Book Review: The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J. Maas

Title: The Assassin’s Blade

Author: Sarah J. Maas

Publication Date: March 4, 2014

Publisher: Bloomsbury Childrens

Pages: 448-ebook version

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️


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.


“She was fire, she was darkness, she was dust and blood and shadow.”
Sarah J. Maas, The Assassin’s Blade

She’s sixteen, kicking asses and killing masses.

Celaena Sardothien is famously known all over the world of Erilea as Adarlan’s most notorious assassin, second only to Arobynn Hamel-her mentor and the King of Assassins.

The Assassin’s Blade is not the first book in the series, however in it lies these five prequel novellas-five prequel reckless and action-packed adventures that transpired before the actual series/story. These are the five events that happened before Celaena’s world shattered.

If you’ve read/got started on the series first before reading The Assassin’s Blade then this book will either break or make your day.

I tremendously loved reading The Assassin’s Blade as it was more fully action-packed with wise and controlled input of romance, strong angst, death, feels with a pinch of betrayal here and there whereas The Throne of Glass felt hugley lacking in some of the areas mentioned.  Now you’ve probably read other reviews complaining and ranting about how and why they didn’t like The Throne of Glass because of the whiny and self-absorbed main character, or the dreadful romance plot and the disappointment they felt because they expected more action in it. That being said(or typed, but whatever), please don’t get discouraged because if you don’t continue to read on the entire series, you’ll be missing out BIG TIME. Don’t judge a book series by it’s first book. 

Between these five novellas, my top favorites would be The Assassin and the EmpireThe Assassin and the Dessert and The Assassin and the Healer. These novellas have recurring characters that Celaena Sardothien will meet again on her later adventures-into the main series as they will take on a bigger role in supporting Celaena in probably her most dangerous mission yet-on the main series of course.

Now, most readers asks this: Should I read The Assassins Blade before or after The Throne of Glass?

You don’t need to have read The Assassin’s Blade to fully understand the Throne of Glass and the following books. It will not hinder you from starting on the series and in fact, you don’t have to have read a single prequel novella at all though it helps a lot, yet not really necessary for everyone, but hey, no harm will be done in reading the prequel novellas right?


I’d definitely recommend reading these five novellas before you get started on the main series because it does us readers plenty good when reading the whole series and not, like, say ask questions during reading like, who was Sam Cortland and how important he was to Celaena Sardothien-this book shows you how Sam Cortland is and how important his words had helped Celaena endure the hell that was Endovier, how his words had meant the difference between breaking and bending; how his words had kept her from entirely shattering and persevere, or who was this girl Celaena mentioned in passing that betrayed her or the one she helped to fully become a healer. You’d know who/what was Celaena Sardothien before as these five stories absolutely gave Celaena more “depth” to her character, and how these five adventures has shaped into the young woman she is now starting in the Throne of Glass.

She would tuck Sam into her heart, a bright light for her to take out whenever things were darkest.”
Sarah J. Maas, The Assassin’s Blade

One of the things that made me loved the Assassin’s Blade was Arobynn Hamel. Now before you go on ranting/thinking abut how cruel, manipulative, deadly and abusive he was to Celaena and Sam, it was why I loved his character in the first place. He’s one of my favorite villains ever. He was one of the most well-made/developed characters in the book and definitely made the reading experience more enjoyable for me because good villains and good plot/ world-building combined together is what makes a great book.

Sarah J. Maas has crafted a spellbinding mixture of great storyline, flawed characters,  the right reading pace, writing style and romance with a spice of betrayal, and tragedy into one novel that will definitely leave you hanging for more of Celaena Sardothien’s adventures and to end this review I’ll you with my favorite quote in the book:

“My name is Celaena Sardothien, and I will not be afraid.”
Sarah J. Maas, The Assassin’s Blade















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