The Assassin's Blade: The Throne of Glass Novellas

The Assassin's Blade: The Throne of Glass Novellas

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by Sarah J. Maas

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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


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

Editorial Reviews

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“Fans and libraries will delight in having this gorgeous edition of the interconnected stories. Action-packed and full of insight into Celaena's character . . . What a ride!” —Booklist

“Vivid Celaena, loving and brutally violent in turn, is a fully realized heroine. . . . An epic fantasy readers will immerse themselves in and never want to leave.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review, on Crown of Midnight

“With assassinations, betrayal, love and magic, this novel has something to match everyone's interests . . . The action will carry you right to the end, leaving you eager for the next installment.” —RT Book Reviews, Top Pick, on Crown of Midnight

“Readers seeking the political intrigue of Kristen Cashore's Graceling and . . . the deadly competition at the heart of The Hunger Games will find both [here].” —Publishers Weekly, starred review, on Throne of Glass

“A must-read. . . . Maas has created a truly remarkable heroine who doesn't sacrifice the grit that makes her real in order to do what's right in the end.” —USA Today on Throne of Glass

“Fans of Game of Thrones and the Hunger Games will love it!” —Colleen Houck, New York Times bestselling author, on Throne of Glass

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Bloomsbury USA
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Throne of Glass Series
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Product dimensions:
9.20(w) x 6.50(h) x 1.60(d)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

SARAH J. MAAS is the New York Times bestselling author of Throne of Glass and its sequel Crown of Midnight. Sarah, a New York native, currently lives in the California desert. Visit her online at
Twitter: @SJMaas

