Review: The Assassin’s Blade (Throne of Glass #0.4, #0.5) – Sarah J. Maas


The Assassin’s Blade (Throne of Glass #0.4, #0.5) – Sarah J. Maas

The Assassin's Blade (Throne of Glass, #0.1-0.5)

Title: The Assassin’s Blade (Throne of Glass #0.1, #0.2, #0.3)

Author: Sarah J. Maas

Release Date: March 4, 2014

Publisher: Bloomsbury

Format: Paperback

Page Number: 438

Source: TBR Shelf

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 readers 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”


The Assassin and the Underworld (Throne of Glass #0.4)

5 out of 5 stars

Aww to the ending of this.

This novella followed Celaena after she gets back from the Silent Assassin camp in The Assassin and the Desert. She comes back and gets showered with gifts from Arobynn Hamel and has enough money to be free from her debts from him. Arobynn gives her a mission that will fight against the slave trade that started off this novella series.

Sam.

Okay, so I knew that she liked Sam, but so cute omg. Everyone can be an asshole sometimes, but Celaena and Sam are the masters of this. They so obviously like each other and have for forever, so the way they’re just mean to each other killed me, but it’s fine. I’m over it… kinda.

SPOILERS

So Sam and Celaena go on this mission to kill this guy who they find out is actually the good guy. That sucks, but what could be worse? Oh yeah, your boss using your money to buy the virginity of the girl you hate more than anyone. Oh but on top of that, you’re blamed for everything. I was pissed off for Celaena and I just want her to go and kill Arobynn because he’s not okay.

I was fully convinced that Sarah J. Maas was going to kill off Sam, but she didn’t yay! I love Sam. He’s sweet and cute and funny and nice and sarcastic mmm. He’s my fav. So at the end fo this Celaena pays off his debt and then they move in together in her new apartment that she told Arobynn she was moving into. Cute.

I feel it now, though. Sam is going to die. Because everything is too perfect right now. Their first kiss was too cute and when he told her that he loved her omg aww. But something bad is going to happen and it hurts me, but it’s just my prediction.


The Assassin and the Empire

5 out of stars

I’m broken from that.

So I literally read this in one sitting. Didn’t even get up. All 94 pages of it. I couldn’t help it because it was so good.

Don’t read this if you haven’t read this novella, but I was right.

I knew I was going to be right because that’s usually how it works. (not tooting my own horn but I’m good at predicting endings). Poor Sam. Poor Celaena.

Oh my gosh ugh no why sadness.

So this novella followed Celaena and Sam after they leave the Assassin’s Keep and they’re living together in Celaena’s apartment. They have no money but have to pay Arobynn Hamel their debt to get out of the Guild, which is super messed up and is totally a horrible monopoly, but they want to move away to the Southern Continent to create a new life for themselves, and Sam takes on a job that will pay super well, and it. Goes. Down.

My heart is so sad because I didn’t want what happened to Sam to happen, and I hated seeing Celaena hurting like she was. It’s not fair that she has to endure even more pain, and fricking Arobynn Hamel is the one who gave her up. Oh my lord I literally almost threw my book across the room when I found out it was him. I had the suspicion it was him from the moment he took on the job, but ugh not okay.

I can’t wait for her to find out that it was him that gave them up because she’s going to murder him in the worst way possible because he took Sam away from her. Oh my lord and she never got to tell him about her childhood it’s just so sad.

ps. I know there are a lot of run-on sentences, give me a break. I have a lot of emotions happening.

I KNEW it was going to happen. And that’s the worst part because I don’t feel like I was actually prepared for it emotionally.

The ending was so powerful and just made me want to re-read Throne of Glass *which I will,* but she used Sam’s mantra. Aww. So sad but aww. She is strong and she will survive it, and going into the first book (again) will make me understand more about her and her backstory and I’m just so excited :) :) :)

yay I love Sarah J. Maas.

Series:

The Assassin and the Pirate Lord (Throne of Glass #0.1)

The Assassin and the Healer (Throne of Glass #0.2)

The Assassin and the Desert (Throne of Glass #0.3)

Review: The Assassin’s Blade (Throne of Glass #0.1, #0.2, #0.3) – Sarah J. Maas


The Assassin’s Blade (Throne of Glass #0.1, #0.2, #0.3) – Sarah J. Maas

The Assassin's Blade (Throne of Glass, #0.1-0.5)

Title: The Assassin’s Blade (Throne of Glass #0.1, #0.2, #0.3)

Author: Sarah J. Maas

Release Date: March 4, 2014

Publisher: Bloomsbury

Format: Paperback

Page Number: 438

Source: TBR Shelf

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 readers 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”


The Assassin and the Pirate Lord (Throne of Glass #0.1)

5 out of 5 stars

I love being back in this world and am so happy to be reading this series again. I have only read the first book, so it’s nice to see Celaena before the events of Throne of Glass. Sarah J. Maas has quickly become one of my favorite authors and I’m pumped to read everything she’s written so then I can be caught up for when she releases new books.

This novella followed Celaena and Sam, two assassins, when they go to visit the Pirate Lord. The sixteen year old Celaena becomes very passionate about the slave trade industry, and finds her own way to put a stop to it.

I really enjoyed this novella and loved Sam. I don’t know what happens to him or if he’s part of the full series, but I really hope he comes into the main story sometime soon. He’s so cute and sassy. I love that he’s sarcastic and sasses Celaena; I feel like she needs that sometimes. She needs some sense knocked into her.

Can’t wait to continue reading these novellas!


