The Assassins Blade: The Throne of Glass Novellas (Miniature Character Collection)

The Assassins Blade: The Throne of Glass Novellas (Miniature Character Collection)

by Sarah J. Maas


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Discover Sarah J. Maas's #1 New York Times bestselling Throne of Glass series-now available for a limited time in a brand-new miniature format! This exclusive edition highlights Sam Cortland.

Delightfully compact with lightweight pages for easy travel, this miniature volume of Assassin's Blade is perfect for any book lover's coat pocket or purse. Complete and unabridged, this beautifully designed character edition celebrates Sam Cortland by highlighting his name in Avery River Teal ink.

Read the stunning prequel to the epic saga Time Magazine called, “One of the best fantasy series of the past decade.”

Celaena Sardothien is Adarlan's most feared assassin. Though she works for the powerful Assassins' Guild, she yields to no one and trusts only her fellow killer-for-hire, Sam. When Celaena's scheming master, Arobynn Hamel, dispatches her on a mission that takes her from remote islands to hostile deserts, she finds herself questioning his orders. She will have to risk it all if she hopes to escape the Guild's clutches, and if she fails, she'll lose not just her freedom-but also her life.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781547604326
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 11/05/2019
Series: Throne of Glass Series
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 448
Sales rank: 8,960
Product dimensions: 3.70(w) x 5.60(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

Sarah J. Maas is the #1 New York Times and internationally bestselling author of the young adult series Throne of Glass and A Court of Thorns and Roses, as well as her first adult series, Crescent City. Her books are published in over thirty-seven languages. A New York native, Sarah lives near Philadelphia with her husband, son, and dog.

