Review: The Assassin’s Blade

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The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J Maas, published March 2014 by Bloomsbury.

Read: November 2014
Genre: Young Adult/Romance/Fantasy/Short Stories
Source: Purchased
#Pages: 430
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Goodreads Synopsis: Celaena Sardothien owes her reputation to Arobynn Hamel. He gave her a home at the Assassins’ Guild and taught her the skills she needed to survive.

Arobynn’s enemies stretch far and wide – from Adarlan’s rooftops and its filthy dens, to remote islands and hostile deserts. Celaena is duty-bound to hunt them down. But behind her assignments lies a dark truth that will seal her fate – and cut her heart in two forever…

The Review

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Before I start this review I need to get something off my chest – I need to meet Sarah J Maas. I need to ask her why?! I need to shake her hand and thank her for making me realise that I can actually read Fantasy, and that I may just have found a new favourite genre, and I need to kiss her feet for giving me a series to fangirl over almost as much as I fangirl over Harry Potter.

I read and LOVED Throne of Glass (check out my review of Throne of Glass here) and decided that I wanted to know more about Celaena, her past and her motivations, before I moved on to devour the rest of the series. While this bind-up is a collection of five novellas, it reads more like a novel – the stories move seamlessly into each other and they all build to form a great picture of our favourite female Assassin’s past. And what a past it is – I laughed, I cheered, I fangirled and (I’m not ashamed to say it) I wept. *Wept*.

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A lot of seasoned Fantasy readers felt there was information missing from Throne of Glass – I definitely didn’t find this problematic, as I knew it was a series and expected the other books to reveal more over time – no one likes being info-dumped on – and The Assassin’s Blade answered A LOT of questions for me.

I went into this book struggling with the concept of Sam. I ship Celaena and Chaol so hard and didn’t want to ruin that ship by introducing some other swoon-worthy guy.

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But Sam stole my heart, my feels, my sanity and every other teeange-girl feeling I didn’t know I still had at 24. One thing I love about this series though, is that while it does very much focus on romance, it doesn’t at the same time. There is so much to these stories – there’s action, adventure, politics, world-building, culture, betrayal… Maas is a genius story-teller who gives me everything I could want in a fantastic read.

I will say that I feel this bind-up is essential reading for any fan of the series – novellas are usually added extras that don’t add a whole lot to the overall story unless you’re a die-hard fan, they’re the literary version of a Behind The Scenes documentary, but in this case The Assassin’s Blade feels like a must-read if you want to understand Celaena and her motivations.

The Rating


I can’t cope with my love for this series. I can’t cope with the wait until the next books are out. Even though we’re currently going through “death-by-YA-adaptation” I can’t cope with how much I would love for this to be a movie or TV show. But damn they would need to do it right! I just have zero coping going on, basically.

Interesting information for fans who want to know if they’re pronouncing names correctly, Maas has released this guide. I was only messing up two of them!

Have you read The Assassin’s Blade? Are you obsessed with this series?? Tell me in the comments! (No spoilers please!)

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21 Responses

      1. Fantasy. Definitely, fantasy. lol. I haven’t read this series yet. I’ve hoarded the books, of course, but have not read them yet. Fantasy draaaaaaaaggggggsssss for me. :/


      1. thebookheap

        yep! Read the main books, just never got around to the Novellas. I can’t decide if I hate this current trend of Novellas in YA fiction, but I hate them a bit less since they are actually being published in physical format now.


  1. I have Throne of Glass on my Kindle waiting for me! You’ve made me so enthusiastic now! Curse starting a new book already tonight! *speed reads faster than Barry Pierce*


  2. I saw that guide after reading book one. I was pronouncing Chaol wrong the whole time, but I can’t bring myself to say it correctly now. It doesn’t feel the same, haha.

    Love your review!!!! You’ve basically summed up exactly how I felt about this. It reads like a novel and a brilliant one at that. It destroyed my feels.


  3. Carol

    I never really read Fantasy either until I started reading TOG and now it is all I want to read! SJM is a freaking genius! I wish she would come to Ireland or the UK, I would be on a plane so freaking fast!

    I ship Celaena and Chaol so hard but yeah Sam definitely wormed his way into my heart and will stay there forever! Precious Baby Assassin! Excellent review Rachel! Can’t wait to see what you think of Crown of Midnight!


  4. Celeana and Chaol!!! ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ I felt the same way going in, it was so hard to read a story that was essentially redefining your opinion of a main character and a relationship with a person that was really just a name. I DID NOT WANT TO FEEL THE THINGS THAT I FELT FOR SAM.

    I'll stop here to avoid spoiling anything for you – but I am definitely looking forward to your reviews for CoM and HoF!! 😉


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