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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.
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Sarah J. Maas is the #1 New York Times and internationally bestselling author of the Throne of Glass, Court of Thorns and Roses, and Crescent City series. Her books have sold millions of copies and are published in thirty-seven languages. Sarah lives with her husband, son, and dog.
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- Publisher : Bloomsbury YA; 1st edition (13 March 2014)
- Language : English
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- Print length : 449 pages
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Reviewed in Australia on 14 May 2021
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Full of the classic SJM heart
I am glad that I started this series with this series of novellas… I have read in many places suggesting to read this book later on even though it was published before the rest of the throne of glass series but I’m glad I followed the chronological order.
World building and character building is amazing as usual and as usual, what I found the most endearing is the relationships between characters and character development. Sarah has an amazing ability to give so much heart and also sometimes evil in a very talented and wholehearted way in laying down aspects that will later on make a heartbreak unbearably painful.
I loved these collection of novellas… I think it sets up the series and the character and what I’m guessing is the depth of the relationships that are going to come into celeana‘s life in the rest of the series. I am ready although I do hope she will have a chance to tie up loose ends that were required in these novellas.
The Assassin and The Pirate Lord is the first novella in The Assassins Blade book collection, which is a prequel to The Throne of Glass series.
This is the first book I have read by Sarah J. Maas after be recommended it. I wasn’t sure which one to start. But I thought I’ll give this one a go as I love a good female assassin and would like to read about one.
I did like getting to meet Celaena, this 16 year old assassin that is the best of the best, surpassing her peers. Sam was a whole other subject, I’m a little unsure of what to make of him, at the beginning of the book he seemed like he hated Calaena. So I’m waiting to see how things go with them.
Celaena Sardothien a 16 year old female and was Adarlan’s Assassin, the right arm of Arobynn Hamel. Everyone knows of her but no one besides the Adarlan’s Assassin know who she really is or what she looks like. She is feared, and is always wearing her mask and cloak, which makes her look like a demon.
Sent on a mission with fellow assassin Sam by the Assassin’s Guild to collect a debt owed by Lord of The Pirates Rolfe. But what Calaena thought was supposed to be payment in money turns out to be in slaves instead, her mission changes. She will risk everything including her life to right the wrong.
Book 0.2 - The Assassin and The Healer 3⭐️
The Assassin and The Healer is the second novella in The Assassins Blade book collection, which is a prequel to The Throne of Glass series.
Ok, I’m still really not sure what my thoughts are about this series as this is the second book I have read by this author. But being a novella they are not usually the best books to use to make the best decision on an authors writing skills and capability, so I will continue to finish these novellas and see how I go.
After ruining the Assassin King’s slavery trade deal with the Pirate Lord in ‘The Assassin and The Pirate Lord’, Calaena is being sent to the Red Desert. Having had to wait two days for a ship to arrive at this port town Innish, Celaena is bored and itching for a fight. Sitting in the back of the inn wearing a hooded cloak, a ruby broach and weapons, she was hoping to catch the eye of someone wanting to steal her gold, weapons or broach she wore.
Yrene Towers wanted to be a healer like her mother, had set off on a journey to get to Antica, where she could train at the Torre Cesme, the Great Academy for healers and physicians. But had ran out of coin and ended up at The White Pig Inn working as a barmaid where she had plan to make enough money to continue on her journey.
On her last night before leaving Innish, Celaena finds Yrene in trouble with mercenaries behind the inn and saves her. As a parting at the end of the novella Celaena leaves a leather pouch on Yrene’s bed in hopes it will help her with her future.
Book 0.3 - The Assassin and The Desert 3⭐️
The Assassin and The Desert is the third novella in The Assassins Blade book collection, which is a prequel to The Throne of Glass series.
After ruining a deal between her Master and The Pirate Lord, Celaena Sardothien had been punished to travel to the Red Desert to train with The Silent Assassins to learn obedience and discipline. It had been two months since Celaena and another Assassin Sam Cortland had been sent to Skull’s Bay to claim an unknown payment of slaves. Not sitting well with it both Celaena and Sam helped release the slaves. But not without consequences to herself. After return back to the Guild her Master Arobynn Hamel had given her a beating, then sent her on this mission. Now a month later the bruises and cuts were healing on her face. After making it to the Hidden Fortress of The Silent Assassin’s, Celaena is introduced to Ansel, who would be her roommate whilst staying there. They soon become friends along with the Masters son Ilias and Mikhail.
