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The Assassin's Blade: The Throne of Glass Novellas | [Sarah J. Maas]

The Assassin's Blade: The Throne of Glass Novellas

Celaena Sardothien is her kingdom's most feared assassin. Though she works for the powerful and ruthless Assassin's Guild, Celaena yields to no one and trusts only her fellow killer for hire, Sam. When Celaena's scheming master, Arobynn Hamel, dispatches her on missions that take her from remote islands to hostile deserts, she finds herself acting independently of his wishes - and questioning her own allegiance. Along the way, she makes friends and enemies alike, and discovers that she feels far more for Sam than just friendship.
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Audible Editor Reviews

Editors Select, April 2014 - I’ve been a huge fan of Celaena Sardothien since first listening to the Throne of Glass novels. While I was fascinated with her journey to become the King’s royal assassin and win her freedom from the treacherous salt mines, I always wondered about her early years and the events that led her to become the world’s deadliest assassin. Assassin's Blade treats fans to twelve stories looking back at Celaeana’s past adventures, which helped shed light on mysteries left unanswered in the novels. If you love Sarah J. Maas’ series, or are looking for an action-packed YA fantasy series, don’t miss this one. —Sarah, Audible Editor

Publisher's Summary

Celaena Sardothien is her kingdom's most feared assassin. Though she works for the powerful and ruthless Assassin's Guild, Celaena yields to no one and trusts only her fellow killer for hire, Sam.

When Celaena's scheming master, Arobynn Hamel, dispatches her on missions that take her from remote islands to hostile deserts, she finds herself acting independently of his wishes - and questioning her own allegiance. Along the way, she makes friends and enemies alike, and discovers that she feels far more for Sam than just friendship. But by defying Arobynn's orders, Celaena risks unimaginable punishment, and with Sam by her side, he is in danger, too. They will have to risk it all if they hope to escape Arobynn's clutches - and if they fail, they'll lose not just a chance at freedom, but their lives…

A prequel to Throne of Glass, this collection of five novellas offers listeners a deeper look into the history of this cunning assassin and her enthralling - and deadly - world.

Included in this volume:

The Assassin and the Pirate Lord

The Assassin and the Healer

The Assassin and the Desert

The Assassin and the Underworld

The Assassin and the Empire

©2014 Sarah J. Maas (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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    Noelle 08-26-14
    Noelle 08-26-14

    "My test of a good book is dreading to begin the last chapter." - Thomas Helm

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    "Interesting Story, I'm game."

    I'm looking forward to starting Book 1 (this was Book 0.5). I downloaded the rest of the series, even preordered Book 4 (September 2) as well as the kindle versions. This is an interesting story about a young girl rescued & turned into an assassin. It's reminiscent of the tv show Nikita only w/ Kings, Queens and Kingdoms. I liked the idea of it all and found the story interesting.

    My only confusion or thing I graple with is this young girl is an assassin, how is it w/ her caution, care & training does she not catch on to the betrayal she is delt. I give her a pass based upon the fact that she is 16 when this story starts. I'm hoping to see her mature through out these next books.

    Performance: Please forgive me, I'm picky. I'm an Emma Galvin, Therese Plummer fan. Some review I've read dislike my chosen narrators. It's just me. I feel Evans read Celina a bit too snotty but the voice for her is perfect. Make sense? I don't like how nasty she reads her at times when I feel Celina may have been being defencive not a brat. Her male voices are awful. But I'm sticking w/the audible & kindle version as I enjoy the story. Evans isn't horrid perhaps not my cup of tea is all.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Rachel Oceanside, CA, United States 05-26-14
    Rachel Oceanside, CA, United States 05-26-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Entertaining and annoying at the same time"
    Any additional comments?

    As with all of the books in this series so far, I found the story to be good and entertaining, but Celaena's pride and anger are really grating! Maybe if I read the books, rather than listened to them with the narrators own interpretations and inflections, I might not find Celaena to be so hostile and prideful nearly every waking moment. Another thing I find silly is that she is supposed to be THE assassin, but yet she is so trusting of the wrong people and is so easily duped, and all the while she is not trusting the people that she should be. But those gripes aside, they are all good short stories and give you some insight into her life before becoming the King's Champion.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Amariah Tucker 06-11-14 Member Since 2014
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    "WoW that story has major Problems"
    Would you try another book from Sarah J. Maas and/or Elizabeth Evans?

    Yes but, I am really dishearten from this book. I have over a hundred book in my library and this is by far one of the worst book.


    What was most disappointing about Sarah J. Maas’s story?

    The major problem with the story is it's believability. The main character is supposed to be the best assassin in the country. If Sarah did not remind you of this every 5 min you would totally forget this and swear the it was about the country's WORST and DUMBEST assassin. I'm still asking myself why would she portray her character in such a way. It was like a running joke. "I'm the country's best assassin" Then she immediately runs off and does something to contradicts that statement. Also her training in the desert was almost a total waist. She should have come back to town and shocked them with her new skills. She also should have gotten better skills while training. Not that the leader of the other assassin's guild proved in anyway that he could do anything well besides be quite. I REALLY fell that this book was a big joke.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    My favorite scene was when she realized she was being played for a fool for the ten time in a row. Wait!!! that didn't happen.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The narrator was great I just don't know how she was able to finish the book.


    Any additional comments?

