The Assassin's Blade

The Assassin's Blade

The Throne of Glass Novellas

Book - 2015
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In these five prequel novellas to Throne of glass, feared assassin Celaena embarks on daring missions that take her from remote islands to hostile deserts, where she fights to liberate slaves and avenge tyranny.
Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury, 2015.
Copyright Date: ©2014.
ISBN: 9781619635173
Characteristics: 435 pages :,map ;,21 cm.

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I loved learning more about Celaena's backstory. I worried reading it before HoF or QoS, but there were no spoilers and though the short story element made it read a little choppy it did feel like one coherent story. I just love these characters so much, Sam broke my heart but I'm so glad that I got to experience their short time together.

sjpl_rebekah Feb 03, 2020

Truly my only regret in picking up this collection of novellas is that I didn’t do so sooner. This collection is broken into five short stories that provide more context for Celaena’s backstory. Maas artfully interweaves storylines and characters that later appear in the Throne of Glass series into heart-pounding and thrilling adventures. The only novella that really had me struggling to get through it was the last one, and that was simply because I knew what devastating outcome awaited Celaena.

Maas is very formulaic in how she builds her romances – two people formerly at odds become passionate lovers – and the romance that ties together these short stories is no different. I found this to be slightly annoying at first, however, Sam was just so lovable as a character that I couldn’t help but fall for him. To be frank, the rest of Celaena’s romantic history really lost some of its sparkle after reading this because, well, I still wanted her to be with Sam. Because he is not actually present in any of the Throne of Glass books, I did not realize how influential he was in shaping Celaena’s later decisions. Celaena’s character has a certain naivety in these stories that no longer exists after the events that transpire in these novellas.

Now that I have picked up back where I left off in the Throne of Glass series, characters and events that are mentioned in passing suddenly make more sense and I am provided subtle clarity as I comb back through my memories of what has happened so far. I look forward to seeing more connections as I continue forward with the series.

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Reianshitsu
Jul 25, 2019

I definitely recommend reading the first book in the series (at least) before you read this prequel. I thought I would start in chronological order and read this book first, but after the terrible ending, I now have no desire to read any further books in this series. From the other comments, it sounds like the series may be good, but I can't get past the sour taste in my mouth from this book's conclusion. So I firmly suggest to future readers, that you do NOT start with this book.

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Selin_M_77
Jul 23, 2019

I absolutely loved the book!!I loved how it was split into different volumes!! The book had so many details and little things that added up to the end of the book. It has so many amazing details about Celaena's backstory!
I can't wait to read the second book!

Highly recommended!!!

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Linyarai
Jun 13, 2018

This was perfect, I loved all of the stories and how they add so much more detail and feelings to Throne of Glass.

ArapahoeStaff14 Jun 02, 2018

These novellas are excellent. They maintain a story thread while giving you individual narratives. The backstory helps to explain Celaena's story prior to the first Throne of Glass novel. At the same time, they also provide details that come into play in later books, so don't skip out on these! I recommend reading them before you pick up the third or fourth books in the series so that you don't miss out on any of the references.

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fluffyfoxtailzzz
May 06, 2018

After reading the whole AMAZING series, I'm so glad I could get to see how Celaena's past pieced together with Arobynn, Sam, Rolfe, Ansel and how she became a slave. Definitely 5 stars!!

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Nymeria23
Jun 06, 2017

I'm very glad I read these short stories. Not only did it flesh out Celaena's character for me, it also gave incredible background information, made sense of Celaena's past, and made me love the series even more. I'm not normally one to read prequels, but I enjoyed it and would recommend it if you are interested in getting into the Throne of Glass series.

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evelyno
Jan 24, 2017

This is definitely the best book of this series. I recommend it to all lovers of teen fiction, action, adventure and romance. I like this book better than the others for several reasons.

One: I find Arobynn to be a much more compelling villain than those in later books (I think the fact that he actually has a personality could be a factor)

Two: I really enjoy the assassin premise. This bookdoes not include that infuriating second-thought magic plot line that quickly became the only plot line in later books.

Three: Sam is alive! Every one of the characters in these books annoy me to at least some degree, Sam included. But the only reason I am annoyed with Sam, my favourite character, is because he cares for Celaena. Why? I don’t know. Celaena is neither a particularly interesting character nor a good person. This many people wouldn’t throw themselves at her! It was five people in this series. Five! Just consider that.

Though I would recommend this book, I would not recommend the rest of the series.

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janelllim
Aug 03, 2016

I loved this book but it is SO SAD! Arobynn is MUCH more cruel and evil than you think, and is apparently very good at acting. I love these stories except for the last one. Like seriously, WHY Sam? And the ending is horrible. The only thing that cheered me up was that I knew what happened in the future because of Throne of Glass and the rest of the books, but I was still so sad.

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mmllhh
Jul 01, 2016

Five novellas featuring Adarlan's most feared assassin, Celaena Sardothien. Plan, conquer, achieve, and cry - pretty much the way Celaena lives throughout the book. She's been betrayed countless times over, but by whom? That is the mystery she must solve again and again as the people she's grown to love are taken away from her. As the other comment suggests, a backstory of the main series.

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graygirl24
Jul 14, 2015

Five novellas about Adarlan's Assassin. Basically backstory on the whole series.

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mmllhh
Jul 16, 2016

"My name is Celaena Sardothien, and I will not be afraid."

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