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Publisher's Summary

Bloomsbury presents The Assassin's Blade by Sarah J. Maas, read by Elizabeth Evans.

Celaena Sardothien is Adarlan’s most feared assassin. As part of the Assassin’s Guild, she’s sworn to her master, Arobynn Hamel, yet Celaena listens to no one and trusts only her fellow killer for hire, Sam.

In these action-packed prequel novellas to the Throne of Glass series, Celaena embarks on five daring missions. They take her from remote islands to hostile deserts, where she fights to liberate slaves and avenge tyranny. But by acting on her own terms, will Celaena truly free herself from her master, or will she suffer an unimaginable punishment for such treachery?

©2014 Sarah J. Maas (P)2021 Bloomsbury Publishing Plc

What the critics say

"Fans and libraries will delight in having this gorgeous edition of the interconnected stories. Action-packed and full of insight into Celaena’s character.... What a ride!" (Booklist)

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good series

I am enjoying the Throne of Glass series, and the Assassin's Blade gives some good background into the series. It is well written and well performed.

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Just okay!

Not nearly as good at the court series! Just okay in my opinion. Didn’t leave me wanting to read the next few books

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if you like really dumb main characters...

Struggled with this one, prefer this author's other series. Main character continuously makes stupid decisions which the author uses to keep the story going, it got tiring fast. The relationship was meh, I had a hard time believing Sam would love someone who always treated him so vile.

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This is beautiful!

I love this book and I wish this turned into a movie or TV series. Itll be awesome to see who would play the characters.

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  • Dyanna C. Smith
  • 2021-06-11

A must read

Read first, everyone will make sense in the rest of the series
Love it all

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  • Jessica Reyer
  • 2021-05-05

One of my Favorite Series

I adore the world and characters created. I love the build up and different adventures each book has. It is like Lord of the Rings meets Six of Crows meets Anita Blake. Strong female lead, dark urban atmosphere, with fantasy twists plus a massive adventure. I am a fan of the writing and al the plot twists. The book does a great job at bring forth emotional reactions.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2021-10-17

High school fan fic

This book reads like a high school fan fiction about assassins. The main character is an edgy teen with a horrible temper and attitude who's obsessed with fashion and how she looks. The plot is very simple and there's nothing intellectually creative or unique in this universe. The love interest and main character have no positive interactions with each other but the remain a love interest nonetheless. I try to finish all my books but I just couldn't with this one

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2021-10-03

A compelling and engaging story

I have previously read this book in physical format, and listening to it was just as enjoyable. The story gives key insight into Celaena’s character at the beginning of her journey, and all the joys and heartbreak that she experiences along the way pull at the heart and make you root for her. Well-written characters, descriptive but not flowery writing, foreshadowing for what’s to come later in the series, engaging plot and emotion that draws you into the story all make this a compelling tale. Elizabeth Evans’ performance was enjoyable to listen to also, and I felt she did a good job with the emotion and all the different voices - with the exception of some of her male voices, which I felt were a bit over-the-top dramatic. Overall, a very good book; I would recommend!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2021-06-12

loved it!

I love this series! I actually read TOG first not knowing that this was the first book so it was nice to really know what happened!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2021-06-12

Loved it.

Captivating, couldn't stop listening. Breathtaking moments. This may be the first in the series. I read 2 others first.

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  • August
  • 2022-02-27

YA and a smidge nonsensical

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The main character is silly, entitled, and naive which I guess is to be expected from a 16 year old assassin. I’ve never heard of an assassin that is well-known. That feels counterproductive. The love story was a bit absurd. Poor Sam, I really didn’t get to know him or care about him. I did not enjoy this at all!

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  • bjstaley
  • 2022-02-03

intense

man this just draws you in from the get go! I love this story.

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  • Jeremy
  • 2021-10-10

Feels rushed.

I loved all of the books until this one. The reading is fast and uninspired compared to the rest of the series. Sad to go from KOA to this.

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  • Amber
  • 2021-09-11

phenomenal

I absolutely loved these Novella's!! Captivating and thrilling :) I cannot wait to begin the series!

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