Sunday, December 22, 2013

Reviews: The Assassin and the...

I recently dived into the Throne of Glass novellas
and here is the result!
My review of
The Assassin and the Pirate Lord (Throne of Glass 0.1)

The Assassin and the DesertTitle: The Assassin and the Desert (Throne of Glass 0.2)
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Published: Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Publisher: March 30, 2012
Format: Ebook
Source: Library
Purchase: Amazon

The Silent Assassins of the Red Desert aren’t much for conversation, and Celaena Sardothien wouldn’t have it any other way. She’s not there to chatter, she’s there to hone her craft as the world’s most feared killer for hire. When the quiet is shattered by forces who want to destroy the Silent Assassins, Celaena must find a way to stop them, or she’ll be lucky to leave the desert alive.


The atmosphere was established in the beginning as Celaena Sardothien, the main character, is traveling through the desert to reach her destination of The Silent Assassins. The "sigh" of the sands being the only sound I thought was a wonderful way of symbolizing how alone and empty Celaena is feeling.

In the first novella, The Assassin and the Pirate Lord, Celaena was paired with another assassin named Sam, who she befriended. The ending of that novella didn't turn out to well for them according to the opening of The assassin and the desert. Celaena's Master apparantly beat the dog-crap out of Celaena and she has no idea what happened to Sam. It is eating her up inside not knowing, but she was sent to learn from the Mute Master of the Silent Assassins in the Red Desert and cannot fail if she ever wants to return home to Rifthold.

Celaena is only in the Desert for about a month. It seems it would be difficult to allow a character believable growth in such a short time-frame, yet somehow, Sarah J. Maas, the author, manages it. I don't know why I waited so long to come back to The Throne of Glass series because it just keeps getting better if "Desert" is any indication of what is to come from Maas. There was a lot of action and the writing was fantastic. The character of Celaena is beautiful and deadly, a great combination!

The only thing left to say is...

5 stars for The Assassin and the Desert!

The Assassin and the UnderworldTitle: The Assassin and the Underworld (Throne of Glass 0.3)
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Published: May 1, 2012
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Format: Ebook; 101pg
Source: Library
Purchase: Amazon

When the King of the Assassins gives Celaena Sardothien a special assignment that will help fight slavery in the kingdom, she jumps at the chance to strike a blow against an evil practice. The mission is a dark and deadly affair which takes Celaena from the rooftops of the city to the bottom of the sewer--and she doesn't like what she finds there.


In this installment of the Throne of Glass novellas, we find Celaena back with Arobynn, The King of the Assassins, home in Rifthold. While Celaena is somewhat happy and relieved to be back in her "pampered" world, she can't shake the feeling that something is off.

The latest assignment Celaena has been given is supposed to be a huge blow to those involved in the business of slavery, something Celaena is opposed to immensely. This assignment will take her to places noone would ever want to go!

During the course of this novella, it is clear that Celaena has feelings for Sam. I don't want to blow anybody's ending though, so I will shut up right there! Let me just say, the writing of Maas just gets better and better.

5 stars to The Assassin and the Underworld!

The Assassin and the EmpireTitle: The Assassin and the Empire (Throne of Glass 0.4) 
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Published: July 20, 2012
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Format: Ebook; 94pg
Source: Library
Purchase: Amazon

Celaena Sardothien is the assassin with everything: a place to call her own, the love of handsome Sam, and, best of all, freedom. Yet, she won’t be truly free until she is far away from her old master, Arobynn Hamel; Celaena must take one last daring assignment that will liberate her forever. But having it all, means you have a lot to lose . . .


Wow. Arobynn is such a bastard! I really hate this guy for what he keeps putting Celaena through! Okay, I feel better now... lol

This novella was just as great as the first three and I am dying to dive into Throne of Glass. Alas, my library book that just came off hold will push it back a bit. But trust me, I will be dying to find out what happens until I can finally read Throne of Glass and the sequel, Crown of Midnight!

The Assassin and the Empire is definitely the most heart-breaking of the novellas. I can't say much about the plot for fear of revealing too much, but it was excellent. And of course, Sam and Celaena are just brilliant characters that I really empathize with and I love finding characters like that!

Anyone that enjoyed Throne of Glass should read these novellas if they haven't it. It must add so much more to the character! I can't imagine reading Throne of Glass without having all this backstory.

5 stars for The Assassin and the Empire!

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