#48 The Assassin’s Blade.


This review will be a combined review of all five novella’s. They’re bound together into one book: The Assassin’s Blade. I’ll provide you with the information for both the complete book as every seperate novella. My review will be on each seperate novella.

 

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. Goodreads.

 

Sarah J. Maas - The Assassin's BladeAbout the book:

Author: Sarah J. Maas

Book length: 448 pages

Published: March 4, 2014

Series: A Throne of Glass #0.1-0.5

Genre: Fantasy, YA, Fiction, Romance

Rating:  ink-and-feather-quill-clipartink-and-feather-quill-clipartink-and-feather-quill-clipartink-and-feather-quill-clipartink-and-feather-quill-clipart5 out of 5 quills

Started reading: August 14

Finished reading: August 17

“There was no way in hell she was going to move to the southern continent without all of her books.”

 

The Assassin and the Pirate Lord.

Synopsis:

On a remote island in a tropical sea, Celaena Sardothien, feared assassin, has come for retribution. She’s been sent by the Assassin’s Guild to collect on a debt they are owed by the Lord of the Pirates. But when Celaena learns that the agreed payment is not in money, but in slaves, her mission suddenly changes—and she will risk everything to right the wrong she’s been sent to bring about. Goodreads.

 

Sarah J. Maas - The Assassin and the Pirate LordAbout the book:

Author: Sarah J. Maas

Published: January 13, 2012

Series: A Throne of Glass #0.1

Genre: Fantasy, YA, Fiction, Novella, Short Story

Rating:  ink-and-feather-quill-clipartink-and-feather-quill-clipartink-and-feather-quill-clipartink-and-feather-quill-clipartink-and-feather-quill-clipart5 out of 5 quills

Started reading: August 14

Finished reading: August 14

“Nervous?” he asked, his voice barely audible above the steady slice of his oars through the calm bay.
“No,” she lied.
“Me too.”

The Assassin and the Healer.

Synopsis:

Meet the Assassin: beautiful, defiant, destined for greatness. Celaena Sardothien has challenged her master. Now she must pay the price. Her journey to the Red Desert will be an arduous one, but it may change the fate of her cursed world forever… Goodreads.

 

Sarah J. Maas - The Assassin and the HealerAbout the book:

Author: Sarah J. Maas

Published: March 30, 2012

Series: A Throne of Glass #0.2

Genre: Fantasy, YA, Fiction, Short Story, Novella

Rating:  ink-and-feather-quill-clipartink-and-feather-quill-clipartink-and-feather-quill-clipartink-and-feather-quill-clipartink-and-feather-quill-clipart5 out of 5 quills

Started reading: August 15

Finished reading: August 15

“The girl wore her scars the way some women wore their finest jewelry.”

The Assassin and the Desert.

Synopsis:

The Silent Assassins of the Red Desert aren’t much for conversation, and Celaena Sardothien wouldn’t have it any other way. She’s not there to chatter, she’s there to hone her craft as the world’s most feared killer for hire. When the quiet is shattered by forces who want to destroy the Silent Assassins, Celaena must find a way to stop them, or she’ll be lucky to leave the desert alive. Goodreads.

 

Sarah J. Maas - The Assassin and the DesertAbout the book:

Author: Sarah J. Maas

Published: March 30, 2012

Series: A Throne of Glass #0.3

Genre: Fantasy, YA, Short Story, Novella, Fiction

Rating:  ink-and-feather-quill-clipartink-and-feather-quill-clipartink-and-feather-quill-clipartink-and-feather-quill-clipartink-and-feather-quill-clipart5 out of 5 quills

Started reading: August 16

Finished reading: August 16

“Hisli’s tail flicked to the side as the arrow buried itself in the sand just inches behind her rear hooves. But Ansel didn’t dare look over he shoulder. She kept riding, and she did not stop. Celeana lowered her bow and watched until Ansel disappeared beyond the horizon. One arrow, that had been her promise. But she’s also promised Ansel that she’s had twenty minutes to get out of range.
Celeana had fired after twenty-one.”

The Assassin and the Underworld.

Synopsis:

When the King of the Assassins gives Celaena Sardothien a special assignment that will help fight slavery in the kingdom, she jumps at the chance to strike a blow against an evil practice. The misson is a dark and deadly affair which takes Celaena from the rooftops of the city to the bottom of the sewer–and she doesn’t like what she finds there. Goodreads.

