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The Assassin's Blade

Sarah J. Maas

Cover artist

Alessandro Taini (Talexi)

Release Date March 4th, 2014

Bloomsbury USA


Celaena Sardothien


Preceded by
Followed by
Throne of Glass
Release order
Released after
Crown of Midnight
Released before
Heir of Fire

The Assassin's Blade is a collection of short stories set before the events of Throne of Glass. It was written by Sarah J. Maas.

Official synopsis

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 readers a deeper look into the history of this cunning assassin and her enthralling-and deadly-world.


The Assassin and the Pirate Lord

The book starts with Celaena Sardothien being called at four in the morning for a meeting at the Assassin's Keep, a manor where Arobynn Hamel lives and trains his assassins.

Celaena Sardothien, one of the most feared killers across the continent has been sent on a mission to Skull's Bay with her archenemy Sam Cortland. But when they discover they have been led by deception, the time will come for the team to go against the orders of their master.

The Assassin and the Healer

Celaena Sardothien has challenged her master. Now she must pay the price. Her journey to the Red Desert will be an arduous one, but it may change the fate of her cursed world forever...

The Assassin and the Desert

After their stunt, Celaena and Sam returned to the Keep and were severely punished by their master. Celaena, after being beaten, was forced to train in the Red Desert together with the Mute Master. Among the hot sun and the sand dunes Celaena forms a friendship that leaves more than a few broken bones.

The Assassin and the Underworld

Returned from her summer misadventure, Celaena returns to Rifthold, but she knows that nothing will be as before. Still grieving for the betrayal of Ansel, Celaena  will have to decide who to trust. Still willing to give a chance to Arobynn, Celaena, along with Sam who spent his holidays completely alone, will have to break off negotiations of slaves. But working with him is not easy. Not now that she feels that their friendship could develop into something more...

The Assassin and the Empire

Free and independent, Celaena feels that the world is opening the doors. But after a month, she and Sam have not yet received any contract. Realizing that they are still in the grip of Arobynn, they decide to take the plunge: to leave Rifthold for good. More motivated than ever Sam and Celaena accept a dangerous assignment that pays well, but at what price? Freedom and love that slowly, slowly disappear before their eyes, just when they had begun to taste it. Destroyed and without Sam with her, Celaena is sent to Endovier. But in that hell she makes a promise to herself; she will find out who hurt her and Sam. Because her name is Celaena Sardothien and she will never be afraid.


Included in this volume:


  • The Assassin's Blade has 435 pages.
Main series The Assassin’s BladeThrone of GlassCrown of MidnightHeir of FireQueen of ShadowsEmpire of StormsTower of DawnKingdom of Ash
Novellas The Assassin and the Pirate LordThe Assassin and the HealerThe Assassin and the DesertThe Assassin and the UnderworldThe Assassin and the Empire
Companion books Throne of Glass Coloring BookThe World of Throne of Glass
Online short stories The Assassin and the PrincessThe Assassin and the CaptainThe Captain and the Prince
Exclusive content Empire of Storms Exclusive (Barnes & Noble)Empire of Storms Exclusive (Target)Empire of Storms Exclusive (WHSmith)
Adaptions Queen of Shadows (television series)Embers of Memory: A Throne of Glass Game