This book would have to be the best so far of the novellas that I have read. I loved the Mute Master, he is kinder than Arrobyn Hamel and treats his assassins better than Arrobyn ever will. The Silent Assassins are more of a brotherhood and worked together, they all seem to get along. No one ever seems to try out do the other unlike the Adarlan’s Assassins. Being sent to the Red Desert to be trained obedience and discipline might have been the best thing to happen to Celaena as the change of setting, atmosphere and Master allowed her to think about her life and treatment she was receiving from her Master whilst also improving her skills.
Book 0.4 - The Assassin and The Underworld 3⭐️
I really enjoyed this book more. It seems the more I read from Sarah J. Maas the more I enjoy her work. The Assassin and The Underworld is the fourth novella in The Assassins Blade book collection, which is a prequel to The Throne of Glass series.
Celaena Sardothien was finally back home to the Assassin Fort after being sent away to the Red Desert to train with the Mute Master of the Silent Assassins. With trunks full of gold to pay off the debt she owes to her master for her freedom, with her own apartment waiting. But she is unable to get the words out to tell Arobynn Hamel, he apologises and showers her with gifts. He even gives her a mission to help save some slaves. So wanting to trust her master and redeem herself after ruining the last mission he sent her on, Celaena is going to make sure that this one is a success.
I do feel for Celaena, she has been dealt one bad hand after another. She doesn’t know anything better than what she has be told and shown from her master, she is supposed to be his successor but he hides things and is constantly lying to her. But then the way he lashes at her at the end, I just wanted to strangle in. But she is lucky she has Sam.
When I first meet Sam in The Assassin and The Pirate Lord I wasn’t a fan of him. I felt like he was a snake in the grass waiting to strike. I did have a feeling that he did like Celaena but I thought he wanted power more. But as the book went on my feelings towards him changed. But then this book changed my opinion of him completely. He really does care for her and as it shows she does care about him as well. It’s young love, it’s sweet, innocent and beautiful.
Arobynn is such a massive @#!+% hole, he treats both Celaena and Sam terrible and he lies and deceives them around every corner.
Book 0.5 - The Assassin and The Empire 3⭐️
The Assassin and The Empire is the fifth novella in The Assassins Blade book collection, which is a prequel to The Throne of Glass series.
A month after finally being free from her Master Arobynn Hamel, after paying her and Sam Cortland’s debt off, living in her own place away from the Guild, Celaena Sardothien thought things would work out. She’d walked away from her life as Arobynn’s protégée. A decision she did not regret especially not after he had betrayed her, he’d humiliated, lied, and used her. Then to top it off he used her money she paid to free herself to win Lysandra’s Bidding just to spite her. But now she wanted a fresh start to move away with Sam but she needed Arobynn’s blessing to do so, but what would it cost her this time to do so?
I have been on the fence with these novella’s as I’m not real sure about how I feel. I’ve never really been a fan of novellas as I don’t feel that the story is able to be portrayed to its best ability when it’s limited on pages. But I do have to admit that as the books went along the stories did get better and better and more enjoyable.
Celaena has grown so much on me over these past 5 novella’s at first I found her to be very immature, stuck up and very childish and erratic. But now as she has grown her eyes have opened and she isn’t just blindly following orders. She has gone through so much from loosing Ben a friend in the first book, being lied to about a debt collection, being beaten, sent to a desert, lied to again, betrayed, lost a loved one Sam 😭 and now set up and sent to the Salt Mines. How is she going to be able to get herself out of this mess?
Noooo, not Sam. Just when I started to like him and enjoy having him around you go and do this to me...
Highly recommended to read this book even if you aren’t going to read the series or have decided not to finish the series like me.
My heart has been all over the place as I traveled the path of this story, at times I wanted to climb into the story and stand by Celaena.
Oh Sam! My heart is cracked.
