Review: The Assassin’s Blade

Aug •  6 •  2015
Review: The Assassin’s BladeThe Assassin's Blade by Sarah J. Mass
Series: Throne of Glass 0.1-0.5
Published by Bloomsbury USA Childrens on August 6, 2015
Genres: Young Adult -Fantasy
Source: Bought
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Celaena Sardothien is Adarlan's most feared assassin. As part of the Assassins' 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 prequel 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 . . . Explore the dark underworld of this kick-ass heroine and find out how the legend begins in the five page-turning prequel novellas to the New York Times bestselling Throne of Glass series.

The Assassin and the Pirate Lord 0.1

I feel that this was a really good opening in introducing Celaena Sardothien and Sam who are sent to collect something from a pirate lord. We see different sides to Celaena and she is not just someone who goes and does a mission and that is it, she questions and she uses her judgements and even though they may go against her master’s orders she does what she feels is best. We see a small buildup in her and Sam’s relationship and even though there is banter between them, there is something forming.

The Assassin and the Healer 0.2

This did set back the story a little, I didn’t see much to this addition to the story except we are introduced to a character in which Celaena helps her by pushing her to make a decision that will benefit her. Maybe deep down Sarah Mass has a sceme to bring this healer back into the series but up till now we just see more awesomeness from Celaena and her way of fighting.

The Assassin and the Desert 0.3

This novella brings more of Celaena’s character to picture in the sense we we are introduced to more sides of her that can make her be a loveable character. It I always good for someone who thinks high of themselves to be knocked down a level to the reality of what is going on around them. The events that took place in the novella I am sure we will see more of it later on. Favorite one so far!

The Assassin and the Underworld 0.4

This is where the saying don’t trust anyone but yourself comes into play. I loved how Sam and Celaens’s relationship was building  more and more even though there were some times I wanted to scream at them for being stupid. However, I wanted to yell at someone much more. Even now I have to take deep breaths so I do not lose myself. But this does bring the stakes up even more for Celaena as an assassin.

The Assassin and the Empire 0.5

So this is the one where you get the tissue box at hand and get ready to cry until your body becomes dehydrated because of the amount of tears you cried. Um. Hate is a strong word but it is one in which I could use for Arobynn Hamel. Sarah Mass just struck a chord in my emotions and I was truthfully not ready for it.

Overall I encourage all readers to read these novellas before starting the Throne of Glass because it will give you a much better perspective on what you are getting yourself into. Sarah J. Mass is an author I should have not doubted and I am glad I picked this up because I will immediately picking up the next series.

Happy Reading!




1 Comment

  1. Hazel Bear
    Aug 6, 2015

    Been wanting to read the Throne of Glass series, and I appreciate e the note that this might be better to start with. I just started following your blog when I found your Net Galley advice (which was awesome!) and I gotta tell you how much I love your design and the actual blog reviews!