The Assassins Blade (review)

Thursday, February 12, 2015

the assassins blade by sarah j maas
Title: The Assassin's Blade (Throne of Glass 0.1-0.5)
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Rating: 4

“Contains all five novellas.

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.”
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The Assassin and the Pirate Lord


What was Celaena like before she was sent to the salt mines? How did her relationship with Sam begin? I knew this book would answer those questions, what I didn't realize was how entertaining I would find each individual story.

One of the things I like most about Sarah J. Maas' writing is the incredible growth her characters undertake. Celaena in every single book is different from the one before. This Celaena fits perfectly at the beginning of her character arc. She is exactly who I imagined her to be. We have the girl who is hiding from her past, the assassin she is trained to, and yet, we see glimpses of who she will become. Having read this book after reading Heir of Fire, I have no trouble looking believing this Celaena will become the one from Heir.

I liked this story. I really liked getting to know Sam. I already knew some about him, but it was still nice meeting him myself. He was pretty much what I expected, and while I will never love his character, he was exactly what Celaena needed at that point in her life.

The Assassin and the Healer


Celaena's actions have cost her more than just lost favor. Now she is on her way to see out another master assassin and to study under him or else her master will be even more displeased.

This was probably my second to least favorite story. Celaena is dealing with the consequences of her misadventure with the pirate lord. On one hand I liked her interactions with the barmaid and the empowering messages the story had. But on the other, it just wasn't what I was expecting.

The Assassin and the Desert


You really get to see Celaena's strength coming through in this story. She knows she has no choice but to do as her master commanded, and while she is not pleased with her punishment, she is determined to see it through. Her strength really shines in this one, and that is part of the reason this is my favorite story of them all.

By this point in the book, you really see how each story is interconnected not only to each other, but you start to see how her past blends right in to the world created over three books. Which is pretty cool since the world in book three is far larger and deeper than the one we were introduced to in book one. Each story here hits places or people that related to that larger world. I started wondering just how these people introduced matter to the overall story. Will they come back? Will we find out what happened to them afterwards?

The Assassin and the Underworld


I knew exactly what this story was about from the very beginning. Anyone who's read the other books in this series, knew exactly what was going to happen before the end. I'm torn between this one and the Pirate Lord one as my second favorite stories. This one had a lot of action, drama, and romance. But it was also very predictable and Celaena slightly annoyed me. After the events of the first three stories, she had to have know her place was threatened. She had to have seen that her master wasn't the great man she always believed him too be. So why did she allow him to manipulate her like that? It was like we stepped back from the Celaena from the desert and leaped forward to the Celaena the slave.

The Assassin and the Empire


This one wasn't so much a story as it was a bridge between the events that shattered Celaena's life and the start of book one. It was still entertaining to read, but it wasn't as high stakes as the others. Or maybe that was because I knew going in what her final destination was going to be. There is just not much for me to say about this one.

Words To Live By

"It was for the safety of whatever fool tried to break in- and would then find himself split open from naval to nose just to satisfy a wandering assassins' boredom."

"And education and culture were equally important- words could be just as deadly as steel."

"If you can endure pain, you can survive anything. Some people learn to embrace it- to love it. Some endure it through drowning it in sorrow, or by making themselves forget. Others turn it into anger."


Overall, I really liked this book. The Assassin's Blade could be read at any point during the Throne of Glass and still be fully appreciated. If you haven't started the Throne of Glass series yet, then you have no excuse not to pick this book and start today.


  1. Since we have a while to wait until book 4, I think I will have to check this out!
    Missie @ A Flurry of Ponderings

    1. You should. It was definitely worth the read. Learned more than I thought I was going to about her past.

      Thank you for stopping by!


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