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The Assassin's Blade: The Throne of Glass novellas 4.6 out of 5 based on 2 ratings. 45 reviews.
Reading-is-My-Treasure More than 1 year ago
THE ASSASSIN'S BLADE These are the best novellas to go with a series that I've read so far, and for that, this book deserves full five stars. (Of course, it deserves the rating in many other ways as well.) I don't read many novellas because I prefer full length novels, but in The Assassin's Blade , the length of each story didn't bother me at all because they all fit together to form a much longer one. I loved learning more about Celaena's past and the people that were in her life (namely Sam, Arobynn, and Ansel) before the star of Throne of Glass. They were both fun and . . . not-so-fun (I'm referring to the painful parts) to read, but I enjoyed reading each novella! THE ASSASSIN AND THE PIRATE LORD This one was the most fun. Sam was introduced--and I started getting a little attached to him. I loved seeing he and Celaena work together against the pirates. There was a lot of cool action and the assassin's sure showed their skills (which are pretty darn good). THE ASSASSIN AND THE HEALER This one was very short, but it was a nice read! I loved Yrene's step from a weak, defenseless-seeming girl to one that was capable of protecting herself and choosing her own destiny. I also loved Celaena's role--despite being Adarlin's Assassin, she does have a heart. THE ASSASSIN AND THE DESERT This novella . . . well, let's just say it explains Celaena's distrust of certain people in Throne of Glass. THE ASSASSIN AND THE UNDERWORLD My emotions were all over the place during this one. There were happy moments and victorious ones. There were also very tense ones. A couple parts (mainly the ones with Lysandra), I felt as irritated as Celaena. This novella made me a little sad because I was dreading how much closer I was to what happens in the last one. THE ASSASSIN AND THE EMPIRE Wow. So many feels. This on broke my heart. I LOVED the note on which it ended, though. It was perfect!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Maas has done it again!! 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great series. Read them all!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is full of adventerous, twist and turns(betrayal),suspense, and romance. :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Such a wonderful compilation of novellas! And the cover is gorgeous!
Anonymous 4 months ago
This book and the others in series kept me interested page after page with the story line. I didn't try to solve what was coming just enjoyed the flow of the books as I read and am so pleased to have picked up this line of books to read.
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Anonymous 8 months ago
I have never cried so much as i did with this book. It truly not only touched my heart strings but captured my heart completely. I have no doubt that this book will always remain the most beautiful book i have ever had the honor of reading. Trust me you too will feel honored to have read it as well.
Anonymous 10 months ago
Amazing. Had me hooked from the beginning. Read the whole series like a mad man in the dessert looking for water! More books please!
KahlanMercy 11 months ago
Throne of Glass Prequel Novellas When Celaena Sardothien is sent to seek retribution for the deaths of members of the Guild of Assassins, she is met with a rude awakening. As an assassin, Calaena does not condone the use of slavery, but her master doesn't necessarily agree with her misgivings. Calaena and Sam Cortland, fellow assassin and nemesis, are pushed to work together to stop the trade of over 200 souls. On their return to the Guild, their master, Arobynn Hamel, punishes both of them for their insolence. Thus, Calaena is sent to study under the master of the Southern Guild until she can convince him of her worth. When Calaena returns home, she is tested by Arobynn yet again. Finally, once she is through with his schemes, Calaena and Sam move out of the keep and sever ties with the Guild. With plans to move out of the kingdom completely, they decide to take one last job to set themselves up for life. If you are interested in the Throne of Glass series, this set of novellas (best read as a full story!) will give you the background you need and show you how deeply Sarah J. Mass can pull you into her world. If you have already read/started the series, this will show you a peek into Calaena's later motivations. Audio Review: Elizabeth Evans is the perfect combination of simple narration and emotionally charged action. She gives each character a voice, but steps back when the story tells itself. She is Calaena.
StephanieTiner 12 months ago
Celaena Sardothien is an assassin. One of the best in Adarlan, with a long list of death credited to her name. During her sixteenth year, her master, Arobynn, King of Assassins, sends her on a mission to some remote islands under the premise of retribution with her fellow assassin, Sam. Once she discovers the true nature of her mission, however, she finds herself working against Arobynn's orders. Her betrayal leads her on a journey that makes her question her loyalties to Arobynn and the Assassin's Guild, as well as allowing her to open her heart to love and friendship. How far will Celaena go to stand up for what she believes in and what will the cost of these beliefs be? I read The Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass #1) before reading The Assassin's Blade. I didn't do that for any particular reason besides my library didn't get The Assassin's blade until after I had already read The Throne of Glass. So I began reading this book knowing things were going to happen before they did. This, however, did not have a negative effect on my enjoying this book. As a whole, I enjoyed discovering what happened before Celaena became a prisoner in Endovier. The five separate stories present in this novel helped me to understand the character of Celaena so much more and, I might add, that it also allowed me to appreciate the person she truly is deep down. When I read Throne of Glass I was relieved that Celaena, Adarlan's Assassin, was more than just a cookie-cutter killing machine; she was a person, an eighteen year old female, to be precise, something other readers found fault with. And though I was happy to see a human being behind the swords, I wasn't able to fully gage the kind of human being she truly was. The Assassin's Blade allowed me to see more of the person she is. By the end of the book, however, I was greatly frustrated by the characters and somewhat mad at the author. This solely has to do with certain events in the book and not the writing or the flow of the story. The writing was wonderful, pulling me in and barely giving me time to fasten my seatbelt before riding the rollercoaster that this novel ended up being. I cannot wait to read Crown of Midnight (Throne of Glass #2). I would recommend this novel to anyone who hasn't read it but has read any or all of the Throne of Glass series, as well as, anyone who loves assassin adventures, as long as they like their assassin's to be human beings. Great book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is shocking if you like books that are greusom and dramatic I would recomend this series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When i got this book i couldnt put it down. It was so good that i couldnt wait to read the next one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read for someone looking for a good book.I just wish the series wouldnt stop
brittanysbookrambles More than 1 year ago
4.5/5 Stars Before I started this series, so many people told me that I needed to read these novellas first before Throne of Glass. I want to take this time to thank all of those people! You guys were so right. You cannot go into this series without reading The Assassin's Blade first. Without it, you lack the emotional insight you need going into book one and understanding Celaena. However, it wasn't until after I read the first two novellas that I understood why I had to read this book first. They are kind of slow and since I wasn't emotionally attached to Celaena yet, I kept asking myself, "why should I care?" That all changed once I got to The Assassin and The Desert. This novella really grabbed onto my heart and sucked me into Celaena's character. From there on, I fell in love--particularly with Sam T_T. I've never read any novellas that on their own tangled all my feelings together until this book. I wasn't prepared for the heartache I would experience and it made me really want to jump into the other books in the series. Full review:
maggie-martin94 More than 1 year ago
It was truly wonderful to learn about Celaena's past in these novelas. I am excited to see how what we learned here will play out in the next book. I think it's alluded to in Heir of Fire that Ansel is going to start playing a bigger role in the books as well as a possible visit from Arobynn? Man. What I would give for Celaena to see him again. Great series and I am waiting very impatiently for the next book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book
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eclecticreaderCA More than 1 year ago
As this collection progresses, so does the development of the primary characters to the extent that by the end of the final story, you have developed a close relationship with the protagonists, and a visceral antipathy towards the antagonists. This fiction is engrossing to say the least.
bravegirl0523 More than 1 year ago
I have it great story, love the main plot.
avidreaderMO More than 1 year ago
For some reason, I don't usually like to read short stories, but the way these flowed one into another, almost made them feel like another novel.  I hate to leave Celaena and not know what happens to her until September. It's hard to believe an author can make you feel compassion for an assassin, but Sarah Maas did it flawlessly.
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