "and I will not be afraid.” NOTE; Review unedited. I have a question to the lovely Sarah J. Maas that i'm sure many fans demand the answer to... Why would you do this to your fans!? Tear their heart out like that?! It ain't fair. I need a super glue to stick it back together now, but even then it will never be the same! This is what sort of state you left me when i finished the awful last chapter and may i add this was quite literally how i looked like....only i admit i had a bottle of whiskey shots lined up for myself in a row instead. GENRE; High Fantasy/YA/Romance (with adventure) The Assassin's Blade is a combine of all the novellas from the Throne of Glass series, which include The Assassin and the Pirate Lord, The Assassin and the Healer, The Assassin and the Desert, The Assassin and the Underworld, and The Assassin and the Empire MEET THE COLDHEARTED, SARCASTIC AND BITCHY ASSASSIN. (P.S - i have no f****** idea why Celaena has WHITE hair on the covers and why everyone thinks that is true. CELANEA HAS BLONDE HAIR, ok? Get it right, darlings). The book follows Celeana Sardothien, who is obviously our protagonist. She has become Adarlan's greatest assassin at just the age of 16. Consequently, she has a huge debt to pay to Arobynn Hamel - the king of Assassins - for her reputation, taking her in and teaching her the skills she needed to survive. But his enemies stretch far and wide across the continent, and its part of Celaena's job to hunt them down. For one of those assignements she is partened up with her rival, Sam. These journeys will be the key to a chain of events that will seal her fate, cut her heart in two forever, and teach her that even the smallest of things come with a price. First of all, i was astonished that The Assassin's Blade was actually a bit better from the 1st book in the series Throne of Glass. Say what?! That's sayong something because i utterly loved the 2 books currently out. And i agree with other readers that this should have been the first book. But what can you do about it now? There is just so much more adventure, angst and action! Compared to this one, it seems now like the other books are slightly dull. What i thought of Celaena?; “When we die," she said, "I don't think the gods will even know what to do with us." Frankly, dear Celaena, i don't know what to do with you either. Another surprise or discovery whilsts i was reading this book was that i actually started to dislike Celaena, and see a side of her that i was blind to previously. She was almost constantly whining about something (i am too lazy to search for examples from the book, but trust me, there was a lot of them). If you think Celaena was kickass then, wait till you read the novellas, baby! That's the real badass assassin! It feels like she was holding back on us in Throne of Glass, and Crown of Midnight, but she sure as heck don't hold back in this book - from destroying buildings and cities, to overthrowing and freeing people. I feel like she was a bigger vain, bitch than she was before, but i can't really tell for sure as i read the other books last year. When she was mean to Sam, i was like... What i thought of Sam?: Everybody is fighting between team Chaol and team Dorian. I must admit i was team Chaol, but now i'm like BITCHES, PLEASE! THIS LASS IS TEAM SAM! Previously, we know of him from Celaena's thoughts and memories, but here we finally get to meet him! He is one of my top fave characters of all time as of now. Sam is an assassin too, 2nd best, but he is the biggest sweatheart and nicest person ever. I fell in love with him from chapter one, rooted and supported him to the very end. The writing style and story-telling is as usual EXCELLENT. Overall, The Assassin's Blade - a heartbreaking, action-packed YA fantasy that will take you on a wild adventure and turning the pages. Had me swooning, laughing and tearing up the next minute. An unforgettable tale of trust, friendship, betrayal, love and most of all kickarsery! 5 stars. Sincerely - The Critic

