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.
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.
"My test of a good book is dreading to begin the last chapter." - Thomas Helm
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.
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.
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.
This is possibly the last Maas book I "read" but not the last in the genre.
Mon no tone
I can return it.
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.
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.
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.
The narrator was great I just don't know how she was able to finish the book.
Just because you say your the best does not mean your the best.
I love sci-fi, fantasy, and all things surreal.
So this world is all new to me. It's a decent collection of stories, with decently flawed character personalities. I hate it when characters too perfect and don't seem relatable. A couple of plot holes and some things you see coming from miles and miles away, but overall, a good read.
Amazing, Emotional and Insightful
The Assassin's Blade is much like Throne of Glass as far as following Celaena's story but using shorter stories to do so.
Read within four days. Mostly because I wanted to finish before Queen of Shadows came out.
I love this series and Elizabeth Evans as the narrator. She is incredible in bringing not just the characters to life but the story.
The Assassin’s Blade is the prequel to the Throne of Glass Series by Sarah J Maas. It has the same narrator from the Throne of Glass Series, who did an incredible job. From what I understand, they came out in novella form prior to the release of Throne of Glass in 2013, but were bundled together in one book, The Assassin’s Blade, prior to the release of Crown of Midnight in 2015. I did not read the book until after I finish Crown of Midnight.
DO YOU NEED TO READ THEM TO UNDERSTAND THE THRONE OF GLASS SERIES? No. They do help you understand some of the stories Celaena tells and Celaena’s mind. VERY SMALL SPOILER: They are about Celaena’s fall. You may not like Celaena by the end of the story. I can’t begin to tell you the number of times I wanted to shake and slap her around in this story. She evolves so much throughout the Throne of Glass series. I think hitting rock bottom, helped shape her into a completely different person.
WOULD I RECOMMEND READING THEM? YES! Not because it fills in the gaps but because they are amazing. They are well written and suck you in. SJM’s writing causes you to feel all these emotions. She does a perfect job transporting you to her world. Plus, I wouldn’t doubt that a character or two from The Assassin’s Blade might pop up in last two books from this series. There are characters from the prequel that should be in lands that are our characters are headed to.
What a wonderful book always kept me on my toes wondering what will happen next
Did not expect that ending, sad but different from many others
Hopefully there's another part to this storyline
The narrator isn't very good. The story could possibly be ok...but I just can't take the narrator's voice. It's a great voice for chick-lit or a mystery (the light and comedic type of mystery).
"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!!
The fact it's 5 separate stories rolled into 1. I felt like I was on 5 mini adventures
It's so fast paced, you are gripped from the very beginning
She kicks ass
"an ok book"
the story line is kind of boring, but can also be exiting from time top time.
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