The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J. Maas || The Pain is so Real

October 29, 2015 | Posted by Gaby in Book Reviews | 4 Comments

The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J. Maas || The Pain is so RealThe Assassin's Blade
by Sarah J. Maas
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Publication Date: March 4, 2014 by Bloomsbury USA Children's Books
Pages: 448
Format: Hardcover
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5 Stars
Source: Purchased

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.


The Assassin’s Blade is a collection of the 5 novellas that are based on the time before Celaena Sardothien ended up captured and imprisoned in Endovier. First off, I feel like I should mention that I read this book after reading Throne of Glass and these are the only two books I have read. The main reason is that I’m buddy reading this series with a friend and she wanted to read this first before Crown of Midnight. I got so intrigued with Celaena’s story and her past that I just had to check out these novellas. Before reading this I checked some reviews of the book plus adding to that the details we learn from Celaena in Throne of Glass I thought I was so ready for this book.  I was just like…


But boy was I  wrong. SO RIDICULOUSLY W-R-O-N-G! Nothing could have prepared me for how much that last novella actually hurt. Sarah J. Maas writing is beautiful. I’ll say it again and again. I love the way she writes. Each novella was just beautifully written and connected so well with the next one. I also loved that in each novella we learned something new and exciting. After reading this book I could still picture scenes from the books and I would just replay them in my mind. That doesn’t happen to me often so I admire the fact that this book did that to me.

This book made me feel some powerful emotions. God! I laughed. I cried. I screamed. I was angry, happy, confused and many more emotions. This is definitely because of the amazing characters this book has. First we got Celaena Sardothien who I have loved from the beginning but then… SAM CORTLAND. MY SWEET, SWEET SAM. I loved him so much right from the start when we he was introduced in The Assassin and The Pirate. He was overall an amazing romantic interest for Celaena. You could tell he really loved her and would do anything for her. So yes, I hereby officially add Sam Cortland to the fictional loves of my life list. But this book also introduced me to a character that goes to the top 10 most hated list. I HATE  Arobynn Hamel. I HATE HIM! I HATE HIM WITH A PASSION. This guy is probably the lowest of the low. He is a monster. Freaking Sociopath. 5296783

I truly believe these novellas are a great addition to the Throne of Glass series and I recommend them to the people who are reading the Throne of Glass series and to those who are thinking of reading it.

At the beginning of this book I was like…


Then I read the first two novellas and I was just like..


Then I read The Assassin and The Desert and it was…




Favorite Quotes:

“If you can learn to endure pain, you can survive anything. Some people learn to embrace it- to love it. Some endure it through drowning it in sorrow, or by making themselves forget. Others turn it into anger.”

“This girl wasn’t like wildfire – she was wildfire . Deadly and uncontrollable. And slightly out of her wits.”

About Sarah J. Maas

Sarah J. Maas is the author of the New York Times, USA Today, and internationally bestselling Throne of Glass series–Throne of Glass, Crown of Midnight, and Heir of Fire, and the series’ prequel, The Assassin’s Blade–as well as the New York Times and USA Today bestselling A Court of Thorns and Roses. She wrote the first incarnation of the Throne of Glass series when she was just sixteen, and it has now sold in twenty-three languages. Queen of Shadows, the fourth book in the Throne of Glass series, will release worldwide on September 1st, 2015.
Sarah lives in Bucks County, PA, and over the years, she has developed an unhealthy appreciation for Disney movies and bad pop music. She adores fairy tales and ballet, drinks too much tea, and watches an ungodly amount of TV. When she's not busy writing, she can be found exploring the historic and beautiful Pennsylvania countryside with her husband and canine companion.

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4 responses to “The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J. Maas || The Pain is so Real

  1. Gaby, I love you! 😀 Haha, the fact you used Supernatural GIFs throughout this whole thing just mad it 100x better. I cannot wait to read Assassin’s Blade. I haven’t read Heir of Fire so it’ll be after that. I have heard so much that this one just breaks you and I don’t know if I’m ready for that. But then again, I totally am ready because I weirdly, like to cry with books.

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  2. I NEED to read this so, so much. I should do it soon, because I need to read QoS too, and that would be a great bingeing situation. But am I prepared for the feels? Not likely. Even so, I kind of want them anyway. I will take any and all Celaena feels 😀 So glad you loved these. Sorry about the emotional destruction though 😉

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