Book Title: The Assassin’s Blade
Book Author: Sarah J. Maas
Page Count: 430
Publishing Date: March 13th, 2014
Publisher: Bloomsbury Childrens
Date Read: February 3rd, 2017
Synopsis: Celaena Sardothien owes her reputation to Arobynn Hamel. He gave her a home at the Assassins’ Guild and taught her the skills she needed to survive.
Arobynn’s enemies stretch far and wide – from Adarlan’s rooftops and its filthy dens, to remote islands and hostile deserts. Celaena is duty-bound to hunt them down. But behind her assignments lies a dark truth that will seal her fate – and cut her heart in two forever…
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.
Well, I’m glad these novellas were made in to a big book as a whole. If I had had to read them separately, as they came out or, in general, I don’t think they would have been as enjoyable. But, together, read in close proximity to each other, they were quite enjoyable.
As I started on novella number one, The Assassin and the Pirate Lord, I had started to think that the novellas wouldn’t add up to much. The first one by itself didn’t feel like it added much as far as insight to Celaena’s character. The only things I had enjoyed were that we saw the beginning signs of her hatred for slavery, her inner moral character, and we were introduced to Sam.
As I made my way through number two, The Assassin and the Healer, I began to see more of Celaena’s inner character. She was a fierce assassin at the young age of 16. She also had a soft spot for hard working women in troubling times. I admired her interaction with Yrene, the healer, and I enjoyed meeting a new character that I am hoping we will see again.
Novella number 3, The Assassin and the Desert, might have been my favorite one. Though it was predictable, we met one character which I assume we will meet again, and we met The Master. The Master was the head of the The Silent Assassins, and he was quite intriguing, and taught Celaena some valuable lessons.
I had a love/hate relationship with Number 4, The Assassin and the Underworld. It was very predictable for the most part, but still had a couple surprises. This one dealt heavily with Arobynn, and I hated him the whole time, and knew what was going to happen. All the novellas show how manipulative he could be, but this one really proved it.
And, finally, the last novella, The Assassin and the Empire, finished off the bunch. This was another love/hate relationship. I loved the bits we got of Sam and Celaena together, but hated the predictability of it all, and couldn’t stand Arobynn’s role. And, after learning so much about him, and how sneaky and manipulative he could be, I have formed a theory about Sam and his “death.” Though, it would be best if I kept it to myself until I’ve made it further in the books.]
Were the novellas worth reading? I think so, but only as a whole. I enjoyed the fact that my reading buddy, Alex at Coffeeloving Bookaholic, and I decided to take advice and read them together between books 3 and 4. Even though they all took place before book 1, it was nice to get in to the story and then look back and gain more insight in to Celaena. It was also nice to look back and see how some of the events played out with Sam and Arobynn. They were predictable, for the most part, and I would not have recommended them if I had read each one separately with a lot of time in between, but as a whole, I would recommend the collection. I’d rate The Assassin’s Blade 3.5-4 stars (or 4 faeries so we can leave the slicing and dicing to Celaena).
Excerpt and Memorable Quotes:
“Sam kissed her ear, his teeth grazing her earlobe, and her heart stumbled a beat.
‘Don’t use kissing to swindle me into accepting your apology,’ she got out, even as she tilted her head to the side to allow him better access.
He chuckled, his breath caressing her neck. ‘It was worth a shot.’
‘If you go to the Vaults again,’ she said as he nibbled on her ear, “I’ll hop in and beat you unconscious myself.”
She felt him smile against her skin. ‘You could try.’ He bit her ear–not hard enough to hurt, but enough to tell her that he’d now stopped listening.
She whirled in his arms, glaring up at him, at his beautiful face illuminated by the glow of the city, at his eyes, so dark and rich. ‘and you used my lavender soap. Don’t ever do that–‘
But then Sam’s lips found hers, and Celaena stopped talking for a good while after that.
Yet as they stood there, their bodies twining around each other, there was still one question that remained unasked–one question neither of them dared voice.
Would Arobynn Hamel let them leave?”
“But to spend her to retrieve a shipment of slaves…people who had done nothing wrong, only dared to fight for their freedom and the safety of their families…”
He loved her like family, yet he put her in the most dangerous positions. he nurtured and educated her, yet he’d obliterated her innocence the first time he’d made her end a life.”
“The freckles of light along the panels danced like falling snow.
Ash from a world burned in to nothing–lying in ruins around her. She could taste the ash of that dead world on her chapped lips, settling on her leaden tongue.”
“‘My name is Celaena Sardothien,’ she whispered, ‘and I will not be afraid.’”
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