The Assassin and the Healer (Throne of Glass #0.2)

4 out of 5 stars

This novella followed Celaena and a girl named Yrene Towers. This took place in a small town at a pub that Yrene worked at, and Celaena was there after the events of The Assassin and the Pirate Lord. She was thrown out of the Assassin’s Guild, and her punishment wasn’t mentioned other than her being beat up and bruised all over.

Celaena sat in the back of the pub just looking for someone to fight, and the barmaid, Yrene, is just trying to make some extra money so she can go and train to be a healer.

I enjoyed this story, but it was a little slow. It was very short, so I don’t know why I felt like I was trudging through a little. I feel like Yrene is going to come up again in the future (if she hasn’t already) because her last name is Towers and that has to do with the title of book #6 (?).

I liked that Celaena showed Yrene how to fight by the end because now she can defend herself and it was a bonding experience. Yay friendships. Celaena needs some friends in her life because she’s always so serious. I mean she is an assassin, so she is supposed to be serious, but you know what I mean.


The Assassin and the Desert (Throne of Glass #0.3)

5 out of 5 stars

This has been my favorite novella so far because I loved the characters and the atmosphere of the story! Celaena is sent to an assassin camp in the middle of the Red Desert as her punishment for disobeying Arobynn Hamel. She has to get a letter of recommendation from the Master by the end of one month to be sent back with her.

The setting for this was very cool and I was intrigued the whole time. I loved that it was set in the middle of a desert, and it was interesting that most of the assassins that were being trained there had taken a vow of silence. They just communicated with gestures and expressions rather than words. I found it to be a unique part of the story that I wasn’t expecting.

I loved the characters in this story because they were so fun to read about. I loved Ansel *at the beginning,* I LOVED Ilias, and Celaena grew so much throughout this novella.

I loved this so much. It gave me so much insight to Celaena’s life, and I can’t wait to read the last two novellas!!

Series:

The Assassin and the Underworld (Throne of Glass #0.4)

The Assassin and the Empire (Throne of Glass #0.5)

Review: Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass #1) – Sarah J. Maas


Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass #1) – Sarah J. Maas

Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass, #1)

Title: Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass #1)

Author: Sarah J. Maas

Release Date: August 2, 2012

Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens

Format: Paperback

Page Number: 404

Source: TBR Pile

In a land without magic, where the king rules with an iron hand, an assassin is summoned to the castle. She comes not to kill the king, but to win her freedom. If she defeats twenty-three killers, thieves, and warriors in a competition, she is released from prison to serve as the king’s champion. Her name is Celaena Sardothien.

The Crown Prince will provoke her. The Captain of the Guard will protect her. But something evil dwells in the castle of glass–and it’s there to kill. When her competitors start dying one by one, Celaena’s fight for freedom becomes a fight for survival, and a desperate quest to root out the evil before it destroys her world.

5 out of 5 stars


Celaena Sardothien, the coolest sassiest assassin you will ever meet.

Throne of Glass stars out with talking about Celaena and her imprisonment in Endovier, the worst death camp. It goes through why she was sent to Endovier, and you find out that she is an 18 year old assassin who is being chosen to participate in the competition to be the King’s Champion. The Crown Prince, Dorian, chooses her to be his Champion in the competition, and brings her to train at the castle with the other Champions.

This book chronicles her training, Tests, and difficult life at the castle during this competition. Love interests are introduced. Friendships are made. Celaena is put to the ultimate test…

You guys. This book. It. Was. So. Amazing. I. Can’t. Even. Explain.

So a lot goes down in this book and it’s hard to talk about it without spoiling anything, but Sarah J. Maas is one of my new favorite authors for sure. The way this book is written is so fast-paced, easy to understand but is actually a quite complex world, and so unbelievably well written. It’s been awhile since I’ve read a book and enjoyed every single part of it, but holy hot dang this book is so fricking good.

I didn’t want to give into the hype surrounding this series because I didn’t want to be disappointed, but I’m so glad I read it. I may or may not have already ordered books 2, 3, and 4… Anyway. I can’t wait to see where the rest of this series goes.

I loved the friendship Celaena had with Nehemia. I love reading about friendships, and it was cool to see the two different personalities mesh together so well. I loved this aspect of this book. The friendship is put to the test, but they are still besties by the end *kind of not a spoiler at all.*

This love triangle is perfect. First of all, I HATE love triangles. With a burning passion. I’m all for the idea of “if you fall in love with another person after you’re already ‘in love,’ just choose the second person because you’re obviously not in love with them,” but this book didn’t have that. She is introduced to both of them at the same time. So if you didn’t know, the love triangle is between Celaena, Dorian, and Chaol. Throughout the entire book I’ve been team Dorian because I think he’s perfect, but right at the end. Wow. If you’ve read this you know what I mean. Dorian has some little issues that he shouldn’t have to burden Celaena with, but he loves her so much and she loves him. Ugh oh my gosh. But Chaol is also perfect. He just has a harder outer shell to break through. He’s also more shy, and has always been in the shadows of Dorian because you know, he’s not the Crown Prince. But he’s such an awesome guy. Both Chaol and Dorian love Celaena, but Celaena doesn’t even know the half of it yet. It’s a hard life when the love triangle is so well written that you don’t even know who you like better. Right now I’m leaning towards Chaol, but I still have 5 books…

The magic in this book is super edgy and cool to read about, too. I like that it’s banned, but not completely gone. I cannot wait to see where the rest of this series goes. I’m surprised I’ve dodged all of the spoilers up until now. It’s kind of hard to believe considering I’ve heard so many people rave about this book.

PLEASE READ THIS BOOK! The fantasy aspects aren’t super difficult to pick up, so if you’re new to fantasy, try this one out. Everyone needs to read this. It’s so good it hurts me physically.