Book Review: The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J. Maas

DISCLAIMER: this review was originally written and posted to my booklr (bookish tumblr) on MARCH 28th, 2015, and is being archived on this blog. This review contains my thoughts on the book at the time that I read it, but I have not re-read it since then, so my feelings about the content may have changed.


Publisher: Bloomsbury

Date of Publication: March 4th, 2014

Dates Read: February 19th – March 25th, 2015


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.

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My rating: ★★★★☆

Maas has managed to rip my heart out and shred it to pieces. If you’ve seen my updates, you know I purposefully took a long time to finish this book because I knew, I knew what was going to happen. And I knew it would hurt a lot. I was delaying the inevitable, but my Goodreads Challenge was paying dearly, so I trudged on.

This is the first book in the Throne of Glass series that I read, and I must say I like what I’m reading. Celaena is definitely a strong character, but still has enough flaws to be real. I know a lot of people complain that she’s too good at everything, but we have to keep in mind that to be an assassin as strong as she is one has to be well rounded to be able to adapt to any situation. But don’t worry, you’ll see a couple of flaws eventually.

As for the stories, they were pretty interesting. The second one seemed a little out of place to me, although I guess it was a good excuse to show Celaena’s softer-ish side. And sometimes the activity was a little dull, and at these times I’d put the book down for a while before picking it back up again.

In the end, though, I did enjoy the book and I can understand why there is so much hype surrounding this series. I definitely can’t wait to read Throne of Glass, and I’m glad I read this one first. I like reading things chronologically.

Overall: A great read that will excite you for more Celaena in Throne of Glass.


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