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The Assassin's Blade

(Throne of Glass #0.1-0.5)

4.33  ·  Rating details ·  264,176 ratings  ·  22,405 reviews
Contains all five novellas.

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
ebook, 448 pages
Published March 4th 2014 by Bloomsbury Childrens
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Kate um, let's be real. everyone is a joke compared to Sam, he's just gahhh.…moreum, let's be real. everyone is a joke compared to Sam, he's just gahhh.(less)
Abdie Estrella i know this was written a year ago but I just finished it and i have to say that there is only ONE thing that the book revealed that I wish it hadn't …morei know this was written a year ago but I just finished it and i have to say that there is only ONE thing that the book revealed that I wish it hadn't because it is revealed to Celaena much further into the series and I liked finding out with her. I would have gone crazy knowing something Celaena didn't. That being said, I would read the main series first, then read Assassins Blade after. (less)

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Jesse (JesseTheReader)
Apr 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
I loved this! I'll have a review of this on the channel soon. :) ...more
Miranda Reads
May 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
"You said you didn't care what I thought. Or what I did. Or if I died, if I'm not mistaken."

"I lied! And you know I lied, you stupid bastard!"
Ohmygosh. I'm still reeling.

The five novellas are so well written and woven together that this almost feels like a book in its own right.

Set far before Celaena bacame the King's Assassin, we watch as she fights to the top of the assassin's guild and claim her rightful spot.

Along the way, she meets true friends and dire enemies. She learns exactly wh
Whitney Atkinson
i dont want to talk about my feelings right now i need a couple weeks to process this
Virginia Ronan ♥ Herondale ♥
”My name is Celaena Sardothien,” she whispered, “and I will not be afraid.”

So here’s the thing:
I read “Throne of Glass” at the beginning of the year but never continued with the series, because back then I just didn’t have the necessary time to read all that much. Well, and then I met Gemma on goodreads and we decided to read the entire series as a buddy read. ;-)

So far so good!
Said and done!
Still, before I re-read “Throne of Glass” I wanted to read “The Assassin’s Blade” because I already knew
Tharindu Dissanayake
Jun 18, 2021 rated it really liked it
"The only way to kill a witch is to cut off her head."

Throne of Glass had been on my TBR for quite some time now, but some of the contrasting reviews made me putting this off several times. And then I came across this compilation of the five prequel novellas. Normally, I don't like to read those #0.1 versions of a series, at least before reading the first book. However, as these novellas had been released prior to the first book, I hoped The Assassin's Blade would give me some indication, wh

review to come when I stop dying



buddy reread with a bunch of amazing humans. we are ready to cry



My heart has been torn out of my chest, stepped on, rolled in the dirt, and smashed into a million shards with the hammer of heartbreak. It's been ripped into shreds
Caz (littlebookowl)
Feb 24, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
I really enjoyed this! Some stories I liked more than others, but it was nice to see what happened to Celaena leading up to Throne of Glass.
I would have liked to have seen more of her when she was younger and training, though.
Now, on to rereading Throne of Glass!
“The only secret I’ve borne my entire life is that I love you.”

Sam, Sam, Sam, Sam, Sam…
Forever pain, forever depression. This will forever hurt.


I don't know how this book continues to destroy me with every reread. This will always be one of the most heart-wrenching stories for me. The way Sarah J Maas fleshed out the characters in this book and their emotions pulled at my insides. It hurt like nothing else. I hate it. And I'm incredibly in love with this collection of novell
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
I can't believe I have had this book forever and just now read it. Such is life I guess.

I knew it was going to break my heart and it did, it so much did. But I needed to read the story of Sam. Sam =( ♥
April (Aprilius Maximus)
*.) The Assassin's Blade ★★★★★
1.) Throne of Glass ★★★★★
2.) Crown of Midnight ★★★★★
3.) Heir of Fire ★★★★★
4.) Queen of Shadows ★★★★★
5.) Empire of Storms ★★★★★
6.) Tower of Dawn ★★★★★
7.) Kingdom of Ash ★★★★★


First read May 2015
Reread August 2016
Reread October 2018

Still hurts.

Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁
Reviewed by: Rabid Reads

4.5 stars

***Please be aware that while refraining from spoiling the specific novella I'm reviewing at the time, there may be spoilers from any prior novellas.***

I view these stories as five separate but related tales--like a series--b/c that's how I originally read them. I'll include links at the bottom of the post to the individual reviews on Goodreads, for those of you who are afraid of being inadvertently spoiled.

In the summer of '12, I was desperately seeking new read
Oct 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
i actually wasnt planning on reading this until after ‘kingdom of ash’ but the wait was just too much for me, so i quickly snuck it in!

ughh, i wish this book was a part of the main series in the same way ‘tower of dawn’ was. i think if the series started off with this, instead of ‘throne of glass,’ i would have had a much deeper understanding and connection with celaena. this provides so much character development and insight into who she is, which was really lacking in the first few books.

Tricia Levenseller
Sep 10, 2022 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: high-fantasy
I don’t usually care for novellas, but these were addictive. Together, they do read like a book, and I cannot get enough of Celaena’s voice. I’m excited to start my reread of the beginning of this series so I can finish it!
Brittney ~ Reverie and Ink
Aug 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
No, I'm not ok. Rather than tell you how I feel, let me show you how I feel. Spoilers.

Sam. I cannot. I just cannot.

Was this a necessary read for the series? Yes. Does it make it any easier? No.

For those of you have a REALLY hard time with death in a book.. let me prepare you.
The ONLY way I was able to cope with this book was:

1. Chocolate
2. Tissues
3. Bookmarked moments from book 3 and 4 of TOG in order to go back and read happy moments of sweet, sweet justice.

That is all.

My Blog ~ Instagram ~
Jul 11, 2017 rated it really liked it

Just sobbing, dying, laughing and dying again.
Enjoy readers. :)

This was a mix of billions of wonderful stories and I guarantee y'all, ur in for a sobbing-fest.

So yes, you'll be needing......:
-donuts (idk, just get SWEETS)
-more SJM books.....
-you're mom's credit card to go buy those books or you could rob a bank
-a buddy to scream and cry to
-6000000 tissue boxes


Alright alright.
No, u ain't just gonna cry ur eyeballs out.

destiny ♡ howling libraries
#0.1-#0.5 The Assassin’s Blade ★★★★★
#1 Throne of Glass ★★★★☆
#2 Crown of Midnight ★★★★★
#3 Heir of Fire ★★★★★
#4 Queen of Shadows ★★★★★
#5 Empire of Storms ★★★★★
#6 Tower of Dawn ★★★★★

She was fire, she was darkness, she was dust and blood and shadow.

As anyone who knows my taste in books is already aware of, I’m total trash for Sarah’s other series, A Court of Thorns and Roses, and have been for a while, which is why I know it’s kind of surprising to a lot of people (myself included) that it’s ta
Jun 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned, 2014
This was such a wonderful book. It is 5 prequel novellas, but the novellas read as one story with small gaps between the stories. I loved every second of it and I loved learning more about Celaena!

Reread July 11-17, 2015 for #fivefaves

Jan 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: darkfantasy
"My name is Celaena Sardothien and I won't be afraid."

Want to know a secret? I don't particularly like Aelin... but I stan Celaena. And this! This is Celaena's story. This is all assassin. This is recklessness and play. This is taking control and using her voice. This is pain, betrayal and emptiness. This is Throne of Glass. This is what happened before the first book Throne of Glass, and it fills in gaps and provides details of Celaena's last year with Arobynn Hamel's assassins. In hindsight a
Grace (Bookworm Supreme)
THIS WAS SO GOOD AAAAHHH!! 😩😩🤌🤌 I initially couldn't get into it and was really worried it would disappoint me, but Sarah J. Maas worked her magic and I ended up loving it! It really adds to the series as a whole 😁👍

“This girl wasn’t like wildfire—she was wildfire. Deadly and uncontrollable. And slightly out of her wits.”

The Assassin's Blade is a collection of novellas giving us a glimpse into Celeana's past before the events of Throne of Glass. It's a prequel of sorts and elaborates on things hi
Sep 30, 2022 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“My name is Celaena Sardothein,” she whispered, “and I will not be afraid.”

