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The Assassin's Blade (Throne of Glass, #0.1-0.5)

By Sarah J. Maas
The Assassin's Blade (Throne of Glass, #0.1-0.5) by Sarah J. Maas digital book - Fable

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Publisher Description

Discover where Celaena Sardothien's thrilling saga began.

Celaena Sardothien is her kingdom's most feared assassin. Though she works for the powerful and ruthless Assassin's Guild, Celaena yields to no-one and trusts only her fellow killer-for-hire, Sam.

When Celaena's scheming master, Arobynn Hamel, dispatches her on missions that take her from remote islands to hostile deserts, she finds herself acting independently of his wishes—and questioning her own allegiance. Along the way, she makes friends and enemies alike, and discovers that she feels far more for Sam than just friendship. But by defying Arobynn's orders, Celaena risks unimaginable punishment, and with Sam by her side, he is in danger, too. They will have to risk it all if they hope to escape Arobynn's clutches—and if they fail, they'll lose not just a chance at freedom, but their lives...

A prequel to Throne of Glass, this collection of five novellas offers listeners a deeper look into the history of this cunning assassin and her enthralling—and deadly—world.

Included in this volume:

The Assassin and the Pirate Lord
The Assassin and the Healer
The Assassin and the Desert
The Assassin and the Underworld
The Assassin and the Empire

2077 Reviews

Surprised Face with Open Mouth“Honestly liked it. Was slow at first but picked up after 1st half. Enjoyed the characters, and well written. Honestly wasn't sure when to read it, but read b4 TOG. We will see how I feel about it later”
Believable charactersDiverse charactersMulti-layered charactersDescriptive writingUnpredictableDark settingHeartbreaking
Thumbs Up“I read Assassin’s Blade after finishing Heir of Fire and I’m glad that’s when I did it. I don’t think the novellas did Calaena’s feelings for Sam justice so knowing how much he meant to her going into this made it so much more heartbreaking. And while I read this in a day, it wasn’t my favorite, definitely enjoyed each new story but it was nothing to crazy or exciting. I’m incredibly angry with the ending and hope Calaena gets her revenge.”
Characters change and growLikable charactersEasy to readFast-pacedHeartbreakingViolence
Surprised Face with Open Mouth“I read this book 3rd in the series (after CoM) and my heart absolutely broke for Celaena 😭 In the first two books I was always wondering why she kept so many secrets from people and it now completely makes sense! SJMs writing is so immersive that even though I knew what was going to happen in this book she still managed to make me cry. I cannot wait to continue the rest of this series”
Characters change and growMulti-layered charactersDescriptive writingAddictiveFast-pacedImmersive settingDarkHeartbreaking
Slightly Smiling Face“These novellas are fantastic! I didn’t anticipate that they would be so close in the timeline to ToG and would pick up one after another. I really love that we got to really see Celaena in action, and in a myriad of different circumstances. It was delightful, heartbreaking, and twisty/turny. I’m torn on the reading order. I see the arguments for reading this book first, and the arguments for reading it 3rd or 4th. I read it 3rd, after Crown of Midnight… Overall I think that worked for me.”
Characters change and growMulti-layered charactersDescriptive writingFast-pacedSuspensefulTwistyImmersive settingHeartbreaking
Slightly Smiling Face“I have surprisingly enjoyed this, more than I expected. The writing is very accessible and the prose flows and the story is captivating. I normally read darker stories and that was the main lacking item for me. The story is engaging but felt like it could go up a notch with more adult themed moments. Can't down-score the book for this, as it is a YA novel. I am engaged with characters and the assassin themes. I thought it was impressive that this book could contain 5 assassin based stories and yet still fit in enough twists and turns and variability to keep it fresh.”
Believable characters

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