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The Assassin's Blade

The Throne of Glass Novellas
Narrated by: Elizabeth Evans
Series: Throne of Glass, Book 0.5
Length: 12 hrs and 52 mins
Categories: Teens, Ages 11-13
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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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Remember this book is a "back story"

For those who have not read/listened to the rest of the books yet, you need to understand 1 thing about this book. This is her back story, this is when she was still a teenager, acting like a spoiled brat with a history of anger issues. The whole point of this book is so you can understand why she does something and who her allies are in the rest of the series. You get to understand why she is so broken in book 1.

When I first started this series I had to stop listening to it for a while before I finally came back and gave it a chance. Sarah is character building through the whole series. You have to keep in mind this WHOLE series starts with her at 16 almost 17 and end with her in her 20 or almost 21(I believe). She is bringing this character to life, you will see her grow and learn from her mistakes and make more and learn from them again. The main character is whinny and emotional to the point of annoying but she is ridiculously kind hearted to a fault but doesn't like to show it so she puts on this "tough" face and try's to be someone deep down that she is not. You wont realize this so much in this book, but you will as the series continues and you watch her grow in the the amazing bada** person she is meant to be.

I HATE whinny characters that are supposed to be strong people, and I usually will stop reading a book if the main character doesn't start "growing up" or learning from their mistakes quick enough. BUT that is NOT what is in this book, this is a BACK STORY. This is just so the other characters in the rest of the series have more dept, and it helps you realize why she has such a love/hate relationship with the "King of the Assassins".

This audible book was not available when I got all of the other books in the series, so I had the privilege of knowing the story line before listening to this particular back story. You really could wait to listen to this one after the fact and still understand the rest of the series. This book just brings in the "AHHHH I get it now" when you hear the names of other characters in the story.

Give this book a chance or at the very least save it for like the 5th or last one you read/listen to. It gives you time to understand the growth of the character that Sarah brings to this story. Still one of my favorite character development stories.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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I can't tell if I like this or not

The narrator is not one I care to ever listen to again. She comes across as pissed off all the time. I can't get into the story because she's chosen to perform this book like an angry bitch. Once in a while if a character is upset it's one thing but every single line is done in a snarky, over dramatized, pissed off way. I can't even get through this book. I was hoping to find a new series based on recommendations but just can't do it.

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I could not finish this book.

I found the main character lame. spoilers kinda. I find it hard to believe the same women that risked everything to free slave would turn around and say now that i have my freedom its ok you bought me some earrings. I realize this story is written by a woman , but find it offensive towards women and just poor character development.

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Not for Me

I love Sarah J. Maas novels but, this one was not for me. I tried several times to listen to it and just couldn't get interested. I don't recommend this one.

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i manage to finish it!<br />

ok the books is about an assassin that she prise to be the best, but trogh out the book she is really dumb. ...how can she be the best? So a dumb assassin with a brat attitude and read with the seme attitude. i couldnt stand it...but hopping it get better and... up to you. to decide at the end. maybe the sequel is better....

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1 dimensional characters

We’re continuously informed that the lead character is the no. 1 assassin but we never see any evidence as to why or how this title is owned. Show me, don’t tell me.
On the contrary she seems very adolescent with her short temper and black/white look at life, no grey areas. Everything is either good or bad. Bad guys are just bad, no redeeming qualities. And all the shallow fuss with clothes and make-up; yawn.

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  • C
  • 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

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  • Wooljunky
  • 03-03-16

Outstanding

I read this book ages ago but couldn't remember most of it. I love it. The narrator is Brilliant. Best YA Fantasy I heard in a long time.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-01-18

A great book ruined by an awful natator

Accessible story, maybe to accessible, time will tell. natator ruined the experience for me, some very strange accent choices.

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  • JenniferL
  • 03-14-18

Great Prequel to the Throne of Glass series

This book tells the story of how Celaena finds herself in Endovier, where she starts at the beginning of the Throne of Glass series. This is a great book, filled with shorter stories that build into a bigger picture of her journey through these younger years of her life. It's cleverly written and although you know where she will end it's still filled with intrigue and interest.

I listened to this book after Crown of Midnight which is the order they were published. This worked well for me. I know others have listened to it at different points or even first. I think knowing some of her story before listening to it makes it more interesting.

The narrator of this series is really good and I look forward to listening to more of the Throne of Glass series.

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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!!

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  • TC
  • 11-10-19

A young female assassin with surprisingly few kill

This group of stories my Sarah J. Maas is surprising in the fact that there the lead character seems to prefer 'not' to kill her enemies. That said, I enjoyed the different stories, which, though separate, all formed a coherent narrative. The final story was a bit of a let-down, the premise was a little obvious (I dare say that most readers/listeners would expect what happens!) That said, it is a really enjoyable set of novellas

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  • P. Symons
  • 10-30-19

Good prequel

I enjoyed this very much. I left it until last and listened to the other 7 books first but I think you could enjoy it at the start just as much.

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  • Luke C.
  • 08-08-19

amazing

could not stop listening to this book the story is amazing! thoroughly enjoyed it definitely want to find out what happens next

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  • Alexandra Ivanova
  • 07-24-19

Amazing book combined with great narration!

I've loved the series and have been a fan from the beginning, the narration was great and made the whole book even more enjoyable. Highly recommend

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  • Ian Dawson
  • 07-11-19

Amazing

Elizabeth Evans was perfect for narrator brought the amazing story to life and made it perfect couldn't stop listening

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  • Cody
  • 02-27-18

I COULDN'T STAND IT...

How she would yell the first few words then softly speak the rest. EVERY SENTENCE WOULD BE... The same. A PAUSE BETWEEN... The yelling and speaking

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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!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-07-19

loved it

I honestly love this whole series, I finished with assassin's blade and knowing what I do now it would have been nice to have read it sooner in the series. But I honestly love the whole story and the characters. The narrator did a great job.

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  • Zak Cosgrove
  • 05-16-19

Great Beginings!

Deep story with memorable characters and that builds you a desire to follow the series... 😊

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  • michele maitland
  • 04-24-19

I’m a fan but.....

Hey I’m an adult and I love young adult fiction. This is a great story and the novels to come are great I love the Iron Witches. I just get really annoyed at how clueless Selena is for a master assassin. She had very little deductive analysis which surely must be an attribute of an assassin. Anyway good fantasy and if she wasn’t so clueless at times new plot lines wouldn’t develop

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  • Zachary Heness
  • 04-05-19

Excellent listen

Elizabeth Evans does an excellent job with this, thoroughly enjoyed it.

10/10 would definitely recommend.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-04-19

Great read

Gripping all the way until the end, well structured and interesting read. I look forward to the next installment

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-31-19

Fantastic series!!

I could not get enough of Sarah J Maas!!
This series has just gripped me from beginning to end!
Easy to read, don’t want to put it down kind of books!!

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  • Rosalie Langham
  • 07-21-18

loved it

have listened to most of the series. I just love them all.worth listening to it

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-13-18

Strong female role

so good you can re listen to the story every few years. strong female role