 

Sarah J. Maas - The Assassin and the UnderworldAbout the book:

Author: Sarah J. Maas

Published: May 1, 2012

Series: A Throne of Glass #0.4

Genre: Fiction, Fantasy, YA, Novella, Short Story, Romance

Rating:  ink-and-feather-quill-clipartink-and-feather-quill-clipartink-and-feather-quill-clipartink-and-feather-quill-clipartink-and-feather-quill-clipart5 out of 5 quills

Started reading: August 17

Finished reading: August 17

“I have no name,” she purred. “I’m whoever the keepers of my fate tell me to be.”

The Assassin and the Empire.

Synopsis:

Celaena Sardothien is the assassin with everything: a place to call her own, the love of handsome Sam, and, best of all, freedom. Yet, she won’t be truly free until she is far away from her old master, Arobynn Hamel; Celaena must take one last daring assignment that will liberate her forever. But having it all, means you have a lot to lose . . . Goodreads.

 

Sarah J. Maas - The Assassin and the EmpireAbout the book:

Author: Sarah J. Maas

Published: July 20, 2012

Series: A Throne of Glass #0.5

Genre: Fantasy, YA, Fiction, Romance, Short Story, Novella

Rating:  ink-and-feather-quill-clipartink-and-feather-quill-clipartink-and-feather-quill-clipartink-and-feather-quill-clipartink-and-feather-quill-clipart5 out of 5 quills

Started reading: August 17

Finished reading: August 17

““When we die,” she said, “I don’t think the gods will even know what to do with us.”

What did I think of these novellas? [spoilers]

The Assassin and the Pirate Lord

What an adventure this novella was. This is my introduction into the series. I loved it. It was cunning, witty, adventurous, dangerous, funny and exciting to read. I met Celaena Sardothien and Sam Cortland and learned who they were and what they do for a living. This story grabbed me from the start!! As Celaena is a very intruiging personality and the rivalry and feelings between her and Sam are fun to witness. For me this was a perfect introduction into the series, now all I need is a parrot and some rum.. Arghh!!

 

The Assassin and the Healer

This novella is the first part in the story of how Celaena is punished for her actions in the first novella. Here she’s stuck in a stinky, rotten place – called Innihs – in a stinky, rotten ‘inn’. We learn that she truly loves to fight and goes looking for them or starts them herself. We meet Yrene Towers, the barmaid with a lost life dream. Rotting away in that filthy bar, always careful and a bit afraid one of the disgusting, drunk customers will harm her. But her life dream is to study in Antica to become a well trained healer. A gift her mother gave her, a gift she wants to use to help others, a gift unused because her money ran out and she got stuck in Innish… In this story we see Celaena’s more human side. A side where she wants Yrene to be able to protect herself and to be able to furfill her life-long dream. A side where she’s not the selfish, spoiled Celaena she always is – and loves to be.

 

The Assassin and the Desert

The story of Celaena’s punishment has arrived at its destination. The Deserted Lands where The Silent Assassins train. Her punishment was to train with the Master of the Silent Assassins and return with a letter of approval. This turns out to be more difficult than Celaena thought. Her notoriety here is next to nothing. A road where she has to convince the Master to train her, get his approval and return home. She has a month. In that month she has a dear friend, has some fun with Astorian horses, learns how to act and move like an asp, flirts but has blocking thoughts, walks a lot of miles, scoops a lot of horse dung and saves the day. One is a traitor, only one suspected something but had hope, no one else saw this coming. The Assassins mourn, Celaena loses a dear friend, but wins the end.

I truly love this novella, it shows me how brave one can be. How one can make friends when she never had one, how one chooses the right thing after betrayal and how one literally bites the dust to do her duty and earn approval and forgiveness.

 

The Assassin and the Underworld

The betrayal continues, but Celaena doesn’t know. Her story with Sam does improve though. And she gets another chance to free more slaves, she thinks. She works with Sam, she grows with Sam and she does what she thinks is right. A story where Celeana believes and gets betrayed even more. Where she fights for her life, her love and her freedom.

I love it, these novellas come together so smoothly you wouldn’t think they’re seperate stories. This is where the story gets exciting!!

 

The Assassin and the Empire

The last of the novella’s. This made me want to start A Throne of Glass right away. sadly I can’t right now…. Gotta finish the #ReadThemAllThon first. This novella shocked me, wooed me, ipressed me and made me love Celaena even more. I felt her pain, her anger and wanted to take revenge with her. Now I feel sad for her. So I’m hoping her future will have bright light somewhere. She musn’t give up, we will fight for Celaena!!

 

In case you’ve missed these:

XoXo Felicia.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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