Title: The Assassin’s Blade
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Series: Throne of Glass #0.1-0.5
Published: 2014 by Bloomsbury Children’s Books
Genre: Fantasy; Young Adult; Romance
Length: 435 pages
Goodreads’ Rating: 4.49 / 5 stars
My Rating: 💜💜💜💜💜
Celaena Sardothien is Ardalan’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 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 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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This book was fantastic! I was so glad to be back in the world of Endovier and Celaena Sardothien. I didn’t realise how much I missed her.
This book contained five novellas of the story of Celaena, and in each one she undergoes a new challenge. Even though they were technically five separate books, they were able to be read as one novel and they flowed beautifully..of course.
We follow the assassin through her missions – the first of which is freeing the slaves that her master sent her over to acquire. This lead to a major punishment of being sent to train in the desert, when she returned her mission was the beginning of a betrayal that she could not get past.
This book was full of adventure, love, friendship, heartbreak and betrayal at the hands of those you least expected – it will cause you to experience a flood of different feels.
The main characters in this story were multi-dimensional and wonderful to follow.
Celaena was brave and fierce and she felt so deeply at so many different points, my heart broke for her on more than one occasion. She and Sam were just perfect.
Sam, who was her rival for so long, became her partner in the first mission and her friend from then on. He was loving and handsome but deadly at the same time – you couldn’t help but fall for him.
The master – Arobynn Hamel was an awful person, but he worked in the story brilliantly, setting the scene for his character being discussed in the next book Throne of Glass. He was definitely my least-favourite character.
Before reading this book, I had only read Throne of Glass – I am quite thankful for this as I could remember the beginning of that one and appreciate how it linked up with the end of The Assassin’s Blade. I am really looking forward to getting to the rest of the series!
Thank you for reading my review of The Assassin’s Blade. Until next time, happy reading!
About the Author:
Sarah J. Maas lives in Bucks County, PA, and over the years, she has developed an unhealthy appreciation for Disney movies and bad pop music. She adores fairy tales and ballet, drinks too much tea, and watches an ungodly amount of T.V.. When she is not busy writing, she can be found exploring the historic and beautiful Pennsylvania countryside with her husband and canine companion.
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