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Editors Select, April 2014 - I’ve been a huge fan of Celaena Sardothien since first listening to the Throne of Glass novels. While I was fascinated with her journey to become the King’s royal assassin and win her freedom from the treacherous salt mines, I always wondered about her early years and the events that led her to become the world’s deadliest assassin. Assassin's Blade treats fans to twelve stories looking back at Celaeana’s past adventures, which helped shed light on mysteries left unanswered in the novels. If you love Sarah J. Maas’ series, or are looking for an action-packed YA fantasy series, don’t miss this one. —Sarah, Audible Editor

Description

Celaena Sardothien is her kingdom's most feared assassin. Though she works for the powerful and ruthless Assassin's Guild, Celaena yields to no one and trusts only her fellow killer for hire, Sam.

When Celaena's scheming master, Arobynn Hamel, dispatches her on missions that take her from remote islands to hostile deserts, she finds herself acting independently of his wishes - and questioning her own allegiance. Along the way, she makes friends and enemies alike, and discovers that she feels far more for Sam than just friendship. But by defying Arobynn's orders, Celaena risks unimaginable punishment, and with Sam by her side, he is in danger, too. They will have to risk it all if they hope to escape Arobynn's clutches - and if they fail, they'll lose not just a chance at freedom, but their lives…

A prequel to Throne of Glass, this collection of five novellas offers listeners a deeper look into the history of this cunning assassin and her enthralling - and deadly - world.

Included in this volume:

The Assassin and the Pirate Lord

The Assassin and the Healer

The Assassin and the Desert

The Assassin and the Underworld

The Assassin and the Empire

©2014 Sarah J. Maas (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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  • Global
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Amazing

Undoubtedly the best story I have ever listened to. Sarah J Maas writes and describes everything so perfectly that you livr every single moment with the characters. And Elizabeth Evans is an amazing reader

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  • Global
    4 out of 5 stars
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    3 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
  • Noelle
  • 26/08/2014

Interesting Story, I'm game.

I'm looking forward to starting Book 1 (this was Book 0.5). I downloaded the rest of the series, even preordered Book 4 (September 2) as well as the kindle versions. This is an interesting story about a young girl rescued & turned into an assassin. It's reminiscent of the tv show Nikita only w/ Kings, Queens and Kingdoms. I liked the idea of it all and found the story interesting.

My only confusion or thing I graple with is this young girl is an assassin, how is it w/ her caution, care & training does she not catch on to the betrayal she is delt. I give her a pass based upon the fact that she is 16 when this story starts. I'm hoping to see her mature through out these next books.

Performance: Please forgive me, I'm picky. I'm an Emma Galvin, Therese Plummer fan. Some review I've read dislike my chosen narrators. It's just me. I feel Evans read Celina a bit too snotty but the voice for her is perfect. Make sense? I don't like how nasty she reads her at times when I feel Celina may have been being defencive not a brat. Her male voices are awful. But I'm sticking w/the audible & kindle version as I enjoy the story. Evans isn't horrid perhaps not my cup of tea is all.

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  • Global
    4 out of 5 stars
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  • irishred507
  • 26/05/2014

Entertaining and annoying at the same time

Any additional comments?

As with all of the books in this series so far, I found the story to be good and entertaining, but Celaena's pride and anger are really grating! Maybe if I read the books, rather than listened to them with the narrators own interpretations and inflections, I might not find Celaena to be so hostile and prideful nearly every waking moment. Another thing I find silly is that she is supposed to be THE assassin, but yet she is so trusting of the wrong people and is so easily duped, and all the while she is not trusting the people that she should be. But those gripes aside, they are all good short stories and give you some insight into her life before becoming the King's Champion.

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  • Global
    3 out of 5 stars
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    3 out of 5 stars
  • Makoto Ichijoji
  • 11/02/2015

Schlocky

I wanted action and got tricked into a romance. The protagonist was obnoxious with no redeeming qualities; her moments of grief or guilt felt disingenuous and did not convince me. Nothing about her screamed "world class assassin" as it seemed like luck and other people were responsible for her success or saving her life - making her narcissism even more unendurable. Then when the romance hit, the main characters all seemed to go stupid and saccharine.
Not my kind of fantasy novel ; it was not deep, exciting, nor did I learn or find a new perspective on the human condition.

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    4 out of 5 stars
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  • Itsuwari64
  • 24/09/2016

Read this book first!

Audible recommended this series. I read some of the reviews but wasn't sure which book to start with. sometimes prequel s give away too much of the later books. not the case with The Assassin's Blade. The stories were riveting and gave some great insight into the characters and land. Maas is an excellent author. I didn't care for the narration but thats me. I don't care for most female narrators, give me a hot European everytime!

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Maria Pilar Albarran Ruiz
  • 09/08/2016

Even better as audio!

These novellas are amazing and this os my third re-read, first on audio and the emotional impact gets bigger every time!

