The Assassin’s Blade – Sarah J. Maas

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

Title: The Assassin’s Blade

Author: Sarah J. Maas

Genre: Fantasy / Short Stories

Publisher: Bloomsbury

Release Date: March 13th, 2014

Format: UK Paperback

Source: Own


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.


As we go nearer to the release date of Kingdom of Ashes, what’s the best way to slowly dive back into the series? Well, The Assassin’s Blade of course. I am getting myself familiar with Caelena Sardothien once more. Hopefully, if everything goes according to place by the time it releases I am ready!

“My name is Celaena Sardothien,” she whispered, “and I will not be afraid.”

The Assassin and the Pirate Lord

I believe this is such a strong and fitting introduction for Caelena Sardothien as an assassin. She and Sam were sent out to a mission by Arobyn. Both had been confused by their mission it wasn’t indicated and they were confused as to why were they sent out for such a thing. They, later on, discover what the mission really was about. Caelena was indignant about how her master been planning on the shipment of “slaves” as the mission.

It was really nostalgic to see Caelena in her roots. Also, it had been mentioned who Sam was in Throne of Glass. It’s really nice to meet the man who she kept thinking about then. I also happen to see how it all began between them. I find this first novella very Caelena Sardothien, like the person who I now see in Crown of Midnight.


The Assassin and the Healer

The Assassin and the Healer show her new journey after the incident that unfolded from The Assassin and the Pirate Lord. In which she stays at a “cheap inn” and was trying to go unnoticed but I feel like it reflected the complete opposite effect it was going for. It had potential as a favorite of mine. But rather ended up being disappointed by how it turned out.

I was a bit spoiled about Yrene, but I love how she was shown here. Her beginnings from her ambition to become a healer. Dragged down by the harsh reality of having not enough funds to become one and the camaraderie that bloomed between Caelena and Yrene.


The Assassin and the Desert

From what had unfolded from earlier events, Caelena continues her way to train and join the Silent Assassin. And get a letter of recommendation from her “suppose” to be the new master. I think this is a very monumental moment. It is when Caelena realizes and learns the new ways of treating people around them, training or befriending people. The Silent Assassins trains widely different from what she had known. The train she had known from Arobynn was a way of manipulative and abusive way. She learns to see how this differs from her life there to her life here.

New place, new people, she had befriended Ansel here. Her story was unveiled gripping-ly. Her friendship later blooms better than her earlier life. And a twist struck. It was really something I liked.


The Assassin and the Underworld

Months after the event from the Silent Assassin, she returns back. Okay, okay, obviously if you have read Throne of Glass, you already know. Sam and Caelena met after the months of missing each other. And Caelena and Same are playing coy with each other it’s annoyingly adorable.

She returns better than ever. She has become more than Arobynn could have asked for, they all have no idea. And so was Caelena… The Assasin and the Underworld show more the side of the changed yet to come in her life.


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The Assassin and the Empire

This is was the moment I had been dying to know since Throne of Glass. It is where everything pieced together, to what we now know in the first book. I have seen it coming, Sam and Caelena’s relationship suffers a bit of a bump here. Sam wanted to leave Rithfold entirely while Caelena knows that it can’t be, she made a deal with Arobynn that changes her life forever…

I find the storytelling okay and to be predictable still. I was expecting a whole lot of fight than how it turn up, given the reputation of the “best” assassin out there.


Overall, it was truly enjoyable and seeing characters that would be appearing, and are appearing in the books to come is something I get excited about. Spotting them and reading between the lines of how these characters came to be, it excites me.

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How about you? Have you read The Assassin’s Blade? Have you been preparing for the series’ incoming conclusion?


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    1. That’s great!

      Have you finished the books up to Tower of Dawn? I recently finished Queen of Shadows. And managed my way out through a series of mini heart attacks. It was a huge development~writing-wise in SJM’s part it was a pleasant experience.


  1. Hi! Great review! I haven’t yet read the ToG series, but I have the first book and a friend of mine said I should consider reading this collection of stories first, because of the time-line and all… She said it’s all up to me, though, because she thought it understandable either way. I was wondering if you could give me a little advice regarding this question. I can’t decide which one to start with. 😅


    1. I think you should start with ToG then Assassin’s? Haha, that’s how now it felt for me. I had these questions raising in my mind while I was reading ToG, then was answered in The Assassin’s Blade. But it’s the build up of being *the best* I just expected too much. Or that it took me too long to finally read it. I should’ve gone ToG, this, CoM, HoF. By the way if you’re feeling mixed about the series it’s getting better. I finished QoS last night and now 1/4 through EoS, ITS REALLY GOOD.
      I hope that helps? 😅

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      1. Yes, it helps much 😅 my friend said she read it after she’d already finished all the other books, and said that it would have maybe been better at the beginning. Reading it after the first, but before the others has never even crossed my mind! It sounds like a good idea. I’m probably gonna do this. 😊 Thank you!!


      2. Yay! Oh, I see we share the same sentiment over it. Yes, I feel it aligns perfectly in that order. I really hope you’ll find it that way too.

        Are considering doing aToG marathon too? You know before the release later this October? Just asking haha in dire of a feels-friend HAHA 😅

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      3. Well, I’m considering it, it would be awesome, but I’m not sure I’ll have enough time😅 I have my German exam (medical language so I can later work in Germany), and I have to study a lot right in this time period when I should read this whole series, too 🙄😅 sound like it would be too much. But probably I will do a marathon, just gonna be finishing a little after the release date of the newest volume. 😁


      4. Take it at your own pace I was just hoping hehe, oh my my, those are a load of exams that I sure you can ace! I wish you the best with your exams and for the marathon I hope to see your post running here on reader then we’ll gush about it.

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  2. I feel like this book of novellas is so integral to the later books. Even though it wasn’t my favourite writing-wise, they were still a great read. Glad you enjoyed most of them! Great review.


    1. I feel that way too, I love how it kind of represent not only the past but some future foreshadowing too? In a way. And like you said writing-wise not really a favourite. But I love how SJM had developed in Queen of Shadows. It baffled me, how things came to be.

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      1. yes exactly! I think that’s why heir of fire is my favourite so far, because we get three perspectives and things get so complex in comparison to the previous books. Her writing has a come a long way! As much as people choose to hate on her, she’s a favourite author of mine.


      2. I do, see that a lot. Even her readers gets hate over loving them too. I feel helpless.

        Gosh, I just took a break from Empire of Storms I need someone to hold me 😂😂. Manon is turning my new favourite. Have you read it too?


      3. Yeah its pretty sad, today’s society is all about hating…

        No! I haven’t I’m actually really behind, I’m getting through a reread of queen of shadows before I can read Empire of storms and tower of Dawn for the first time 🙈 I’m the worst anticipated book procrastinator 😂😂


  3. This post brought back so many fun memories of when I first read the ToG series! I agree, The Assassin’s Blade was such a good book for learning more about Celaena’s backstory and how her character came to be. I’m glad you enjoyed reading this book, and great review, Justine! 😊


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