157. The Assassin’s Blade- Sarah J MAAS

Hello everybody- I’M ALIVE!!

Christ, I blink and suddenly it has been fives months since my last review! As usual, real life has ran away with me and I hardly have time to read, much less review. HOWEVER- this should be changing later this year as I am switching to a different shift pattern which means no more night shift. This also means I might have more time to be awake enough to read- and yes, REVIEW! crowd cheers. It kills me that I am about four books behind on Sarah J Maas releases and I still haven’t finished the Lunar Chronicles series!

Anyway, onto the main show- here is my first review in 6 months!


Title: The Assassin’s Blade

Author: Sarah J MAAS

Ratings: ★★★★

On the Shelves: Young Adult> Fantasy

Celaena Sardothien is Adarlan’s most feared assassin. As part of the Assassin’s Guild, her allegiance is to her master, Arobynn Hamel, yet Celaena listens to no one and trusts only her fellow killer-for-hire, Sam. In these action-packed novellas – together in one edition for the first time – Celaena embarks on five daring missions. They take her from remote islands to hostile deserts, where she fights to liberate slaves and seeks to avenge the tyrannous. But she is acting against Arobynn’s orders and could suffer an unimaginable punishment for such treachery. Will Celaena ever be truly free? Explore the dark underworld of this kick-ass heroine to find out. (Goodreads 2016)

Oh holy jesus this book. I experienced ALL of the feels throughout reading this. It may have been months since I read it due to the delayed review but I still remember the rollercoaster I went through! This book is a prequel to the Throne of Glass Series by MAAS and it follows Celaena’s journey leading upto the series and also throughout the first book. This is brilliatn because it gives you such an insight as to how Celaena wound up in those mines, and what happened with her previous lover, Sam. Oh Sam- I wound up shipping it so hard which made me feel conflicted since I am a hardcore Chaolaena fan if any of them.

Like with any of the Throne of Glass series, this allows the reader to see Celaena endure hardships and you can see how her character grows stronger with each of the five short stories.. As a younger character, Celaena is reckless and stubborn and rushes in without thinking- seeing the difference in her from this to Heir of Fire is an astounding but believable growth of character by Maas. Mass’ character building is on parr with her world building, and it just seems to get stronger and more immersive with every book she writes. This did not disappoint me, as a Throne of Glass fan, and I really really need to get on catching up with the series!


6 thoughts on “157. The Assassin’s Blade- Sarah J MAAS

  1. Elen @ A World of Reviews says:

    You really need to catch up!! The series has gotten so good – the latest book even made me cry a little. And I remember when I read this I shipped Celaena and Sam SO much. I’m still not over them.

    • thebookheap says:

      I KNOW i’m so behind oh my god. I’ve just ordered 3 of her books from amazon (they have a deal – 3 for £10 at the moment!) , so I got queen of shadows, empire of storms and a court of mist and fury (I listened to ACOTAR on audible ;). So I plan on binge reading them over my xmas holiday! : D

      • Elen @ A World of Reviews says:

        Binge reading them sounds so good! And I guess you won’t have the ridiculous waiting time between books. 😀 And ACOMAF is even better than ACOTAR – it was incredible!

    • thebookheap says:

      I KNOW RIGHT. I MISSED YOU ALL! Thanks for the welcome back! It’s been a hectic 2 years but hopefully come december/march I’ll have some free time back outside of the job allowing me to both read and review more!

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