The Assassin's Blade

The Assassin's Blade

The Throne of Glass Novellas

Book - 2014
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In these five prequel novellas to "Throne of Glass," feared assassin Celaena embarks on daring missions that take her from remote islands to hostile deserts, where she fights to liberate slaves and avenge tyranny.
Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury, 2014.
ISBN: 9781619633612
Branch Call Number: MAAS
Characteristics: 435 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.


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Jul 25, 2019

I definitely recommend reading the first book in the series (at least) before you read this prequel. I thought I would start in chronological order and read this book first, but after the terrible ending, I now have no desire to read any further books in this series. From the other comments, it sounds like the series may be good, but I can't get past the sour taste in my mouth from this book's conclusion. So I firmly suggest to future readers, that you do NOT start with this book.

Jul 23, 2019

I absolutely loved the book!!I loved how it was split into different volumes!! The book had so many details and little things that added up to the end of the book. It has so many amazing details about Celaena's backstory!
I can't wait to read the second book!

Highly recommended!!!

Jun 13, 2018

This was perfect, I loved all of the stories and how they add so much more detail and feelings to Throne of Glass.

ArapahoeStaff14 Jun 02, 2018

These novellas are excellent. They maintain a story thread while giving you individual narratives. The backstory helps to explain Celaena's story prior to the first Throne of Glass novel. At the same time, they also provide details that come into play in later books, so don't skip out on these! I recommend reading them before you pick up the third or fourth books in the series so that you don't miss out on any of the references.

May 06, 2018

After reading the whole AMAZING series, I'm so glad I could get to see how Celaena's past pieced together with Arobynn, Sam, Rolfe, Ansel and how she became a slave. Definitely 5 stars!!

Jun 06, 2017

I'm very glad I read these short stories. Not only did it flesh out Celaena's character for me, it also gave incredible background information, made sense of Celaena's past, and made me love the series even more. I'm not normally one to read prequels, but I enjoyed it and would recommend it if you are interested in getting into the Throne of Glass series.

Jan 24, 2017

This is definitely the best book of this series. I recommend it to all lovers of teen fiction, action, adventure and romance. I like this book better than the others for several reasons. One: it does not include that infuriating second-thought magic plot line that quickly became the only plot line in later books. Two: Sam is alive! Every one of the characters in these books annoy me to at least some degree, Sam included. But the only reason I am annoyed with Sam, my favourite character, is because he cares for Celaena. Think about this realistically. Celaena is a terrible person! Not this many people would throw themselves at her! It was five people in this series. Five! Just consider that. I would not recommend the rest of this series.

Aug 03, 2016

I loved this book but it is SO SAD! Arobynn is MUCH more cruel and evil than you think, and is apparently very good at acting. I love these stories except for the last one. Like seriously, WHY Sam? And the ending is horrible. The only thing that cheered me up was that I knew what happened in the future because of Throne of Glass and the rest of the books, but I was still so sad.

Aug 01, 2016

I loved this book it was action packed and cool and I'm so exited to get my hands on the second book.

Jul 01, 2016

I read all the other comments and I was like "oh it can't be THAT bad" but let me tell you I cried for a solid 3 minutes after finishing the book. If you liked Throne of Glass you will have no trouble finishing this book in a few hours, like I did! I literally couldn't stop reading. It was as if I was walking down the street and every corner I turned there was a new occasion, something that pulled me in so that I kept going. Celaena is a little more vain and selfish than she might seem in the main series, but she's still badass nonetheless! And Sam, of course...oh, Sam. If you like adventure, mystery, and a little bit of romance, I highly recommend reading this book!

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Oct 07, 2019

red_jellyfish_183 thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

Jan 08, 2017

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Oct 08, 2016

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Jul 01, 2016

Five novellas featuring Adarlan's most feared assassin, Celaena Sardothien. Plan, conquer, achieve, and cry - pretty much the way Celaena lives throughout the book. She's been betrayed countless times over, but by whom? That is the mystery she must solve again and again as the people she's grown to love are taken away from her. As the other comment suggests, a backstory of the main series.

Jul 14, 2015

Five novellas about Adarlan's Assassin. Basically backstory on the whole series.


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Jul 16, 2016

"My name is Celaena Sardothien, and I will not be afraid."


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