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The Assassin's Blade: The Throne of Glass novellas 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 64 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
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 More than 1 year ago
Maas has done it again!! 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved the book!! Overall great series!! Had me crying at the end so sad!!! If you like this book read the throne of glass...this book is filled with romance, action, and betrial! BEST BOOK EVER!!"
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 More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book puts all of the pieces of the remaining books together and is impossible to put down. The way it was written how it leads right up to the beginning of the series leaves me wondering why it wasn’t the first book instead. To anyone looking to begin the series I would highly recommend reading this book first!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think I have found a new favorite author!! I have every intention of reading all of the Throne of Glass books and anything else Sarah Maas has written!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book and read it within a few days. I could not get my head out of this novel.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Omg omg omg omg that's so cool
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought this book was amazing!!!?????
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this series! This book did not dissapoint!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the adventure, and I want to read more about this assassin queen and her friends.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Never felt like it was slow or dull just a good read throughout the entire book
Anonymous More than 1 year 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!
WitchyWriter More than 1 year ago
I was really curious, after reading Throne of Glass, to learn the details of Celeana’s past that are alluded to so often. The stories in The Assassin’s Blade didn’t disappoint. You learn more about Celeana, her relationship with her master and with Sam, and even get to see a friendship between her and another teenage female that helps give some history to how Celeana is with Nehemia in Throne of Glass. My favorite story in the collection was “The Assassin and the Desert”. Celeana travels to the Red Desert to be trained by the Mute Master of the Assassins. It has a feel to it similar to those mentor/mentee movies where you get a nice training montage of time passing. Each story in this collection furthers your understanding of Celeana a little bit, all in ways that help you understand her actions and motivations in Throne of Glass. Maas is really good at action sequences, too, so to have her narrative broken up more often with action like it is in these stories is nice. I sometimes felt like I had to wait too long before the next action scene in Throne of Glass. I still think it’s interesting how Celeana can be considered the best of the assassins, but still manages to make mistakes because of her pride and anger. And her mistakes cost her—big time. It doesn’t seem quite right, even though she is very young and therefore wouldn’t have all the experience/wisdom necessary to always see the misfortunes ahead. She seems to be betrayed a whole hell of a lot for a young kid. To Maas’ credit, none of the characters doing the betraying felt two-dimensional. They all had compelling reasons to act the way they did. It just felt like a pattern after a while, of people continually betraying her and Celeana being too trusting because she wanted to believe in people. After finishing these stories I went to Crown of Midnight, hoping that my increased understanding of Celeana would help me enjoy the sequel to Throne of Glass even more. Unfortunately, the characters in the main series aren’t anywhere near as cool to me as the ones in The Assassin’s Blade, so I found myself disinterested. I’m still going to hit A Court of Thorns and Roses, though, because I like Maas’ writing and I think a Beauty & the Beast tale would be right up my alley. I guess I should have guessed that I wouldn’t be that into a story inspired by Cinderella themes.
TheBookNerd5 More than 1 year ago
The Assassin and the Pirate Lord– I loved the action in this story! It felt like seeing an action movie unfold between the pages. I loved the intro to Sam, can’t wait to see his and Celaena’s relationship grow I also really enjoyed Rolfe, even though he was “the bad guy”. I wouldn’t mind seeing him again in the series. The Assassin and the Healer– I love that Celaena took the time to help Yrene out. She not only taught her self defense and saved her life, she also helped her reach her dreams. I like how Celaena felt this tug to help her. What goes around, comes around. If you put out good things, you’ll eventually reap the benefits. The Assassin and the Desert-This was a nice read. I liked Ilias and found myself wishing Celaena would’ve given him a chance. But then I rememebered Sam and that instantly changed my mind lol. It was pretty interesting seeing Ansel’s story unfold. We all handle pain differently. Some better than others. I think sometimes it just gets the better of us. The Assassin and the Underworld-I’m not sure if it’s because I’m over the novellas and ready to start book one but I feel like this just drug on and on. I liked the story overall with all the twists and turns but whew, it was just so long. The Assassin and the Empire-I looked back at my earlier review for this one and man!! I was quite harsh on Celaena lol. I think going back and reading things where we already know what’s coming truly gives us a different perspective. I enjoy seeing the rise and fall of this deadly assassin. I cannot wait to start Throne of Glass and see how I feel the second time around.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was a really good book if you want to catch up on everything and learn more a bout Sam you have to pick this up, it is a novella but it feels like a normal book. When i was reading this book i felt so bad for Sam because he didn't deserve to die it was heart breaking in general but that's why i love these books so much , this book is a master peace you have to pick it up (i recommend you pick it up before throne of glass.
DarqueDreamer More than 1 year ago
*Spoilers Ahead* Well, I'm glad these novellas were made in to a big book as a whole. If I had had to read them separately, as they came out or, in general, I don't think they would have been as enjoyable. But, together, read in close proximity to each other, they were quite enjoyable. As I started on novella number one, The Assassin and the Pirate Lord, I had started to think that the novellas wouldn't add up to much. The first one by itself didn't feel like it added much as far as insight to Celaena's character. The only things I had enjoyed were that we saw the beginning signs of her hatred for slavery, her inner moral character, and we were introduced to Sam. As I made my way through number two, The Assassin and the Healer, I began to see more of Celaena's inner character. She was a fierce assassin at the young age of 16. She also had a soft spot for hard working women in troubling times. I admired her interaction with Yrene, the healer, and I enjoyed meeting a new character that I am hoping we will see again. Novella number 3, The Assassin and the Desert, might have been my favorite one. Though it was predictable, we met one character which I assume we will meet again, and we met The Master. The Master was the head of the The Silent Assassins, and he was quite intriguing, and taught Celaena some valuable lessons. I had a love/hate relationship with Number 4, The Assassin and the Underworld. It was very predictable for the most part, but still had a couple surprises. This one dealt heavily with Arobynn, and I hated him the whole time, and knew what was going to happen. All the novellas show how manipulative he could be, but this one really proved it. And, finally, the last novella, The Assassin and the Empire, finished off the bunch. This was another love/hate relationship. I loved the bits we got of Sam and Celaena together, but hated the predictability of it all, and couldn't stand Arobynn's role. And, after learning so much about him, and how sneaky and manipulative he could be, I have formed a theory about Sam and his "death." Though, it would be best if I kept it to myself until I've made it further in the books.] Were the novellas worth reading? I think so, but only as a whole. I enjoyed the fact that my reading buddy, Alex at Coffeeloving Bookaholic, and I decided to take advice and read them together between books 3 and 4. Even though they all took place before book 1, it was nice to get in to the story and then look back and gain more insight in to Celaena. It was also nice to look back and see how some of the events played out with Sam and Arobynn. They were predictable, for the most part, and I would not have recommended them if I had read each one separately with a lot of time in between, but as a whole, I would recommend the collection. I'd rate The Assassin's Blade 3.5-4 stars (or 4 faeries so we can leave the slicing and dicing to Celaena).
RAAS More than 1 year ago
**This review may contain spoilers… Except for some classics I really adore, never have I again come across a book I enjoyed this much. You would wonder…Why? How come? Much hype has been made over Sarah J Maas’s Throne of Glass series. I usually don’t fall for such hype, due to the fact that things overall have become much perverted and bad novel writing these days are best sellers. It’s the second time I reread The Assassin’s Blade book and I’ll tell ya…it’s really worth it reading certain books twice. You tend to miss detail and emotions you didn’t pick up on before. Let me first make a fuss about a few things that truly drew me into the world of Celaena Sardothien… For the full review, please head on over to my blog and leave a comment... www (dot) mycarnelianspace (dot) weebly (dot) com
pooled_ink More than 1 year ago
pooled ink Reviews: You can read this before or after Throne of Glass (book 1), it just depends on how you want to be introduced to Celaena. I happened to read this afterwards so for me it was like stepping back and getting a much more detailed glimpse into who Celaena was, how she became an assassin, and what people helped craft her childhood. But I don’t at all think that if I had read this beforehand that it would have spoiled or ruined anything for me going into ToG. I absolutely swooned over ACOTAR and have sort of forgotten about continuing Celaena's story but reading The Assassin’s Blade has me excited and intrigued anew to get back into the ToG series. The Assassin’s Blade is a must-read for fans of the Throne of Glass series and is a definite recommended read for any fan of Sarah J. Maas! **Read the full review on Wordpress: Pooled Ink