Now I am off to enter the world of 'A Throne of Glass'.
Still hard to put down after a second read. Im now looking forward to rereading the whole series before starting on the 7th book which has just come out.
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𝙃𝙚 𝙬𝙖𝙨 𝙨𝙤 𝙗𝙚𝙖𝙪𝙩𝙞𝙛𝙪𝙡- 𝙨𝙤 𝙛𝙪𝙡𝙡 𝙤𝙛 𝙖𝙡𝙡 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙩𝙝𝙞𝙣𝙜𝙨 𝙩𝙝𝙖𝙩 𝙨𝙝𝙚 𝙬𝙖𝙣𝙩𝙚𝙙,𝙖𝙡𝙡 𝙩𝙝𝙖𝙩 𝙨𝙝𝙚 𝙝𝙤𝙥𝙚𝙙 𝙛𝙤𝙧. 𝙃𝙤𝙬 𝙝𝙖𝙙 𝙨𝙝𝙚 𝙣𝙚𝙫𝙚𝙧 𝙣𝙤𝙩𝙞𝙘𝙚𝙙 𝙩𝙝𝙖𝙩 𝙪𝙣𝙩𝙞𝙡 𝙩𝙝𝙞𝙨 𝙮𝙚𝙖𝙧? 𝙃𝙤𝙬 𝙝𝙖𝙙 𝙨𝙝𝙚 𝙨𝙥𝙚𝙣𝙩 𝙨𝙤 𝙡𝙤𝙣𝙜 𝙝𝙖𝙩𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙝𝙞𝙢?
So Assassin Blade is a novella, we get a look into Celaena Sardothien’s life before what happened in the Throne of glass. Now depending on when you read this book, you will read and see it differently, as I had read the Throne Of Glass first I think it pulled my heartstrings more as I knew some of the things that were going to happen. After reading this omg my heart truly breaks for Celaena you truly get a look in of her life with the King of Assassin, Arobynn Hamel.Celaena works for the Assassin Guild, she is the most feared assassin of her kingdom and is Arobynn Hamel protegee and heir. I was excited to meet one of the characters, Sam Cortland, another of Arobynn assassins. I loved Sam. He is a strong and loyal friend to celaena and I loved how their relationship and the trust built between them both through the book. I loved the five different stories we had in Assassin Blade too. It was very well done.
"𝙈𝙮 𝙣𝙖𝙢𝙚 𝙞𝙨 𝘾𝙚𝙡𝙖𝙚𝙣𝙖 𝙎𝙖𝙧𝙙𝙤𝙩𝙝𝙞𝙚𝙣," 𝙨𝙝𝙚 𝙬𝙝𝙞𝙨𝙥𝙚𝙧𝙚𝙙," 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙄 𝙬𝙞𝙡𝙡 𝙣𝙤𝙩 𝙗𝙚 𝙖𝙛𝙧𝙖𝙞𝙙."
This book really does get to all your emotions, I had tears and devastation, full of action and love and friendship and finding out who they can really trust. This is definitely a book you need to read if you haven't yet, and having started the series it explains a lot of why Celaena is the way she is. We meet a lot of new faces and some of the characters we hear about in Throne Of Glass. I admire Celaena a lot more now too, everything she has been through and she still carries on the way she does. She is truly an amazing character and a strong and sometimes reckless, and kickass young lady and I can't wait to read the rest of the series to see where it takes us. Absolutely love this series. It is truly phenomenal as it is becoming one of my favourite fantasies.
Despite having read the entire original series and knowing some of the back story, I read this collection of stories with my kindle mere inches from my face. It was amazing, tense, beautiful, and thoroughly captivating. I loved returning to this world, to Celeana Sardothien and her quick wit and sass, and to Adarlan (despite it's flaws).
So not only would I highly recommend this and the other books but I would quite like to climb into the world and live in it.
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David's books are non stop action from start to finish so differ from Sarah's style. But despite that, she does a good job of building the scene and the climax of each adventure is well written and engaging, so much so that I have already invested in all the other Titles!
I know some people say not to read this book first, but personally I have to read books in chronological order - I cant abide going back to see earlier 'takes' when I already know what the future holds. But each to their own.