These novellas were so good!! This book is a collection of short stories which include The Assassin and the Pirate Lord, The Assassin and the Healer, The Assassin and the Desert, The Assassin and the Underworld and The Assassin and the Empire. These novellas are about, love, betrayal, revenge, power and friendship. The novellas follow Calaena who is the best assassin in Erilea and she is a member of the Assassin's Guild.
Sep 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
I actually enjoyed this more than the first book! It was nice to get a little more insight into Celaena's history and learn how she came to be in the salt mines in the first place. All the novellas flow really well together too (except for The Assassin and the Healer; I feel like that one could have been taken out). Also it was cool to see Celaena actually BE an assassin (I haven't read anything else past the first book, so I don't know if she does later).
I just wish we could have had a scene (p

“My name is Celaena Sardothien," she whispered, "and I will not be afraid.”

NOTE; Review unedited.

I have a question to the lovely Sarah J. Maas that i'm sure many fans demand the answer to...

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Why would you do this to your fans!? Tear their heart out like that?! It ain't fair. I need a super glue to stick it back together now, but even then it will never be the same!

This is what sort of state you left me when i finished the awful last chapter and may i add this was quite literally how i looked
Lia Carstairs
Me before reading this: Why is everyone being so dramatic over this? I doubt it's that bad . . .

Everyone else: Oh just you wait *creepy smile emojis*


I hate you guys.

I am broken.

I don't know how to move on from this—NO actually, I will never be abl
Avery (Taylor's version) Herondale-Brekker-Greenbriar-Cresswell-Calore
“My name is Sam Cortland... and I will not be afraid.”


I feel no emotion. I am just staring at the screen, completely blank and void of emotion as I type this out. I did cry, obviously and as I expected, but I don't think I've come to accept that I've finally actually finished this whole entire series.

I'm also in denial about a certain thing that happens in this.

I may as well get into this review to distract myself from the numbness and denial.

The plot

I have known all along that I sh
Chelsea Humphrey
3.6 stars rounded to 4

I'm not sure how I missed reading these before when I finished the series, but I'm thoroughly enjoying diving back into this familiar world!

#0.1 The Assassin and the Pirate Lord-★★★★

#0.2 The Assassin and the Healer- ★★

#0.3 The Assassin and the Desert- ★★★★

#0.4 The Assassin and the Underworld- ★★★

#0.5 The Assassin and the Empire- ★★★★★
Mikee (ReadWithMikee)

❝She was fire, she was darkness, she was dust and blood and shadow.❞

Of all five novellas I only liked two of them. Overall, I was just kinda bored with the stories. I think I might've just set my expectations a little too high considering how it's Sarah J. Maas and the Throne of Glass series. But to be honest, I'm a bit disappointed.

This book is finally when we meet the late Sam Cortland. SJM constantly brings up Sam in every book in the series, but until now I never knew who Sam rea
jaime ⭐️
May 12, 2019 rated it liked it
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Jeanette Pham
My review does not contain any spoilers here!

The Assassin's Blade is a prequel or a collection of short stories set before the events of Throne of Glass series, and is written by my favorite author - Sarah J. Maas.

The Assassin's Blade (Throne of Glass, #0.1-0.5) by Sarah J. Maas Sarah J. Maas

What’s the book about?
This book is about Celaena Sardothien's journey before the event of Throne of Glass series, and it has five different novellas: The Assassin and the Pirate Lord, The Assassin and the Healer, The Assassin and the Desert, The Assassin and the Underworld and
Celine Lindeskov
Nov 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is the kind of book that once you've read it, you'll need paper towels, cookies, chocolate and Google Images to find fanart of Celaena and Sam and the cry some more.
Oh, this book... It was amazing!
The writing was absolutely stunning and even though it was a collection of novellas, I felt like I was reading a novel, because the stories are chronologically and so beautifully woven together.
And it really scares me that Sarah J Maas was able to do this to me in five novellas; I cried... I cried
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Sarah J. Maas is the #1 New York Times and internationally bestselling author of the Crescent City, A Court of Thorns and Roses, and the Throne of Glass series. Her books have sold more than twelve million copies and are published in thirty-seven languages. A New York native, Sarah lives in Philadelphia with her husband, son, and dog. To find out more, visit or follow @therealsjmaas ...more

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