  19. 5 out of 5

    ambsreads

    “My name is Celaena Sardothien,” she whispered, “and I will not be afraid.” The Assassin's Blade was a book I was nervous to go into. I have heard mixed reviews about The Throne of Glass series, ranging from people loving it to hating it which has resulted in me constantly pushing it back on my TBR. Thankfully, I was pleasantly surprised. I personally really enjoy Sarah J. Mass' writing. It is well done and engaging. Unfortunately, I did see a spoiler which meant that the ending of the last pre “My name is Celaena Sardothien,” she whispered, “and I will not be afraid.” The Assassin's Blade was a book I was nervous to go into. I have heard mixed reviews about The Throne of Glass series, ranging from people loving it to hating it which has resulted in me constantly pushing it back on my TBR. Thankfully, I was pleasantly surprised. I personally really enjoy Sarah J. Mass' writing. It is well done and engaging. Unfortunately, I did see a spoiler which meant that the ending of the last prequel wasn't a shock. Now, a lot of people will say that "oh well, it's in the first book" and I can understand that, but I haven't read the first book. So, it did matter to me. This bind-up features five novellas about Celaena and the events which lead to her being in the salt mines in Throne of Glass. I'm going to go more into detail about the novella's now since I don't think it's quite fair to just clump them all together. The Assassin and The Pirate Lord Rating: 4 Stars. “Her beauty was a weapon—one she kept honed—but it could also be a vulnerability.” The Assassin and The Pirate Lord was a great novella to start the bind-up. It is what leads to all the events that follow. It is ultimately the catalyst. We follow Sam and Celaena as they make plans behind their Master, The Assassin King's, back. The plans that are made are what result in everything to follow and shows the true colours of The Assassin King (who's name I can't remember how to spell). I thoroughly enjoyed this novella, it was full of badassery. The fight scenes were well described and painted a picture on what was happening while also setting up two of the main characters in the bind-up - Sam and Celaena. The Assassin and The Healer Rating: 3 Stars. “There was such irony, she realised, in them working together—the assassin and the healer. Two opposite sides of the coin.” The Assassin and The Healer was the smallest novella in the bind-up. It was also probably the least interesting despite the insight into the fact that Celaena isn't the bad person she is made out to be. The story is told from the perspective of a healer Yrene and Celaena. I enjoyed Yrene's descriptions of Celaena, they painted the picture of her even more. For example, the following quote: “This girl wasn’t like wildfire—she was wildfire. Deadly and uncontrollable. And slightly out of her wits." However, despite enjoying the characters, the bind-up was the most forgettable. It was a filler novella, overall, not adding much to the story and not being mentioned later. The Assassin and The Desert Rating: 3.5 Stars. “Of course she was worthy. She was Celaena Sardothien, gods be damned.” In The Assassin and The Desert we follow Celaena through the desert to reach the Silent Assassins, somewhere she is going on an order from the King of Assassin's after he beat her unconscious for going against his orders. This novella, in particular, was interesting despite my lower rating - purely because I stopped a lot while reading it. I enjoyed watching the friendship form between Celaena and Ansel, Celaena learning that she can trust people. However, the trust is followed by the betrayal of (view spoiler)[Ansel (hide spoiler)] . I enjoyed the Mute Assassin and the whole kindness that he showed, (view spoiler)[like when he gives her the money to pay off her debt to the King of Assassin's. (hide spoiler)] I also loved the fact that to realise she had feelings for Sam, Celaena had to be taken out of the immediate situation. That is what made the next novella so good for me. The Assassin and The Underworld Rating: 4 Stars. “You want to know what price I asked for forgiving Arobynn, Celaena?” She slowly turned. With the ongoing rain, the hall was full of shadows and light. Sam stood so still that he might have been a statue. “My price was his oath that he’d never lay a hand on you again. I told him I’d forgive him in exchange for that.” The Assassin and The Underworld followed the growing relationship between Celaena and Sam. I enjoyed it thoroughly as the pair continued to bicker and argue, despite the obviousness of their feelings. I found the story in this particular a bit harder to follow, the names ultimately confused me and I again had to keep putting it down to do other things. I'm not sure what else to say about this particular novella, apart from the fact it included freedom and yet another betrayal from someone trusted. Though, this betrayal I was expected. The Assassin and The Empire Rating: 4 Stars. “The only secret I’ve borne my entire life is that I love you.” He gave her a slight smile. “It was the one thing I believed I’d go to the grave without voicing.” His eyes were so full of light that it almost stopped her heart.” The Assassin and The Empire was a bittersweet novella. Like I mentioned in the beginning of this review (view spoiler)[I knew Sam died (hide spoiler)] and the whole time I was just waiting for it to happen. It happened faster than I thought it would as well. The final novella is the story of how Sam and Celaena are trying to make a life for themselves now that they are free. They want to get away from the control of The Assassin's Guild (?) they are a part of, to start anew. Well, Sam does. Celaena is more reluctant to do so, and due to that reaction - ends with everything going south. I did enjoy this novella despite knowing where the ending was going to lead me. I expected the betrayal, yet again. It was hard not to see it coming, (view spoiler)[especially when The Assassin King kept popping up. (hide spoiler)] Overall, I'm glad I read this bind up before the first book. I read a review of someone about Throne of Glass and it was talking about how spoilt Celaena was. Now, that makes sense to me seeing as where she came from and luxury she was used to . I am excited to start the first book in The Throne of Glass series. It should be interesting at the very least.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Cait • A Page with a View

