Title: The Assassin’s Blade
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Series: Throne of Glass, #0.1 to 0.5
Genre: High Fantasy, Young Adult, Romance
Number of Pages (eBook): 448
Date Published: March 4th of 2014
Publisher: Bloomsbury Childrens
Synopsis (via Goodreads):
Contains all five novellas.
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.
Rate: 3.5 of 5
Take note: the book is a compiled prequel of the Throne of Glass series. So for all the wonderful people who haven’t immersed themselves on the series at least until the second book (Crown of Midnight), I suggest you go and read those first. BUT, some readers actually suggest reading these first before going in the series but I suggest otherwise. Suit yourself wherever you’re comfortable and what you prefer.
Though some people straight-up loved this novella compilation containing The Assassin and the Pirate Lord, The Assassin and the Healer, The Assassin and the Desert, The Assassin and the Underworld, and The Assassin and the Empire, I must admit I was kind of in the fence on how I’m going to rate, let alone review, this book. I gave it 3.5 of 5 because I wasn’t really that impressed with the first four novellas. The fifth one, though, is a far cry from the first four, in my opinion. It housed the Maas kind of writing I was hoping for when I delved into the book. Since The Assassin’s Blade is actually just a compilation of these little novellas, I allowed myself to rate each one:
The Assassin and the Pirate Lord…..3 of 5
The Assassin and the Healer…..3 of 5
The Assassin and the Desert…..3.5 of 5
The Assassin and the Underworld…..3.5 of 5
The Assassin and the Empire…..5 of 5
I kinda am not in the boat of novellas and in-between things because i just hate satisfying endings…you can see that in my novella rating each. Of course I have to recognize the possibility that the reason why I loved The Assassin and the Empire the best is maybe because the first four stories were building up to a great conclusion with the said book. As I have said, the last piece was so like Maas’ typical writing and I love that. To be honest, every time I read an SJM book it hurts, but at the same time I like it? Like how? It’s good but it hurts? Ya know? I have already resolved to give myself some kind of pep talk every time I pick up one of her books. Especially now that I’m in the middle of a shitstorm that is the Throne of Glass series. 😛
On another matter, before I actually dive into the contents of the book, I LOVED THE COVER. I actually did a Goodreads update just praising the cover. It’s so gorgeous and blue and gorgeous.
Alright. Let’s get into the characters. There were a lot of new characters introduced because (duhh, Gem, really.) it is a compilation! Hahaha. I must admit I was kind of confused with all the new names just flying around but it’s great that these five novellas sort of turn into a novel because it just flows from one book to another so that’s great. But the names dear God, the names. There are so many names. Fancy names. Because come on it’s Sarah J. Maas, she always promises fancy names. But over all the names, the name that rang and shone through is Sam Cortland. *Hold on, I’ll just compose myself.*
As we all know, the bloke dies. I wasn’t really that enamored with Sam Cortland as some people have been–I may have been a little holding myself off from loving his character because I knew he’d be gone. Nevertheless, tears were shed when he died. I really don’t understand why I still torture myself by reading SJM book. (JUST KIDDING OF COURSE SHE’S THE BEST) My heart, it aches. Poor Celaena. 😦
Celaena’s character makes so much more sense now–her feistiness and very cynical demeanor on everything, which really irritated me because she came off as some sort of a bitch. But it makes more sense now. The wonderful backstory on her gives us access to the how’s and why’s of Celaena’s actions–even just for a little. I understand now why Celaena was such a skeptical little bitch with a hella attitude in the first book because damn girl you went thru a lot. Also! The King of Assassin himself is finally, finally tackled! The little shit that is Arobynn Hamel plays such a vital role in the novellas and honestly, this cleared up some things going on in my head which I won’t be mentioning here because there are huge spoilers somewhere there haha. 😛
To be honest, more than half the time I was a little bored because there were just too many people and too many characters to get comfortable with. And I just can’t hang with that. Especially with these fabulous names SJM comes up with. I mean, good job, but my brain is like “Hold up! We got a name quota right here!! You used up all your allowable names!”
Nevertheless, loved the fact that through the various novellas, there’s this sense of adventure that I felt I got to go round the world of Throne of Glass. It made me a wee more familiar with the universe of the said series.
This book was just a big “Ohhhhh. That’s why!” Everything just became clearer and more meaningful and holy shit my heart. Just prepare your heart before reading this alright? I’m still looking for the pieces of my shattered heart thanks to the wonderful author! 😛
SPOILERS!!!! Here are my other thoughts on the book, if you haven’t read it yet, don’t go off in the abyss and read the next parts.
*While reading this, I was actually feeling like I was just reading fanfic…(I am stubborn that way) I refused to let it sink in partly because I’m dreading Sam’s death and I know my baby Celaena would break all over again.
*Characters: Arobynn (you little shit), Celaena (you girl are so attractive though), Sam (okay you beautiful piece of ass *cries*), Ansel (I knew it all along to be honest she’s too god to be true), Ilias (Wow Celaena ang ganda mo talaga haba ng hair mo bes), Ben (i still want to know why he diededed! I’m sure Arobynn has something to do with this because well duh)
*Was that really Dorian? The one in the party thing…I don’t think so……i’m still in denial.
*WHAT IS UP WITH AROBYNN. IS HE HONESTLY IN LOVE WITH CELAENA? But oh well what was I expecting with the King of Assassins, that little psycho shit. He doesn’t own Celaena what the hell. My god, SJM can write assholes. Like really make great characters of assholes. I hate him. I can’t wait for my girlfriend Celaena to crush him.
*Day 454: still waiting for a Chaol cameo lol
*I laughed so much at that kiss in the sewer. In the fucking sewer. EWWW. But also AWWW. HAAHAHHA. So romantic!
*That line where it said that Sam’s fingers were bent in unnatural angles–that was where I broke. I JUST COULDNT TAKE IT. I was withdrawing myself from his character because I knew he would die..but not like this goddamnit.
*Every blogger or everyone who read this actually are still swimming in their puddle of tears right now. True story.
Do I recommend it? Of course. But I do suggest immersing yourself on the series perhaps a book or two.