The Assassin’s Blade

18243700Author: Sarah J. Maas

Publisher: Bloomsbury Childrens

Series: Throne of Glass (0.1-0.5)

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance

Release Date: March 4, 2014

Format: Hardback from Library

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 {goodreads.com}

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My Review:

The Assassin and the Pirate Lord

This novella was packed full of action. Maas did a wonderful job of portraying Celaena before her heartbreak. She is still unworldly. Yes she is an assassin, but in this story you truly see how young Celaena truly is. Maas also did a wonderful job in introducing Sam. He is such a wonderful foil to Celaena, and not only her equal in assassin qualities, but he also has his own strength and will that shines through this story. Even though this story ends on a hard note, do not fear reader: Maas has even more love and heart break waiting for you!

The Assassin and the Healer

This story really exposed how much of a truly wonderful and courageous woman Celaena is. Celaena is truly a “Richard the Lionheart,” she only wants the best for people and to punish evil doers. In the first book in the series Throne of Glass, Celaena made it known that if she had control of her future she would have trained to become a healer, and when she met the young healer, I believe she saw herself in her. Therefore, Celaena had to do all that should could to save this young woman.

The Assassin and the Desert

This was an interesting development in the saga of Celaena. I felt that this could have been it’s own book. Maas could have expanded more, not that she needed to, but she could have taken it way further. This story uncovers a TON of information about the Celaena we come to know in the Throne of Glass.

The Assassin and the Underworld

This story was about Celaena’s romance with Sam. It was perfect. Too perfect. And we were introduced to the true evil that is Celaena’s mentor Arobynn, and how he sets her up for a lifetime of hurt and anger.

The Assassin and the Empire

A truly devastating conclusion to the experiences that shape who Celaena has become. You read this and cry along with Celaena and when you discover the betrayal you become just as hard as she is, because that is what it is to survive. Hard.

 

Without a doubt this collection of novellas is a full 5 across the boards!

Rating5

 

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