The Assassin’s Blade

Title: The Assassin’s Blade
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Series: Throne of Glass series, a collection
Genre: Fantasy, YA
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Release Date: March 4th, 2014

Note: This post reviews a companion of the Throne of Glass series. As it is a collection of novellas that take place before Throne of Glass, it is okay to read this book in any order of the series. I recommend reading it after Heir of Fire, as it introduces some of the characters in the following books. 

Celaena Sardothien, Adarlan’s Assassin and protégé of the King of the Assassins, is the best of the best – and oh does she know it. When she and Sam, a rival assassin, are sent to deal with the Pirate Lord in Skull’s Bay, Celaena must decide whether to follow her master, or follow her conscience. In The Assassin and the Pirate Lord, we see just how far she will go to fight slavery.

We see yet another side to Celaena in The Assassin and the Healer. Celaena is on her way to the Red Desert as a punishment for her actions in Skull’s Bay, when she meets a young woman, trapped in an unwanted life.

Celaena continues on to the Red Desert and reaches the Mute Master in The Assassin and the Desert. She is to spend one month with this group of assassins, and to learn from their master. During this time, Celaena forms an unlikely friendship with Ansel, another assassin.

The Assassin and the Underworld shows Celaena, back in Rifthold yet again. She is assigned to another job involving slavery, and this time, she believes she is doing what is right. With Sam – no longer a rival, but a friend – at her side, she begins to see more clearly who she can trust, and who she cannot.

In the last novella, The Assassin and the Empire, Celaena and Sam know that their place is with each other – and not Arobynn. But as they make plans of their own to start a new life together built on their love, they realize that their master, the King of the Assassins, will not let them off so easily.

I really liked this prequel to the Throne of Glass series! Maas did an excellent job of taking us back in time and showing us Celaena’s life before she is rescued from Endovier.

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