    "My name is Celaena Sardothien and I will not be afraid." Well, that quote just got a whole lot more meaning to it. I SURVIVED THIS BOOK! I was expecting a lot worse, honestly. I initially checked it out to see Sam since you hear so much about him in later books, but there really wasn't as much about him as I thought there would be. Or maybe I just braced for the worst. It's more about Celaena's twisted relationship with Arobynn than anything else. And THAT was enough to permanently mess anyone u "My name is Celaena Sardothien and I will not be afraid." Well, that quote just got a whole lot more meaning to it. I SURVIVED THIS BOOK! I was expecting a lot worse, honestly. I initially checked it out to see Sam since you hear so much about him in later books, but there really wasn't as much about him as I thought there would be. Or maybe I just braced for the worst. It's more about Celaena's twisted relationship with Arobynn than anything else. And THAT was enough to permanently mess anyone up. Her reactions and dependency on him were so sad, but really show how strong she becomes later. This book brought SO much insight to Celaena's character overall and I loved all of the stories (despite the sad). The second and third novellas were a bit slower, but I'm really hoping we see more of those random characters in Empire of Storms! This was my second time reading it and I'm not sure I got too much more out of it this time, but I do totally recommend reading it at least once! Maybe even before Throne of Glass or Crown of Midnight if you're just starting the series because it really does add a TON of depth to everything.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Celine Lindeskov

    This is the kind of book that once you've read it, you'll need paper towels, cookies, chocolate and Google Images to find fanart of Celaena and Sam and the cry some more. Oh, this book... It was amazing! The writing was absolutely stunning and even though it was a collection of novellas, I felt like I was reading a novel, because the stories are chronologically and so beautifully woven together. And it really scares me that Sarah J Maas was able to do this to me in five novellas; I cried... I cried This is the kind of book that once you've read it, you'll need paper towels, cookies, chocolate and Google Images to find fanart of Celaena and Sam and the cry some more. Oh, this book... It was amazing! The writing was absolutely stunning and even though it was a collection of novellas, I felt like I was reading a novel, because the stories are chronologically and so beautifully woven together. And it really scares me that Sarah J Maas was able to do this to me in five novellas; I cried... I cried, and I cried, and I cried. Sam Cortland... I had it comming and I knew it would happen sooner or later... But it was still. so. emotional...

