The Assassin's Blade

The Assassin's Blade

The Throne of Glass Novellas

Book - 2014
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In these five prequel novellas to "Throne of Glass," feared assassin Celaena embarks on daring missions that take her from remote islands to hostile deserts, where she fights to liberate slaves and avenge tyranny.
Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury USA c2014
ISBN: 9781619633612
Branch Call Number: MAA
Characteristics: 435 pages : illustrations, map ; 25 cm

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RebelBelle13
Dec 05, 2017

Let me start off by saying that I have NOT yet read SJM's Throne of Glass series. I did some research, and found that most people (including SJM herself) had recommended to start the series at the prequel. So, here we are. I have no previous knowledge of Celaena's world, or the characters that reside in it. This novel did not feel in any way like a prequel. I got plenty of backstory, character development and suspense, in a way I wasn't truly expecting. This novel is actually a set of five small novellas which build on each other- so the separation isn't really necessary- but it's fine as is. I thought I'd quickly go through each so you get a feel of the overarching story.

The Assassin and the Pirate Lord introduces us to Celaena, Sam, and some of their backstory- their purpose and their skills. It's a nice opener, and shows us where both of our main character's priorities lie. There's plenty of action showcasing both Sam and Celaena's abilities. This story sets the stage for the rest of the novel.
The Assassin and the Healer was the shortest of all the novellas, and simply existed to introduce Yrene to the audience. It was decent, and fleshed out Celeana more.
The Assassin and the Desert was my favorite- because Celeana had to really let her guards down and learn a whole new way of fighting- not to mention putting her trust in a new friend and getting in the middle of a deadly feud.
The Assassin and the Underworld was the most forgettable. Sam and Celeana were thrown back together and for the most part, their relationship grew for the better and they learned how to work as a team.
The Assassin and the Empire was my least favorite, but set all the gears in motion for the beginning of Throne of Glass. It was very dark and depressing. It did bring everything together in a nice, neat little bow.
I will have to read Throne of Glass to really cement my feelings on this book- so I'll come back and edit my review then to see if reading the prequel first is a service to the reader or not. All in all, great SJM story and world in the New-adult fantasy genre. I didn't expect anything less.

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Nymeria23
Jun 06, 2017

I'm very glad I read these short stories. Not only did it flesh out Celaena's character for me, it also gave incredible background information, made sense of Celaena's past, and made me love the series even more. I'm not normally one to read prequels, but I enjoyed it and would recommend it if you are interested in getting into the Throne of Glass series.

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evelyno
Jan 24, 2017

This is definitely the best book of this series. I recommend it to all lovers of teen fiction, action, adventure and romance. I like this book better than the others for several reasons. One: it does not include that infuriating second-thought magic plot line that quickly became the only plot line in later books. Two: Sam is alive! Every one of the characters in these books annoy me to at least some degree, Sam included. But the only reason I am annoyed with Sam, my favourite character, is because he cares for Celaena. Think about this realistically. Celaena is a terrible person! Not this many people would throw themselves at her! It was five people in this series. Five! Just consider that. I would not recommend the rest of this series.

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nidofito
Jan 23, 2017

I appreciate the fact that the five novellas were chronologically ordered to give us a full-length novel. The novellas also lets the reader a quick way to decide whether they'll continue on with the series. Celaena is a chore, plain and simple. You either like her or you learn to tolerate her.

I've often thought of Maas' books as the basic b*tch of all books. You might roll your eyes, hate how mainstream it is, but the guilty pleasure of reading her books satisfies the basic b*tch in all of us.

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blue_dog_8329
Dec 21, 2016

If you would like an deep and wonderful journey into Celaena's past, this is the book for you! I would highly recommend this to anyone who loves this series as much as I do.

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janelllim
Aug 03, 2016

I loved this book but it is SO SAD! Arobynn is MUCH more cruel and evil than you think, and is apparently very good at acting. I love these stories except for the last one. Like seriously, WHY Sam? And the ending is horrible. The only thing that cheered me up was that I knew what happened in the future because of Throne of Glass and the rest of the books, but I was still so sad.

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Love_all_books
Aug 01, 2016

I loved this book it was action packed and cool and I'm so exited to get my hands on the second book.

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mmllhh
Jul 01, 2016

I read all the other comments and I was like "oh it can't be THAT bad" but let me tell you I cried for a solid 3 minutes after finishing the book. If you liked Throne of Glass you will have no trouble finishing this book in a few hours, like I did! I literally couldn't stop reading. It was as if I was walking down the street and every corner I turned there was a new occasion, something that pulled me in so that I kept going. Celaena is a little more vain and selfish than she might seem in the main series, but she's still badass nonetheless! And Sam, of course...oh, Sam. If you like adventure, mystery, and a little bit of romance, I highly recommend reading this book!

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BookNerdoftheWorld
Feb 16, 2016

Totally loved this book!!! Heartbreaking at the end but looking forward to the Throne of Glass. Yes...I'm a prequel reader.....Caelaena is one of those heroines you wait for and are the characters you cheer on from the sidelines. Not the goody gumdrops. They're on the other side. The bad guys that mean well 😏 anyway if you like this book I definitely recommend Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo, talk about bad guys.πŸ˜†

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staue
Nov 15, 2015

This was a very interesting view of who Celaena was before the Throne of Glass book and it was awesome to see who Sam Cortland was and let's just say HE'S AMAZING!!! This is well worth the read if you want an extra look into the incredible life of Celaena Sardothian!

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evelyno
Jan 08, 2017

evelyno thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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blue_dog_8329
Dec 21, 2016

blue_dog_8329 thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

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Oct 08, 2016

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mmllhh
Jul 01, 2016

Five novellas featuring Adarlan's most feared assassin, Celaena Sardothien. Plan, conquer, achieve, and cry - pretty much the way Celaena lives throughout the book. She's been betrayed countless times over, but by whom? That is the mystery she must solve again and again as the people she's grown to love are taken away from her. As the other comment suggests, a backstory of the main series.

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graygirl24
Jul 14, 2015

Five novellas about Adarlan's Assassin. Basically backstory on the whole series.

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mmllhh
Jul 16, 2016

"My name is Celaena Sardothien, and I will not be afraid."

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survivalthoughts
Jul 04, 2016

β€œShe would tuck Sam into her heart, a bright light for her to take out whenever things were darkest.”

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