Review: ‘Assassin’s Blade’ By Sarah J. Maas

‘The Assassin’s Blade’

By Sarah J. Maas

Publisher:Bloomsbury Publish Date: 2014
Pages: 435
Fiction/Non-Fiction: Fiction
Genre:  Fantasy
Days to Read: 9
Purchase Locations: Amazon and Kindle  Audible Booktopia Book Depository Dymocks QBD

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.

First of all, how did I not know that this book was a compilation of 5 novella prequel stories to ‘Throne of Glass’?

Honestly, sometimes I think I’m living under a rock.

Each of the novellas (I have no idea what else to call them) follows the key months before Celaena is captured.

It was really interesting to read about Celaena before she went to Endovier and to see her evolution as a person. You can really see the humanity and the assassin within her. She is a wonderfully written character full of contradictions.

These novellas also explore the world of ‘Throne of Glass’. I found myself referring to the map more frequently and I really found that it helps immerse readers in the world, or at least I felt that way.

We meet a lot of the ‘Underworld’ characters throughout these novellas which really allowed us as readers to learn who Celaena was dealing with growing up and before she was captured.

Overall I think this series of novellas is a great edition to the Throne of Glass series.

Plot: 7,5/10
Ease of reading: 7/10
Character Development: 8/10
World Building: 9/10
Quality of Writing: 8/10
Overall Rating:   4.5/5

Have you read ‘Assassin’s Blade’? What were your thoughts?

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