  22. 5 out of 5

    Mikee Andrea (ReadWithMikee)

    ❝She was fire, she was darkness, she was dust and blood and shadow.❞ Of all five novellas I only liked two of them. Overall, I was just kinda bored with the stories. I think I might've just set my expectations a little too high considering how it's Sarah J. Maas and the Throne of Glass series. But to be honest, I'm a bit disappointed. This book is finally when we meet the late Sam Cortland. SJM constantly brings up Sam in every book in the series, but until now I never knew who Sam really was. ❝She was fire, she was darkness, she was dust and blood and shadow.❞ Of all five novellas I only liked two of them. Overall, I was just kinda bored with the stories. I think I might've just set my expectations a little too high considering how it's Sarah J. Maas and the Throne of Glass series. But to be honest, I'm a bit disappointed. This book is finally when we meet the late Sam Cortland. SJM constantly brings up Sam in every book in the series, but until now I never knew who Sam really was. I did figure that this character must be one hell of a guy if SJM never rests mentioning a deceased character that we don't even officially meet in the series. At least in that aspect, The Assassin's Blade didn't disappoint. Sam Cortland was a great character. It was heartbreaking to know what his fate would be in the end, and you're left feeling a bit helpless knowing you can't change how Sam's story plays out. :( I've never really been a fan of Celaena. She does have her noble moments and moments where you just feel for her but there's just something that I don't find appealing about her no matter how many times she does something great. However, I do feel as if I prefer Celaena over Aelin? I'm not really sure. They're not that different from one another but I do feel as if Celaena is more... likable. In the Throne of Glass series, SJM just sort of sets Sam and Celaena's relationship on a pedestal. Although I do like them together, I'm probably going to get hate for saying this, but their relationship wasn't as great as SJM and everyone else was making it seem? Maybe it was just the hype. Maybe it's me being heartless but if I didn't actually like them so much, I would probably even say that their relationship happened pretty fast. I know that these are just novellas so things have to happen more fast paced but ehhh. I liked the idea of them as a couple but I feel like we weren't given the time to fully develop a LOVE for them. And in truth, I really hate when authors pull the "I've loved you since the very beginning" card or the "I acted like I hated you but I actually loved you". I feel like that's a cop out on trying to buy you time on how long a relationship has been developing because even if you mention that there's been feelings from the very beginning before the book takes place, it doesn't actually count as development, at least not for me, because I don't actually see that happening. Of course my heart still broke for Celaena and Sam but not as much as I thought it would. As for the novellas as a whole, most of them were pretty slow in the beginning and pick up towards the end. I didn't really pick up anything new from these novellas. I already knew Arobynn was garbage so it was unfortunate to have to put up with Satan again for the time being. I think I probably would've had a better reading experience with The Assassin's Blade if I actually read it when I was supposed to which was... before Heir of Fire if I'm not mistaken? Well, either way I definitely should've read it before Queen of Shadows lol. The vibes of this book are VERY different from the later books in ToG. It's almost like they're two completely different series so reading TAB when I did felt disjointed to the rest of the series. I only decided to pick up this book because I was told that characters in TAB would show up later on in Empire of Storms. So hopefully reading these novellas will actually make my reading experience with EoS better now that I'll be familiar with some of the names that will come up later on! 1. The Assassin and the Pirate Lord Review: Read | Rating: ★★★ 2. The Assassin and the Healer Review: Read | Rating: ★★★ 3. The Assassin and the Desert Review: Read | Rating: ★★★★★ 4. The Assassin and the Underworld Review: Read | Rating: ★★★ 5. The Assassin and the Empire Review: Read | Rating: ★★★★ Average Rating: ★★★

