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The Assassin's Blade: The Throne of Glass Novellas Hardcover – March 4, 2014
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“Fans and libraries will delight in having this gorgeous edition of the interconnected stories. Action-packed and full of insight into Celaena's character . . . What a ride!” ―Booklist
“Vivid Celaena, loving and brutally violent in turn, is a fully realized heroine. . . . An epic fantasy readers will immerse themselves in and never want to leave.” ―Kirkus Reviews, starred review, on Crown of Midnight
“With assassinations, betrayal, love and magic, this novel has something to match everyone's interests . . . The action will carry you right to the end, leaving you eager for the next installment.” ―RT Book Reviews, Top Pick, on Crown of Midnight
“Readers seeking the political intrigue of Kristen Cashore's Graceling and . . . the deadly competition at the heart of The Hunger Games will find both [here].” ―Publishers Weekly, starred review, on Throne of Glass
“A must-read. . . . Maas has created a truly remarkable heroine who doesn't sacrifice the grit that makes her real in order to do what's right in the end.” ―USA Today on Throne of Glass
“Fans of Game of Thrones and the Hunger Games will love it!” ―Colleen Houck, New York Times bestselling author, on Throne of Glass
About the Author
SARAH J. MAAS is the New York Times bestselling author of Throne of Glass and its sequel Crown of Midnight. Sarah, a New York native, currently lives in the California desert. Visit her online at www.sarahjmaas.com
Top Customer Reviews
Where a simple act of defiance and moral justice transforms into a web of deceit, betrayal, and death, The Assassin's Blade completely blew me away as a prequel to Throne of Glass. It all starts from a simple mission which Celaena Sardothien chooses to disobey, leading into her entire livery being crushed before her very eyes and into the bitter, jaded assassin that we know today.
The five novellas each cover separate missions: one, to rescue thousands of slaves from a Pirate Lord, to teach a healer how to defend herself, to learn from the Mute Master of Assassin's in the desert, to help fight slavery from an evil crime lord and lastly, the assassination that was never going to pan out. In the first story, we see Celaena rescue thousands of slaves from a Pirate Lord, which sets the tone for the rest of the novellas. Celaena's past is one I couldn't tear my eyes from, as the events all lead up to her inevitable imprisonment in Endovier.
In The Assassin's Blade, we see what shapes Celaena into the person she is today, with her love of finery, cocky confidence, intelligence and mastery of assassination present here. Her master and mentor, Arobynn has taken her in as his protégé and like a cult leader, she doesn't question his decisions. As the King of Assassins, he's given his group board, missions and even gifts in exchange to do his dirty work.
One in his position of power cannot be infallible however, as his anger towards Celaena and Sam are enacted throughout the novel. With multiple layers of deceit and trickery, Arobynn's cruelty knows no end as he toys with Celaena and Sam with his influence and missions.Read more ›
Each novella is relatively short, so I don't want to go into too much detail. However, this is a must read for any fan of the Throne of Glass series. But, this would also be a great start for new readers that have yet to discover the amazingness of Sarah J. Maas. I highly recommmed checking this book out. It won't disappoint! Happy reading :)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Its just touching how you get to see all the adventures Celaena went through I learned from before the main eventsPublished 19 hours ago by Hanan
Gripping,wonderful,exciting on the edge of your seat!! How she describes everything makes you feel like you are there!! Amazing!! Love it!!!Published 1 day ago by Hondo
Really liked it. Was a good read. Liked the plot and the characters a a a a a a aPublished 2 days ago by Amazon Customer
This book is a good addition to the regular novels of The Throne Glass, it has 5 novellas that help understanding some things in the regular novels.Published 2 days ago by Symarca
Recommendation: Have a box of tissues ready. You are definitely going to need them.Published 3 days ago by Kay
I really liked this addition to te series. Being able to see what Celaena Sardothian was like before she ended up in Endovier was really cool and also getting to meet Sam Courtland... Read morePublished 6 days ago by Jliana Musialek
I immensely enjoyed this series of novellas. It tied together Celaena's history and gave insight into who she is and why. Read morePublished 27 days ago by Arora Haynes