The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J. Maas
Novellas 0.1-0.5 in the Throne of Glass series
Genre: YA fantasy
Format: hardcover, owned
The Assassin’s Blade was one more perfect book from Sarah, and one more book to add to my favorites shelf on Goodreads. 😀
I may be biased toward Sarah’s books like I am Cassie’s, but we won’t focus on that.
♠ This review will be divided up by each individual novella rather than aspects of the overall book.
The Assassin & The Pirate Lord
This was a really fun and enjoyable story, and a great introduction to Celaena’s life as Adarlan’s Assassin.
(It’s really hard for me to not call her Aelin) I remembered instantly why I adore her so much: she’s a sassy, epic diva. 😀 I loved how mouthy she was with Rolfe (and just in general), and her sensitivity toward the slaves was touching. I totally understood it, but I just really admired the lengths she went to so she could free them. Rolfe was a great character but I despised him (as I was probably supposed to) and it was so irritating when he interrupted Celaena’s plans. He got what he deserved. XD I didn’t like Sam very much in this novella, and his accident didn’t concern me because I knew he would be fine until the end. I feel like I’m the only one that didn’t instantly fall in love with Sam.
The Assassin & The Healer
I enjoyed this story, but it was probably my least favorite of the five. It felt like a bit of a transition between The Pirate Lord and The Desert, and it was slightly difficult for me to get absorbed in. I thought Yrene was a fairly average character: her backstory was one I’d heard versions of before. I did like the rocky, awkward acquaintanceship she formed with Celaena though, and my favorite part was when they trained. I’m not sure if she did appear in a later book, but I think she’ll have a part to play later. If that’s the case, I look forward to seeing how she’s improved and developed. 🙂 (By the way, how do you pronounce her name? Why-reen? Yi-reen? Yee-reen? Ey-reen? Help.)
The Assassin & The Desert
I think this was my favorite of all the stories. Celaena was sent to the desert as punishment for her actions in The Pirate Lord, to train with the Silent Assassins. She had a month to get an approval letter from their leader, the Mute Master, before she could come back. It had to be terrible being in the desert for almost three months (a month each way and one month training), but it made for an awesome story. It was intense but still easygoing, as contradictory and confusing as that sounds, and I really enjoyed it. I loved Celaena and Ansel’s friendship, so the end was a significant shock and kind of sad to me. I had originally hoped for them to be reunited in Empire of Storms or the sixth book and kick butt together (which you’d know if you’re my friend on Goodreads), but now I don’t want that to happen. It would hurt them both too much. I think that’s why this was my favorite: the honest friendship with an emotional twist. It might seem weird, but you’d understand if you’ve read it. 😉
The Assassin & The Underworld
If I had to pick a second favorite, it would most likely be this one. I got to see Celaena and Sam really working together and warming up to each other, and that’s what got me to start liking Sam. This was also the one where I finally experienced Celaena seriously getting into her mission. I loved how “in the zone” she got, and how dedicated she was. Doneval was disgusting until his real motives were revealed, which was also when I truly started despising Arobynn.
HE’S A JERK. Anyway, I also enjoyed seeing Lysandra. She grew on me in Queen of Shadows, and I have to say: I like her a lot more in that book. 😛
And did I imagine it, or did Dorian cameo? I swear he was the masked one at the party that danced with Celaena! XD
The Assassin & The Empire
I enjoyed this novella too, but it was definitely the saddest. It didn’t make me cry, but it broke my heart. Celaena and Sam are trying to leave Rifthold, but take on a final mission so they can afford the move. It doesn’t work. I went into this book knowing that Sam dies,* but I wasn’t sure when. By the time I got to this novella, I knew it would be soon but I didn’t know how. When I heard Sam’s plan, I knew how it would happen. Celaena’s worry and denial were what made reading so hard, and her grief was what hurt the most. I knew this was coming, but I wasn’t prepared for the heart-wrenching beauty of the writing it was conveyed through.**
I loved the empowerment Celaena experienced in the very end as she entered Endovier. It took her back to the determined girl she was previously. It boosted the hope and confidence I had for her. ❤
* Not a spoiler if you’ve read Throne of Glass. It’s mentioned. If you haven’t, then I’m surprised social media hasn’t ruined it for you.
** I’m not sure why, since this is a SJM book. I should’ve seen it coming. *face-palm*
The Assassin’s Blade was an amazing addition to the series I adore. Even though I didn’t have the same love for Sam everyone else did, he was a great, solid character that added insight to the story and Celaena’s personality. All of the novellas were enjoyable, but The Assassin & The Desert was my favorite for sure. This has only secured my love for the series and my impatience for Empire of Storms. ❤
my rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Have you read this book? Is it on your TBR? If you have read it, what did you think? I’d love to know! 🙂
I’ll be starting my ARC of Crossing The Lines by Meghan Rogers next! 😀
Until next time…