Book Review: The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J. Maas

18243700Title: The Assassin’s Blade

Author: Sarah J. Maas

Format/Length:Paperback/437 pages

Publisher/Date Published: Bloomsbury Australia/ March 4th 2014

Category/Genre: Young Adult/High Fantasy

Source: Bought. Bless you, Dymocks.

Description: 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.

5/5 stars –


If you’ve frequented my blog, then by now you must know that I love Sarah J Maas’s Throne of Glass series, so when it was announced that the novellas were being released into a paperback format — I was pretty dang happy. Usually, I’m not one for novellas or short stories — but these blew me away. I’ve decided that I’ll go through each novella individually.

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The Assassin and the Pirate Lord. This is where the reader is first introduced to Sam — well, the first time where we get to meet Sam, not just hear about same from Celaena’s point of view in Throne of Glass — and, hilariously enough, Sam and Celaena don’t really like each other. Well. Celaena doesn’t like Sam, but their relationship isn’t all romantic from the start. Which loved. I loved watching their relationship grow and develop through the novellas (even though I completely dreaded the last novella, for obvious reasons…). In this novella, Sam and Celaena free slaves which are bound for Adarlan — against Arobynn’s orders.

The Assassin and the Healer. I especially loved this story! I loved the brief relationship that struck up between Yrene and Celaena. It wasn’t a particularly earth-shattering story, but it didn’t need to be, either. It showed the softer side of Celaena that makes her so likeable.

The Assassin and the Desert. This was definitely one of my favourite novellas. Of course, I loved them all — but Ansel! Oh, if only there was another story about her… She was such a great character and I would have loved to see what happened after the events of The Assassin and the Desert.

The Assassin and the Underworld. Arobynn’s an asshole. That’s all I have to say for this one.

The Assassin and the Empire. I do not have the words — nor do I have the emotional capacity — to review this one. So please sit back and enjoy my selection of GIFs that accurately describe my feelings.

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8 thoughts on “Book Review: The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J. Maas

  1. FEEEEEEELINGS. This book tore my heart out, stamped on it, and then laughed. Like, I KNEW what would happen with Sam and it still devastated me. Whyyyy. He could’ve at least gone nice and quick BUT IT WAS HORRIBLE. I love Sam just as much as Chaol and that’s saying something. Also: smaller Celeana was really snarky. Hehe. I just don’t get why these are short stories. You can’t really read them out of order. It kind of just should’ve been one prequel book, I reckon.

  2. YESSS I am so glad you enjoyed these novellas Kara, this is one of the best books I’ve read all year because it offered so much in terms of character development for Celaena, Sam and Arobynn! It helped me understand her so much better, especially knowing what she’s gone through.

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