Title: The Assassin’s Blade
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Release Date: March 3rd, 2015
Publisher: Bloomsbury Children’s Books
Synopsis from Goodreads:
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.
The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J. Maas is the prequel novella bindup to Maas’ high fantasy series, Throne of Glass. These novellas follow the most feared assassin, Celaena Sardothien’s life before the events of Throne of Glass.
Our main character Celaena Sardothien, a well-known and skilled assassin is one of my favourite female characters. She is so independent, strong, and doesn’t care what people think of her. She’s such a badass, but enjoys finer things like nice clothing which is one of the reasons I enjoy her character so much. She’s so sassy, and I just love her personality.
Our other main character is Sam. He is so sweet and so adore his character. Him and Celaena as a duo is perfect. He’s so caring and protective, and all I can say about him are good things.
Sarah J. Maas’ characters are all so credible. There are so many layers to each character (whether it be a side or a main character) that it feels as though you could know them in real life. Maas’ makes it so easy to get attached to her characters which is a good things, but also a bad thing since I’ve realized that she enjoys harming/killing characters.
My favourite novella was The Assassin and the Desert. Ansel, Mikhail, and Ilias were all such enjoyable characters! The Mute Master was also a very interesting character to learn more about. Maas’ ability to create such detailed characters in such a short amount of time amazes me. Also, the plot twist at the end of the novella?! I was so surprised, felt so many emotions, and the action was amazing!
I really enjoyed this book, as I have all of Maas’ books so far. I’ve never felt so much love for an author’s books, writing, characters, plot, etc. since reading her books, and I can’t wait to read more of them!
I would recommend this book (and any of Sarah J. Maas’ books. Whether you’re a reader or not, a lover of high fantasy/YA or not, even if you’re in a reading slump (her books will pull you right out), check out Maas’ books and they’ll change everything!
Happy reading and have a lovely day!🌻