    Just because you say your the best does not mean your the best.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Makoto Ichijoji Burlington, KY United States 02-11-15
    Makoto Ichijoji Burlington, KY United States 02-11-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Schlocky"

    I wanted action and got tricked into a romance. The protagonist was obnoxious with no redeeming qualities; her moments of grief or guilt felt disingenuous and did not convince me. Nothing about her screamed "world class assassin" as it seemed like luck and other people were responsible for her success or saving her life - making her narcissism even more unendurable. Then when the romance hit, the main characters all seemed to go stupid and saccharine.
    Not my kind of fantasy novel ; it was not deep, exciting, nor did I learn or find a new perspective on the human condition.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    M 08-27-14
    M 08-27-14
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    "No, just no"
    What disappointed you about The Assassin's Blade?

    The premise was enticing but the delivery was too slow to arrive. What happens after the first hour I will never know. I am ok with not knowing.


    Has The Assassin's Blade turned you off from other books in this genre?

    This is possibly the last Maas book I "read" but not the last in the genre.


    What three words best describe Elizabeth Evans’s performance?

    Mon no tone


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I can return it.


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Kristina Norway 06-08-15
    Kristina Norway 06-08-15 Member Since 2014

    Norwegian girl studying English literature at the university. Love to read, and just getting into audio books. YA and Urban Fantasy.

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    "Must-read before starting book 1"

    This is a great collection of novellas, which reads as a book rather than stand-alones. As someone who has read the first book in the series, then was advices to read Assassin's Blade bedore proceeding, I have to say I agree. Throne of Glass becomes so much more when you have read Blade first, and though I already have book 2 and 3 in my library I will re-listen to book 1 now that I have read the novellas. You don't have to know anything about Maas' universe in order to read this; in fact, it SHOULD be read first by anyone contemplating checking out this series. If by the end of it you don't want to continue... Well, I don't think I'll ever meet someone who can say that.

    A big plus for this series' audiobooks is the narrator. Elizabeth Evans does a fantastic job reading this story, and is definitely on my top ten-list of Audible narrators. Bravo.

    I'd say this book (series, actually) is suitable for anyone who likes a good adventure, strong female lead (sometimes too strong, but she's young and she's learning), and good world building in an alternative universe. If you enjoy Leigh Bardugo's Grisha-series or Sherry Thomas' Elemental Trilogy I am positive you will enjoy this series and this book as well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mike Horton 06-02-15
    Mike Horton 06-02-15
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    "Cool story but poor performance"

    The reader makes basically all male characters sound mentally impaired. Its extremely irritating and subtracts from the cool world that ms. Maas created.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Christopher CORPUS CHRISTI, TX, United States 05-21-15
    Christopher CORPUS CHRISTI, TX, United States 05-21-15 Member Since 2014

    I like fiction(Rick Riordan),sci-fi(Orson S. Card), and vampires and werewolfs(LK Hamilton) to name a few.

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    "The assassin gets caught in an obvious trap"

    Again and again.

    I know she is a teenage girl but she is also supposed to be the best assassin in the kingdom....she really shows much more of the teenage girl in this and less of the best in the kingdom part. She dances like a puppet as her master plays all hers strings EFFORTLESSLY and she is horribly blind to the obvious and easily avoidable pitfalls again and again. A truly disappointing prequel/origin story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    sd 05-20-15
    sd 05-20-15
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    "Good story, but sounds like it was written by a teen."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I enjoyed the story line, but there were small inconsistencies in the plot that were bothersome. Overall the quality of the writing was weak. Perhaps it would have helped to have some of the story told from someone else's point of view. Also, it never became clear why the main character was considered such a good assassin when she always made so many mistakes.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Bettie 05-14-15
    Bettie 05-14-15 Member Since 2014
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    "How many ships can you ship?"

    I love these stories. I love this series. I wish I could go back a few centuries and be an assassin. This isn't what I find most appealing about these books however. In the first book I was a bit annoyed at the triangle forming between Dorian the assassin and Chaol.... But as you read through the series you see that the author has evolved far past the cliche love triangle as a way of pushing her books forward. Instead she shows us in a very convincing way what happens in everyday life. As we grow and change we fall in love MANY MANY MANY times. And it always feels epic and it always feels like the one love to end all loves. I truly mourn the death of Sam but I did ship the assassin and her master just a bit. These love stories feel really real even in a setting so fantastical. This is where I believe the authors true talent lies.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    "an ok book"

    the story line is kind of boring, but can also be exiting from time top time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lulu
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    5/21/14
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    "OK, Moderately Enjoyable"

    I was expecting a little more intrigue and depth but didn't get it. Don't get me wrong, it was an enjoyable read but I couldn't help getting irritated with this supposed mysterious heroine who acted way too much on careless impulse and emotion (dumb blonde). As such, less emphasis was placed on building-up a story with greater intellectual complexity or stimulation that would compel one to grab the sequel with enthusiasm...Not much effort was put into describing the world in which our heroine lives, and too many questions were left hanging (obviously to be answered in the sequels) leaving a shallow if not hollow story.. I don't feel compelled to find out whether the questions will be addressed in the sequels.. BUT, hands up to the narrator - she brought the book to life in a way that could not have been achieved by reading the book/hard copy. I've probably been too harsh in my review of this book, but, it didn't provide much basis flattery. I think, even if I was a YA, I'd have wanted a little more intrigue!!

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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