Review: The Assassin’s Blade



Goodreads Summary:

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 from remote islands to hostile deserts, where she fights to liberate slaves and seeks to avenge the tyrannous. But she is acting against Arobynn’s orders and could suffer an unimaginable punishment for such treachery. Will Celaena ever be truly free? Explore the dark underworld of this kick-ass heroine to find out.

I can’t believe it took me so long to read these, I loved them!

Honestly, I think part of it was because I love Chaol so much, I didn’t want to see Celaena loving some other guy. But we all need our first love so I get it, and she and Sam’s relationship is so different from she and Chaol’s.


It’s really cool to see Celaena’s background, and learn about the things she alludes to in the books. I also really love seeing her move from being Arobynn’s devoted assassin to the still arrogant but also compassionate and caring Celaena that we get in Throne of Glass. She goes through so many changes and grows so much in the ToG series that its really fun to see her at this stage, when she’s still pretty carefree and hasn’t dealt with Endovier yet.

It was also really interesting to see how much she hides from everyone. I didn’t realize that Dorian and Chaol were the first people she told about her heritage.

I think of the stories, the one about the Red Desert was my favorite. We get to see so much of Celaena’s internal turmoil about what it means to be Adarlan’s Assassin, how she simultaneously resents and craves the title and the presumptions that come with it. I am also really hoping that we see Ansel in the ToG books again, she was really interesting!

So, these were all great and I feel like I understand Celaena a little bit better now, and I also want to re-read the series now. . .


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