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The Assassin's Blade : The Throne of Glass novellas

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The Assassin's Blade : The Throne of Glass novellas

Who has ever heard of a nice assassin? What about one who decides to free slaves?

In THE ASSASSIN’S BLADE, an exciting collection of short stories (all part of the Throne of Glass novellas), Celaena Sardothien is just that assassin. Although Celaena works for Arobynn Hamel as part of the Assassin's Guild, she learns to make her own moral decisions…decisions that haunt her through the rest of the book as she faces their consequences.

After Celaena and her accomplice, Sam, save a few hundred slaves, she is sent to train in the desert. During her time there, Celaena learns some extremely valuable lessons about being an assassin and about friendship. Celaena then returns home where she reconnects with her master and her friends. After a mission goes wrong, Celaena finally learns to think on her own and make her own decisions. She decides that if she doesn’t do something radical soon, she will be stuck in the life she is currently enduring forever.

It was inspiring to read about Celaena breaking away from the stereotypes that classify her as an assassin, since it really showed that everyone decides who they are.

When I picked up this book, I was expecting a dark and sinister plot line, but I was pleasantly surprised. Although Maas does focus on Celaena’s job as an assassin, she turned these novellas into interesting and enjoyable stories. It was inspiring to read about Celaena breaking away from the stereotypes that classify her as an assassin, since it really showed that everyone decides who they are. You do not need to be defined by popular opinions and stereotypes.  I loved the way that these stories were told, and I will gladly continue reading about Celaena’s adventures as an assassin.

There is definitely some action and violence throughout the novellas, but it was definitely worth the read!

Reviewed by Aliza M., Teen Board Member on March 5, 2014

The Assassin's Blade : The Throne of Glass novellas
by Sarah J. Maas

  • Publication Date: March 13, 2014
  • Genres: Fantasy
  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Childrens
  • ISBN-10: 1408851989
  • ISBN-13: 9781408851982