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Editorial 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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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.

14 of 14 people found this review helpful

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Entertaining and annoying at the same time

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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.

13 of 13 people found this review helpful

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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.

23 of 26 people found this review helpful

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Read this book first!

Audible recommended this series. I read some of the reviews but wasn't sure which book to start with. sometimes prequel s give away too much of the later books. not the case with The Assassin's Blade. The stories were riveting and gave some great insight into the characters and land. Maas is an excellent author. I didn't care for the narration but thats me. I don't care for most female narrators, give me a hot European everytime!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Even better as audio!

These novellas are amazing and this os my third re-read, first on audio and the emotional impact gets bigger every time!

The narrator does a great job even with the male voices.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Amazing and Emotional

If you could sum up The Assassin's Blade in three words, what would they be?

Amazing, Emotional and Insightful

What other book might you compare The Assassin's Blade to and why?

The Assassin's Blade is much like Throne of Glass as far as following Celaena's story but using shorter stories to do so.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Read within four days. Mostly because I wanted to finish before Queen of Shadows came out.

Any additional comments?

I love this series and Elizabeth Evans as the narrator. She is incredible in bringing not just the characters to life but the story.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • 08-27-14

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.

11 of 14 people found this review helpful

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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.

18 of 24 people found this review helpful

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I read this before the main series...

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.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

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great start to the series

this just kick starts my need to dig deeper into the series and finish it all. although I have a strong feeling it might break my heart to finish.

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  • 01-10-17

love it

never fails to sucks you in and entertain. Sarah J Mass is an amazing author. I just can't get enough. The narrator is amazing and does the book justice

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Wooljunky
  • 03-03-16

Amazing

What made the experience of listening to The Assassin's Blade the most enjoyable?

The fact it's 5 separate stories rolled into 1. I felt like I was on 5 mini adventures

What did you like best about this story?

It's so fast paced, you are gripped from the very beginning

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

She kicks ass

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Lulu
  • 05-21-14

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!!

4 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-03-17

Amazing

What an amazing read with beautiful narration! Such a brilliant, powerful story which tugs at heart strings. You cannot beat a good woman who can kick ass.

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  • CeNedra Red
  • 09-07-16

Stupid Heroine!

Would you listen to The Assassin's Blade again? Why?

Yes I would listen to this book again. I did enjoy the story, even if the main character was a silly little girl.

What other book might you compare The Assassin's Blade to, and why?

Can't think of any at the moment.

What about Elizabeth Evans’s performance did you like?

It was a performance that brought the story to life. Very well done.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

A Silly Girl Walks Into An Obvious Story

Any additional comments?

I truly enjoyed the story, but I have to say I just couldn't stand the main character. She was arrogant, spoiled, vapid and stupid. It was the story that made this book worth listening to; that and the other characters. I will be listening to the other audio books in this series. I'll just ignore the spoiled brat, and enjoy the rest.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Silvana
  • 01-25-15

an ok book

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

0 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • stacey
  • 10-06-16

best books and boice actor!

omg! I love these books!!!!!!! the voice actor is the absolute best! I like the other series more but this was grrat to and gave the story more body anf now I want to listen to the other books all over again!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful