Review: The Assassin’s Blade

Title: The Assassin’s Blade
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Published: 2014
Page Count: 435
Rating: 4/5

This review may contain some spoilers!

The Assassin’s Blade is a collection of 5 short stories that take place before the first book, Throne of Glass. I am going to go through each story and give a little synopsis of it and what I thought of it.

The Assassin and the Pirate Lord | Rating: 3/5
Celaena Sardothien and Sam Cortland are sent by Arobynn, to Skull’s Bay. Arobynn has some business with Captain Rolfe, Lord of the Pirates but Celaena thinks they are there for other reasons. Three assassin’s from their guild were found dead and she believes that the Pirate Lord is responsible. But Arobynn lied to her. He sent her there believing that she was sent there for that purpose but she was really sent to be a part of a slave trade that would make Arobynn a lot of money. She starts making a plan and decides that she wants to free the slaves and Sam wants to help.

This story was a little boring to me. I couldn’t keep my focus on it and found myself thinking of other things while reading. I’m not entirely sure why either because I’m very fond of stories with pirates. Anyway, Celaena is not a huge fan of Sam’s. She thinks he is annoying and doesn’t particularly like that she is sent to Skull’s Bay with him. But after they finish their tasks, she starts thinking that maybe he’s not so bad. The entire time Celaena is in Skull’s Bay she’s wearing a suit that covers her face so that no one can see what she looks like. She even goes so far as to not eat when she is dining with the Pirate Lord, which just made me laugh. All of the parts with her and Sam are cute and I think it makes the story more interesting that they started out as a hate-love relationship.

The Assassin and the Healer | Rating: 4/5
Celaena is traveling and is staying at the White Pig Inn, in Innish where she meets Yrene. Celaena sits in the corner of the pub with her cloak on and gets a lot of looks from the locals and workers in the pub. Yrene works at the White Pig and brings Celaena her drinks and food. Celaena just looks like she’s asking for a fight but one night in an alley, a group of men try to cross Yrene and Celaena just happens across them and takes care of them. Yrene tells Celaena that she can bandage her up and help her because she is a healer. Celaena goes with her and decides that she is going to train Yrene so that she can defend herself.

I really enjoyed this story when I read it, but as I read the other stories in the book, it didn’t hold up as they did. And after reading the others, this one seems to be the most out of placed. I’m sure we will see Yrene later in the series (hopefully). I really liked Yrene and I felt so bad that she was working at the White Pig. She had original plans to work there long enough to get money so she could go to Antica and receive training in healing. But she just got too comfortable and it became easy for to just stay in Innish. Celaena is a little rough on Yrene and just straightforward with her. Maybe that’s why I had so much sympathy for her.

The Assassin and the Desert | Rating: 5/5
Celaena was sent to the Mute Master in the Red Desert for training by Arobynn because of her disobedience when she freed the slaves in Skull’s Bay. She is to spend 1 month there and receive a letter from the Mute Master saying that she has received the training. Celaena quickly befriends Ansel, who is also an assassin training there but she has never received any personal training from the Master and says that it may never happen for Celaena. Celaena is worried because she just wants to get the letter and leave. But chaos erupts and she must say goodbye to a friend in order to save others.

I really really loved this story. It really showed me that Celaena can make friends with other females. But it also showed me that Celaena is not at all humble. She thinks that she is the best of the best and can take anyone. She walks into the Silent Assassin’s guild thinking that she is better than everyone and I don’t really like that kind of attitude. But Celaena makes a friend in Ansel and I really loved to see their friendship bloom. I was always suspicious of Ansel though even from the beginning so I did see that coming, but it didn’t take away the great story.

The Assassin and the Underworld | Rating: 4/5
Celaena is back in Rifthold with Arobynn but she has brought some money with her to pay for her freedom. But she doesn’t give it to Arobynn immediately because she’s worried what will happen between the two of them. This is also the first that she sees Sam since Skull’s Bay and she’s delighted to see him but hides her feelings of that. Arobynn gives Celaena her first job back, and Celaena is happy to oblige since she is to assassinate Doneval, who has some documents showing the people who are opposed of Adarlan and to the slave-trade, that he wants to set up a slave-trade to import and export the slaves. So he will use the documents to force those opposed to stand with him. Celaena assassinates him but it’s too late. Arobynn lied to her about the whole thing and she killed innocent people.

This story we really get to see the relationship between Celaena and Sam. Sam tells her that he loves her and Celaena finally pays Arobynn so she can be free. She also pays for Sam’s freedom. This is where we also get to see how terrible Arobynn really is. I mean he was obviously terrible before, but if you didn’t see it before, you definitely can see it now. I mean he lied about the entire operation of the job he gave Celaena and she thought she was doing something great. I can’t wait to see Arobynn tortured because I have feeling that, one day that will happen later on the other books.

The Assassin and the Empire | Rating: 5/5
Celaena and Sam are now free of Arobynn and are trying to find work but it’s not easy. They decide they want to pay out their way out of Arobynn’s Guild, because even though they are free of Arobynn, they are still part of the Assassin’s Guild. But Celaena would have to spend ALL of her money in order to free both her and Sam of the Guild and they have plans to move out of Rifthold. Sam finds a job for them to assassinate Ioan Jayne, the biggest Crime Lord in Rifthold and his second in command, Rourke Farran. Celaena is totally against it at the beginning but then realizes that she really wants to get away with Sam and tells him they will do it.

This story hurt so bad! If you have read Throne of Glass then you know the outcome of Sam Cortland. And after reading about their cute romance and the way he died was just awful and unimaginable. We also know that Celaena ends up in Endovier to work in the Salt Mines. So while I was reading this story I knew the outcome but it was still a great story just very heartbreaking. Celaena just didn’t give any cares after Sam dies and you can just feel all of her emotions in Sarah J. Maas’ writing.

I thought these novellas were very well written and I’m glad that I read them. I’ll be starting up next with Heir of Fire and I can’t wait to see what happens.

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