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{February 17, 2013}   {Review} The Assassin and the Desert by Sarah J. Maas. (Throne of Glass #0.2)

13419891From Goodreads: 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.

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I liked this novella much more than The Assassin and the Pirate Lord, and I think it really has to do with the humility that Celaena begins to show throughout the pages as she is bested time and time again.  Here, in the middle of the desert, thrust far from all she knows as punishment for her disobedience to the Assassin King, Celaena begins to realize that she still has much to learn.  I felt much more connection with Celaena in this novella as she begins to really feel. She misses Sam, who we met in the first novella, and she is still sore from the beating she received for freeing the slaves.  She is lonely and friendless, but her realization that she is difficult makes her likable, and it is here that we see her make a true friend.  Celaena is slowly coming down from her high pedestal and we begin to see the human side of her, which is the side I already knew from having read Throne of Glass prior to these novellas.  And, what I’m seeing is Maas fleshing out a character that struggles with pride and haughtiness, and morphing her into a real, genuine character.  Her experiences in both this novella and the first are going to heavily impact Celaena’s life and change her for the better.

This novella is full of fun and interesting characters, and I enjoyed the many tasks set before Celaena.  I also enjoyed trying to figure out what exactly was happening alongside her.  There is a traitor in her midst, and while I figured out who it was fairly early on, I wasn’t sure of the “why” behind the betrayal, and it was very interesting to find out how everything came together.

So, if you’re like me and didn’t really care for Celaena’s character in The Assassin and the Pirate Lord, and you want a fun, shorter read to fill some extra time, keep reading these novellas.  Celaena gets better, and the rollercoaster ride of emotions is worth it.  Four stars.

4 stars

I purchased this novella from Amazon.

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