The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah  J Maas- Book review

Here is my review of prequel  novella to The Throne of Glass books by Sarah J Maas.

The twist of a knife. The birth of a legend.

Step into the world of the #1 bestselling Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas with this collection of prequel novellas.Celaena Sardothien is her kingdom’s most feared assassin. Though she works for the powerful Assassin’s Guild and its scheming master, Arobynn Hamel, she yields to no one and trusts only her fellow killer-for-hire, Sam. But when Arobynn dispatches her on missions that take her from remote islands to hostile deserts, Celaena finds herself acting independently of his wishes and questioning her own allegiance.If she hopes to escape Arobynn’s clutches, Celaena will have to put her faith in her wits and her blade … knowing that if she fails, she’ll lose not just a chance at freedom but her life.A prequel to the New York Times bestselling Throne of Glass, this collection of five novellas explores the history of this cunning assassin and her enthralling — and deadly — world.


The first three books of The Throne of Glass series by Sarah J Maas are some of my favourite fantasy books and I was pleased to read the prequel novella, The Assasin’s Blade features connected short stories showing us how Calena ended up from assassin to prisoner.

I received a copy of this book for a free and unbiased opinion

The Calena Sardothien at the start of The Assassin’s Blade is a cocky sixteen-year-old well aware of her skill, reputation and position as second in line to an Assassin’s organisation. As the various short stories progress we see her progression from an annoying teenager to a woman willing to fight for her principles and the people she loves.

There are several characters in the stories that stand out including the cruel leader of the assassins, the possibly mute teacher, and the young woman who becomes Calena’s first female friend and we can see how they shape Calena to become the warrior we see in The Throne of Glass.

The blossoming love story between Sam and Calena is both heart-warming and heartbreaking,

My only criticism is that we hardly see Calena actually being an assassin but this is tempered by the lack of magic in the book ( something that put me off the later books in the series),

Content Warning

Slavery, physical abuse of a teenager

Perfect for Fans of

This is a must for fans of The Throne of Glass series


2 thoughts on “The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah  J Maas- Book review

  1. I’m surprised you say the readers don’t see much of her begin an assassin because I remember reading Throne of Glass and being confused she was described as an assassin but we didn’t see much of that. So I would have thought the point of this prequel would be to show it!

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