  23. 4 out of 5

    Candace

    I absolutely loved these prequels to the 'Throne of Glass' series. Taking place during Celaena's years as an elite assassin working for her master, Arobynn, this grouping of prequels sheds a lot of light on the events that molded Celaena into the woman we met in 'Throne of Glass'. It is no wonder that she avoids relationships and entanglements. Her story was heartbreaking! Celaena spends her time trying to run from a past that haunts her, while simultaneously trying to gain the love and approval I absolutely loved these prequels to the 'Throne of Glass' series. Taking place during Celaena's years as an elite assassin working for her master, Arobynn, this grouping of prequels sheds a lot of light on the events that molded Celaena into the woman we met in 'Throne of Glass'. It is no wonder that she avoids relationships and entanglements. Her story was heartbreaking! Celaena spends her time trying to run from a past that haunts her, while simultaneously trying to gain the love and approval she lost when her parents were brutally murdered. Yet, despite her desperate need to feel loved, she is uncompromising in her values and sense of morality. This is probably my favorite thing about Celaena. She stands up for what she believes is right. Perhaps it is fitting, then, that it is her steely resolve that brings about her downfall. When she goes against her master, refusing to participate in his slave trade dealings, she sets off a chain of events that will bring her to her knees. Her brave actions may have solidified her unlikely alliance with Sam, a fellow assassin, but those same actions sealed her fate. By the time this chapter of her story unfolds, she will have lost the man she loved and her freedom. While I knew how this chapter of her story would end up, it was worth experiencing. Background information was shared that she'd new light on some of the events in the 'Throne of Glass' books. I read the first two books in the series before going back and reading these prequels. I'm glad that I did before I started the third book. I think this information will continue to be helpful to understand this complex, rapidly evolving series. I loved every minute of 'The Assassin's Blade'. I highly recommend this set of prequels if you're a fan of the 'Throne of Glass' series. I can't get enough of this badass female assassin!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Sarah (Starry Night Reader)

    The Assassin and the Pirate Lord- 4/5 stars Celaena and Sam take down a pirate lord, and we get a glimpse of how Celaena received her reputation as one of the most notorious assassins in the kingdom. She is ridiculously arrogant, but considering that I know she later goes through a major character transformation, I'll forgive her. We also see the bourgeoning feelings between Celaena and Sam develop D: It seems to me like Arobynn is already behaving a bit shady The Assassin and the Healer- 3/5 sta The Assassin and the Pirate Lord- 4/5 stars Celaena and Sam take down a pirate lord, and we get a glimpse of how Celaena received her reputation as one of the most notorious assassins in the kingdom. She is ridiculously arrogant, but considering that I know she later goes through a major character transformation, I'll forgive her. We also see the bourgeoning feelings between Celaena and Sam develop D: It seems to me like Arobynn is already behaving a bit shady The Assassin and the Healer- 3/5 stars I appreciated this one for the girl power aspect, but it didn't really add anything to Celaena's overall story. I do like how in both of the stories we've seen a little bit of the compassionate side to Celaena. I want to see her do some more badass stuff though! And where's Sam?! The Assassin and the Desert- 5/5 stars This story was interesting, definitely my favorite so far. It could've been a book by itself. I loved all the references to things we know from the books, and honestly, I'm hoping some of these characters will appear in the books :) The Assassin and the Underworld- 4/5 stars A little bit boring, but the ending made up for it. Celaena needs revenge ASAP but we all know how the next story is going to end :( The Assassin and the Empire- 4/5 stars We all knew that this was coming :( Also, I love how all these stories and characters become relevant in Empire of Storms. One of my biggest problems with short stories is that they just feel kind of pointless... I can't feel that drawn to the story in such few pages even if I already know the characters, so I'm glad SJM incorporated these stories into the main storyline!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Wendy Darling

    I don't even care, I can't stop thinking about this book so I'm bumping my original 4.5 star rating to a 5. Plus it made me cry! I don't think another 2014 book has done that this year. I cannot believe these were written as prequels, they give readers such an enormous breadth of understanding for Celaena's character and history, as well as enormous sympathy for what she's been through, faults and all. And WHY have I never heard how amazing Sam is? <3 (view spoiler)[ Was. :( *sobs* (hide spoi I don't even care, I can't stop thinking about this book so I'm bumping my original 4.5 star rating to a 5. Plus it made me cry! I don't think another 2014 book has done that this year. I cannot believe these were written as prequels, they give readers such an enormous breadth of understanding for Celaena's character and history, as well as enormous sympathy for what she's been through, faults and all. And WHY have I never heard how amazing Sam is? <3 (view spoiler)[ Was. :( *sobs* (hide spoiler)]

