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The Assassin's Blade

The Throne of Glass Novellas
Narrated by: Elizabeth Evans
Length: 12 hrs and 52 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (196 ratings)
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Editorial Reviews

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

Publisher's Summary

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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I COULDN'T STAND IT...

How she would yell the first few words then softly speak the rest. EVERY SENTENCE WOULD BE... The same. A PAUSE BETWEEN... The yelling and speaking

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best books and boice actor!

omg! I love these books!!!!!!! the voice actor is the absolute best! I like the other series more but this was grrat to and gave the story more body anf now I want to listen to the other books all over again!

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loved it

have listened to most of the series. I just love them all.worth listening to it

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Strong female role

so good you can re listen to the story every few years. strong female role

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Well - Novellas- enticing to buy more books

Enjoyable book but disappointing that the book is ended to invoice you to read the next book! It would however gotten a 4/5 star rating! I hate it when books are written to get you to buy more!

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a Book for young adults.

Narrator was great, the story is a bit teenage girly even though the subject matter is possibly not

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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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  • N. ROSS
  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • a.nava
  • 05-09-2018

Remember this book is a "back story"

For those who have not read/listened to the rest of the books yet, you need to understand 1 thing about this book. This is her back story, this is when she was still a teenager, acting like a spoiled brat with a history of anger issues. The whole point of this book is so you can understand why she does something and who her allies are in the rest of the series. You get to understand why she is so broken in book 1.

When I first started this series I had to stop listening to it for a while before I finally came back and gave it a chance. Sarah is character building through the whole series. You have to keep in mind this WHOLE series starts with her at 16 almost 17 and end with her in her 20 or almost 21(I believe). She is bringing this character to life, you will see her grow and learn from her mistakes and make more and learn from them again. The main character is whinny and emotional to the point of annoying but she is ridiculously kind hearted to a fault but doesn't like to show it so she puts on this "tough" face and try's to be someone deep down that she is not. You wont realize this so much in this book, but you will as the series continues and you watch her grow in the the amazing bada** person she is meant to be.

I HATE whinny characters that are supposed to be strong people, and I usually will stop reading a book if the main character doesn't start "growing up" or learning from their mistakes quick enough. BUT that is NOT what is in this book, this is a BACK STORY. This is just so the other characters in the rest of the series have more dept, and it helps you realize why she has such a love/hate relationship with the "King of the Assassins".

This audible book was not available when I got all of the other books in the series, so I had the privilege of knowing the story line before listening to this particular back story. You really could wait to listen to this one after the fact and still understand the rest of the series. This book just brings in the "AHHHH I get it now" when you hear the names of other characters in the story.

Give this book a chance or at the very least save it for like the 5th or last one you read/listen to. It gives you time to understand the growth of the character that Sarah brings to this story. Still one of my favorite character development stories.

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  • Shamatee
  • 20-07-2018

Fabulous reader. definitely book one.

this book is listed as .5. read this as book one. such an amazing reader!!

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  • flywatt
  • 09-11-2018

Good for others, not for me.

I have it a high rating because I'm trying not to be biased. The story is great for an audience of teenage girls. Teenage conflicts, puppy love, lovers quarrels. Think of twilight, but with assassins instead of vampires. Like I said, great for teenage girls, not for this 34 YOM.

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  • Laura LaFond
  • 05-11-2018

I can't tell if I like this or not

The narrator is not one I care to ever listen to again. She comes across as pissed off all the time. I can't get into the story because she's chosen to perform this book like an angry bitch. Once in a while if a character is upset it's one thing but every single line is done in a snarky, over dramatized, pissed off way. I can't even get through this book. I was hoping to find a new series based on recommendations but just can't do it.

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  • C
  • 10-01-2017

love it

never fails to sucks you in and entertain. Sarah J Mass is an amazing author. I just can't get enough. The narrator is amazing and does the book justice

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  • Wooljunky
  • 03-03-2016

Outstanding

I read this book ages ago but couldn't remember most of it. I love it. The narrator is Brilliant. Best YA Fantasy I heard in a long time.

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  • Lulu
  • 21-05-2014

OK, Moderately Enjoyable

I was expecting a little more intrigue and depth but didn't get it. Don't get me wrong, it was an enjoyable read but I couldn't help getting irritated with this supposed mysterious heroine who acted way too much on careless impulse and emotion (dumb blonde). As such, less emphasis was placed on building-up a story with greater intellectual complexity or stimulation that would compel one to grab the sequel with enthusiasm...Not much effort was put into describing the world in which our heroine lives, and too many questions were left hanging (obviously to be answered in the sequels) leaving a shallow if not hollow story.. I don't feel compelled to find out whether the questions will be addressed in the sequels.. BUT, hands up to the narrator - she brought the book to life in a way that could not have been achieved by reading the book/hard copy. I've probably been too harsh in my review of this book, but, it didn't provide much basis flattery. I think, even if I was a YA, I'd have wanted a little more intrigue!!

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  • lucy g
  • 16-11-2018

Awful reading and plotline has a lot of holes.

Despite the on going plot holes and incredulous story, this audio book may have been okay had it been read by someone else. The accents are either sassy, crooning American, stereotypical russian or what the reader thinks passes for an English accent but as is the case with every American/English imitation, it sounds especially hammy, not to mention the appalling male voices that come from the throat of the female reader. I only wish I bought the written version instead of the audio books because it has been completely ruined for me.

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  • William
  • 07-11-2018

Disappointed

Read the court of thorns series and was captivated, needed another Maas fix but this didn’t deliver for me. Will persevere with the next in series as it has potential to develop into something big.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-11-2018

A great book ruined by an awful natator

Accessible story, maybe to accessible, time will tell. natator ruined the experience for me, some very strange accent choices.

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  • Ellen
  • 11-10-2018

SO GREAT !!

i loved it and i can wait to read thone of glass now!! and the entire series ofc

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  • Seán Cronin
  • 22-08-2018

A good performance of a poor book

Sadly I have found this book utterly uncompelling. I am constantly hoping it will improve, and I am constantly disappointed. In my opinion, the writing is poor, the characters are unconvincing, and the world building is shallow. I had high hopes coming into this book on the back of the positive reviews online and a friend's recommendation, but they were misplaced.

The one redeeming feature here is the performance which I found perfectly acceptable.

Despite a solid narration, you should probably give this one a miss.

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  • JenniferL
  • 14-03-2018

Great Prequel to the Throne of Glass series

This book tells the story of how Celaena finds herself in Endovier, where she starts at the beginning of the Throne of Glass series. This is a great book, filled with shorter stories that build into a bigger picture of her journey through these younger years of her life. It's cleverly written and although you know where she will end it's still filled with intrigue and interest.

I listened to this book after Crown of Midnight which is the order they were published. This worked well for me. I know others have listened to it at different points or even first. I think knowing some of her story before listening to it makes it more interesting.

The narrator of this series is really good and I look forward to listening to more of the Throne of Glass series.

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  • Ian
  • 21-02-2018

great series well recommended

it was good to get a background and know how she became the woman she is. loved the whole series and I would highly recommend it.