Book Review

Review: The Assassin’s Blade (Throne of Glass #0.1 – 0.5) by Sarah J. Maas

Assassin's Blade


Rating: 5/5
Audience: YA/New Adult, some language, loveish scenes, violence/torture
Length: 448 pages
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Release Date: March 4th, 2014
Image & Other Reviews on: Goodreads


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.

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Note: Review may contain spoilers. I have read this series 3 or 4 times. I have no chill over this series. This is a re-read I’m doing specifically before KoA comes out in October.

Second note: I firmly believe while yes they’re similarities between her two series, they are SO DIFFERENT. Needed to throw this out there after seeing a lot of reviews claiming they were too alike. I think some phrasing, character type, etc. is similar, but overall the stories are unique.


Like I’ve just noted. I LOVE this series. I do. And every time I get something new from it and I still feel alllllll of the emotions even when I know exactly what’s about to happen.

This is what makes a great series to me.

These novellas are so crucial to the whole series as a whole! While most of it doesn’t play out til EoS (Empire of Storms) the character details are important.

Each novella is a good length and keeps me interested. My heart shatters over Sam, EVERY DANG TIME. It was such a sweet, young love. LIFE ISN’T FAIR. *cries into pillow* who does that to a human?!!

I enjoy that each story opens up a nugget that makes Calaena…Calaena. She’s a complex person with so many levels and such depth to her soul. But what’s even better is SJM has the ability to add that to other main/side characters too. That’s what brings all of the emotion into it for me. I can’t help but care.

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