  26. 5 out of 5

    P

    “She was fire, she was darkness, she was dust and blood and shadow.” (X) I'm not a big fan of the Throne of Glass series, to be honest. The world-building, the narrative and the stories are undeniably terrific except the characters. I couldn't even connect to Celaena Sardothien since the first book, which I read two years ago. Choal and Dorian still couldn't move me, though I was into Chaol while I was reading Crown of Midnight. I ended up feeling the same way, which was boring, by the time I st “She was fire, she was darkness, she was dust and blood and shadow.” (X) I'm not a big fan of the Throne of Glass series, to be honest. The world-building, the narrative and the stories are undeniably terrific except the characters. I couldn't even connect to Celaena Sardothien since the first book, which I read two years ago. Choal and Dorian still couldn't move me, though I was into Chaol while I was reading Crown of Midnight. I ended up feeling the same way, which was boring, by the time I started reading Heir of Fire. “Life isn't easy, no matter where you are. You'll make choices you think are right, and then suffer for them.” Finally I figured out the only problem I'd had with this series. It is Celaena Sardothien herself that always pulls me back whenever I want to enjoy the books, her character is indeed bad-ass, yet she's inaccessible and quite annoying for me. So this is why the ToG series had been three stars reading until Empire of Storm (You can find my five-star review here) Suffice to say, my feeling towards this book is still like what I have for the first four books of this series. Celaena's POV bored me, and her character being pampered and holding a grudge against everyone around her made it worse. Still I liked the spectacular viewing of this world, which undoubtedly pushed me to the last page of this collection of the novellas. Here my rating and short reviews for these five novellas 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 ★★★ 1/2 (the remaining ones will be posted soon) About Sam coupling with Celaena is great ! I loved Sam, (view spoiler)[but his death is incredibly fast and unprepared (hide spoiler)] , and I was not ready even though I'd already known. However, The Assassin's Blade is a perfect prelude for who wants to learn more about the Throne of Glass world and what happened to Calaena before she becomes a champion in book one. “Rain continued beating against the hall windows, a distant reminder that there was still a world around them.” I sure liked the ending. It's a forshadowing of what's coming. https://goo.gl/vt7q2h