The narrator does a great job even with the male voices.

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    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Nikita
  • 02/09/2015

Amazing and Emotional

If you could sum up The Assassin's Blade in three words, what would they be?

Amazing, Emotional and Insightful

What other book might you compare The Assassin's Blade to and why?

The Assassin's Blade is much like Throne of Glass as far as following Celaena's story but using shorter stories to do so.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Read within four days. Mostly because I wanted to finish before Queen of Shadows came out.

Any additional comments?

I love this series and Elizabeth Evans as the narrator. She is incredible in bringing not just the characters to life but the story.

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    1 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
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  • Amariah Tucker
  • 11/06/2014

WoW that story has major Problems

Would you try another book from Sarah J. Maas and/or Elizabeth Evans?

Yes but, I am really dishearten from this book. I have over a hundred book in my library and this is by far one of the worst book.

What was most disappointing about Sarah J. Maas’s story?

The major problem with the story is it's believability. The main character is supposed to be the best assassin in the country. If Sarah did not remind you of this every 5 min you would totally forget this and swear the it was about the country's WORST and DUMBEST assassin. I'm still asking myself why would she portray her character in such a way. It was like a running joke. "I'm the country's best assassin" Then she immediately runs off and does something to contradicts that statement. Also her training in the desert was almost a total waist. She should have come back to town and shocked them with her new skills. She also should have gotten better skills while training. Not that the leader of the other assassin's guild proved in anyway that he could do anything well besides be quite. I REALLY fell that this book was a big joke.

Which scene was your favorite?

My favorite scene was when she realized she was being played for a fool for the ten time in a row. Wait!!! that didn't happen.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

The narrator was great I just don't know how she was able to finish the book.

Any additional comments?

Just because you say your the best does not mean your the best.

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    1 out of 5 stars
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  • M
  • 27/08/2014

No, just no

What disappointed you about The Assassin's Blade?

The premise was enticing but the delivery was too slow to arrive. What happens after the first hour I will never know. I am ok with not knowing.

Has The Assassin's Blade turned you off from other books in this genre?

This is possibly the last Maas book I "read" but not the last in the genre.

What three words best describe Elizabeth Evans’s performance?

Mon no tone

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

I can return it.

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  • Global
    4 out of 5 stars
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  • Paris
  • 04/09/2015

I read this before the main series...

So this world is all new to me. It's a decent collection of stories, with decently flawed character personalities. I hate it when characters too perfect and don't seem relatable. A couple of plot holes and some things you see coming from miles and miles away, but overall, a good read.

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Richard
  • 23/05/2018

Best book I've listened to all year!

Just finished listening to this book. It has got to be thee most captivating book i have listened to all all year! and i have listened to 22 books!

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    4 out of 5 stars
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  • Nici
  • 11/09/2015

Celaena the Assassin

#1 - The Assassin And The Pirate Lord
The first story of the novellas is more like an introduction to the story of Celaena and Sam. I forgot how arrogant she can be but we also get that she has ideals. This story is the weakest one of the bunch.

#2 - The Assassin And The Healer
My favorite so far. And for a split second we see another glimpse of Celaena’s caring side. Nice story.

#3 - The Assassin And The Desert
Although boring in the beginning I kind of warmed up to the story - not to Ansel though. In my head I was really rooting for Celeana to kill her and be over with it because I didn’t buy that whole „we are good friends“ bs. I kind of think that we will see Ansel in future stories (though I really hope not).

#4 - The Assassin And The Underworld
I just about had it with Arobynn. Why did I think going into this short story collection that Arobynn was a father figure to Celaena? How can somebody be such an asshole to you when he brought you up? Well, if you hadn’t have any feelings for Celaena I think this story will help you with it.

#5 - The Assassin And The Empire
Although I knew how this story is going to end I sobbed anyway. Pour Sam, pour Celaena. I really hope she can get her revenge on Arobynn. This story really sets the stage for the first novel in the series.

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Although not all stories were perfect, I enjoyed them very much. The only thing that really bothered me in the beginning was how naiv Celaena was but then I corrected myself: she is a girl not a grown woman and everyone has to learn somewhere, unfortunately Celaena has to learn the hard way.

*Review also posted on Goodreads!

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazon Customer
  • 11/07/2017

Celaena's origin story

An integral part of Celaena's story. In parts funny, insightful, exciting and utterly heartbreaking. Everyone who reads the Throne of Glass series should read The Assassin's Blade as well. Every single story is meaningful and has a lot of impact on future events. And it will make reading Empire of Storms all the more rewarding! I fully recommend this for all fans of Sarah J Maas' work and fans of the Throne of Glass series.

  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
  • Zeit zu Lesen
  • 21/09/2015

Spannende Story auch dank passender Sprecherin

Die Vorgeschichte zu Throne of Glass - ein Must für Fans von Celaena. Spannend und unterhaltsam erzählt.