The Assassin's Blade by Sarah J. Maas Book Review

Updated: Jan 24, 2021

The Assassin's Blade

by Sarah J. Maas

Published by Bloomsbury

Collection of 5 Prequel Novellas in the Throne of Glass Series

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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Assassin's Blade by Sarah J Maas is a compilation book of five prequel novellas, centered around assassin Celaena Sardothien before the events of the main series take place. The book contains 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. Instead of rating each story, I will rate the book as a whole. I do have thoughts though on each story, so, be prepared.

First off, I didn't start off by reading the prequel novellas, because I was a little nervous I wouldn't understand what was going on. Prequels are interesting things. They can be written in a way where they feel like an introduction to the world, and you won't feel like you are missing anything. Or, they are written in a way that makes you think you should have read the main series first. So that's what I did. BUT, I think if you were to read these novellas after the first one, or if you wanted to read it in chronological order, you wouldn't be lost. They are great set up stories, and really give Throne of Glass readers some deep insight into how Celaena ended up in the salt mines. I do highly suggest you at least read this novella before you start Empire of Storms.

The Assassin and the Pirate Lord

This novella really brought me back to the first book, and my first impression of Celaena. Arrogant, and not all that likable. But enjoyable nonetheless, because it was really the first step she takes toward a journey she, at the time, has no intention of taking. We meet Sam, and I was surprised that, and yes, spoiler time, --------->that they were enemies for so long. Throughout the series, I figured they were close for a lot longer. Although, it's obvious Sam has feelings for Celaena, and while Celaena is the planner in freeing the slaves, Celaena partnering up with Sam was the catalyst of their relationship. <----------

The Assassin and the Healer

This novella is probably the shortest of the book, and features two characters, our favorite assassin Celaena, and a young healer who works as a barmaid, Yrene Towers. --------->which, if you have read the series already, you know ends up being very important in the future of the series<--------- While Celaena is on her way to the Red Desert, as part of her punishment from Arobynn after costing him a lot of money by freeing the slaves in The Assassin and the Pirate Lord, she comes across Yrene Towers, a young healer, who is trying to make money for the travel to the southern continent to train as a healer. When Yrene runs into trouble in the alley by the inn, Celaena saves her, and takes the time to teach Yrene how to defend herself, and only asks that if she finds another woman who will listen, to teach them. Before Celaena leaves on her ship, she makes sure to leave Yrene a much needed gift. I thought this was a cute little story that sets up the events in Tower of Dawn nicely.