  27. 5 out of 5

    Melanie

    I really wanted to read this novella bind-up in preparation for Empire of Storms! These five individual stories actually line up chronologically and tell a pretty fluent big story. I wasn't expecting that, so I was pleasantly surprised. Instead of five completely different and random stories, you get five different stories that build up together for one event that ends up being the start of Throne of Glass. Overall, I really did enjoy this bind-up, but I enjoyed some stories much, much more than I really wanted to read this novella bind-up in preparation for Empire of Storms! These five individual stories actually line up chronologically and tell a pretty fluent big story. I wasn't expecting that, so I was pleasantly surprised. Instead of five completely different and random stories, you get five different stories that build up together for one event that ends up being the start of Throne of Glass. Overall, I really did enjoy this bind-up, but I enjoyed some stories much, much more than others. Some of the stories felt perfectly synced with this world, and others seemed a little pointless and forced. I will break down each short story, with links to their individual reviews on Goodreads. #0.1) The Assassin and the Pirate Lord ★★★ This first novella had so much potential. I would have given the premise of this story a solid five stars. I mean, Sam and Celaena working with pirates to discover what happened to three of their fellow assassins? What more could I ask for? Sadly, the pirate lord, Rolfe, and their mission fell a little short for me. I did love being reintroduced to Celaena, and just remembering how far she has came from this scared and arrogant sixteen year old. Sam was wonderful; I loved him from first glance and his back-story still breaks my heart. It was weird being actually introduced to Sam, because his memory has played such a big part in the series, it has just felt like I've always known him. Oh, and seeing Arobynn again made me feel a vast array of emotions, too. #0.2) The Assassin and the Healer ★★ This was the novella that felt a little pointless to me. Because of Celaena's actions in The Assassin and the Pirate Lord, she is sent away on a punishment mission. While waiting for a boat to take her to her punishment, she is staying at the White Pig Inn, where she meets a very unique and kindhearted girl named Yrene. I really liked Yrene, and the little bit of her back-story that we received, but this novella just completely felt like filler for me. Maybe we will see Yrene in this series eventually, and then this story will be a lot more meaningful, but as it stands, this story felt the weakest in this bind-up. #0.3) The Assassin and the Desert ★★★★ This novella follows Celaena on her punishment mission with the Silent Assassins. I really liked this story, and it actually is pretty thought provoking on the subject of abuse. Even though we are watching Celaena try to get a letter of recommendation for the Mute Master, we also get to see her inner struggle dealing with her own abusive master. Celaena is now seventeen and realizing all the abusive things that have happened in her life are not normal or okay. Celaena also befriends a young girl named Ansel, and I absolutely devoured her story-arc. Ansel is another character that I pray we get to see in this series eventually. Because of Ansel's story-line we get to see an Ironteeth witch and spider silk, both of which play a huge role in the newer installments of this series! #0.4) The Assassin and the Underworld ★★★★★ Be still, my heart. This novella was everything I wanted from this bind-up and more! Celaena is finally back in Rifthold after her three month journey away. Celaena and Sam discover how much they missed each other, and after a few high sexual tension scenes, they realize how much they like each other. Celaena is able to buy both of their freedom, and they want nothing more than to spend the rest of their life together. Rowan who, again? And freakin' Lysandra is in this story! Her and Celaena are just starting to hate each other, but, oh my gosh, it was so amazing to see these girls at seventeen, knowing how their paths will eventually twists together into something beautiful. Also, Arobynn is such a gross man! #0.5) The Assassin and the Empire ★★★ I love all the scenes in Celaena and Sam's apartment. Oh, how I wish things in this story could have gone differently. We get to see all the filth that goes on in the Vaults, and, unfortunately, Sam is making money fighting there. Sam wants to leave Rifthold very badly, and even though Celaena is unsure, she agrees. They pay Arobynn a huge sum of money to leave his assassin's guild, but Sam wants to finish one last mission on Rifthold before they leave the whole continent. We've all read Throne of Glass, so we all know how this turns out. That doesn't make the events that take place any less heartbreaking. That white stag though. I gave this novella bind-up 3 stars overall, because out of a possible 25 stars (5 stars possible for each of the 5 stories) this bind-up accumulated 17 stars (68%). Blog | Twitter | Tumblr | Instagram | Youtube | Twitch

  28. 4 out of 5

    Caitlin

    I LOVE THIS DAMN BOOK I'm going to work my way through an entire reread of this series and I'm sooooo excited! I honestly forgot how much I love this book.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Lindsay Cummings

    I love this series so much it kills me. Celaena+Sam=ugly crying

  30. 4 out of 5

    Ida

    Update 09.10.2017 because there were lots of spelling mistakes! I knew what was coming. I knew how this story would end. I thought I was prepared for it, but dang was I wrong. I absolutely adore the "Throne of class" series, and because I read most of the series before the prequel, I didnt really think anything would surprise me. But Sarah J. Maas did- in the best way possible. The prequel includes 5 novellas taking place before Throne of Glass. I regret not starting it earlier and I regret fini Update 09.10.2017 because there were lots of spelling mistakes! I knew what was coming. I knew how this story would end. I thought I was prepared for it, but dang was I wrong. I absolutely adore the "Throne of class" series, and because I read most of the series before the prequel, I didn´t really think anything would surprise me. But Sarah J. Maas did- in the best way possible. The prequel includes 5 novellas taking place before Throne of Glass. I regret not starting it earlier and I regret finishing it so damn fast.. And I will forever be a fan of Sam <3

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