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The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J. Maas

Throne of Glass 0.1 – 0.5

Goodreads rating: 4.46

Paperback, 430 pages

Published: 3 March 2015

ISBN: 0606364404

My rating: 3

Please do not read this review if you have not read at least book 1 in the Throne of Glass series!

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I always love prequel novels and getting a bit of insight into what makes the characters who they are. These prequel novellas were no different. This book consists of 5 short stories that happened in Celaena’s past.

The Assassin and the Pirate Lord: Finally our first real introduction to Sam! In this story Sam and Celaena are not lovers or even friends but rivals. They are sent to negotiate a deal with the Pirate Lord on Arobynn Hamel’s behalf. When things don’t go her way Celaena hatches a little plan of her own and the end result is things changing between her and Sam. The story is a lot of fun and sets the tone for the rest of the novellas.

The Assassin and the Healer: On her way to the Red Dessert to train with the Silent Assassins, Celaena stops at an inn for a few days while she waits for her ship to leave. Yrene Towers is the barmaid at The White Pig Inn where Celaena is staying. After an interesting meeting between the two woman both of their lives are changed! I really enjoyed this short story about a bit of woman power.

The Assassin and the Dessert: This was my favorite of the novellas. Celaena goes into the red dessert to train with the Silent Assassins and their Mute Master. What she doesn’t expect to happen is to make a friend! I love the growth in Celaena during this story in particular, it is such an enjoyable short story.

The Assassin and the Underworld: This was probably my least favorite story in this book. Celaena is back from the red dessert and takes on her first job after her new training, however she is different and so is her relationship with Sam, and not to mention Arobynn. Her and Sam’s relationship continues to evolve and so does Celaena herself. This short story is full of mystery love and betrayal.

The Assassin and the Empire: This is the story I was most nervous to read, knowing the out come of Sam’s death and Celaena’s imprisonment did not make it a smooth read! But it is worth it, knowing the events leading up to the start of an even bigger story as well as setting the scene for the books to come.

Unpopular opinion: I don’t like Sam! There I said it, moving on – these are great prequel novels that give a lot of context to the rest of the story and I would recommend reading them. I read the book after reading Heir of Fire (3rd Throne of Glass book) and I felt that it fit in really well there but you can really read this book at anytime after reading the first Throne of Glass book. Happy reading bookish folks!

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Synopsis:

Celaena Sardothien is Adarlan’s most feared assassin. As part of the Assassin’s Guild, she’s sworn 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 to “Throne of Glas”s, Celaena embarks on five daring missions. They take her from remote islands to hostile deserts, where she fights to liberate slaves and avenge tyranny. But by acting on her own terms, will Celaena truly free herself from her master, or will she suffer an unimaginable punishment for such treachery?This bind-up features all four of the previously published e-novellas along with a story now available in the US for the first time, “The Assassin and the Healer.”

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