Monday, November 19, 2012

Book Review: The Assassin and the Desert, by Sarah J. Maas

Sarah J. Maas has created the most entertaining character in Celaena Sardothien. I just can't get enough of the Throne of Glass series.

I'm really picky about my short stories (read: I don't like them.) But even though these are short, they have a plot, a beginning and an end, and character growth. They are like reading a really interesting novel -- only short!

This time, in The Assassin and the Desert, Celaena has been banished (after her disobedience in The Assassin and the Pirate Lord) by Arobynn, her trainer, to the desert to be trained by the Master of the Silent Assassins. There she will hope to win his favor, so he can write her a letter to get her back in Arobynn's good graces.

While there she makes friends with Ansel, who also wants to be trained by the Master. She has an interesting story. There's plenty of adventure and danger and surprises. Although, I did suspect who the bad guy was from the beginning. I don't know what is so mesmerizing about this world and these cultures, but I feel like I live and breath these characters while I'm reading.

Just a warning -- no Sam in this one, and his fate is unknown, so all the more reason to keep reading! Next up: The Assassin and the Underworld.

If you enjoyed Throne of Glass,  I can't recommend these novellas enough. You won't be disappointed.

Published by Bloomsbury, March 30, 2012
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  1. I really need to read this series. Thanks for the review!

  2. I usually dislike reading short stories too. The only one I've enjoyed so far was Elixir by Jennifer Armentrout. I loved the novel Throne of Glass so I'll have to check the short stories out as well!

    Daphne @ Reading Until Dawn

  3. Loved ToG and have been wanting to read the novellas. Thanks for positive review.
    Happy reading,
    Brandi from Blkosiner’s Book Blog

  4. I hear so many good things about Throne of Glass! I only read novellas if I really liked the series as well. There's a lot of them, right? Are they repetitive? Good review!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog!

    1. There are four novellas. They are not repetitive, but it's best to read in order, because each story refers to the previous ones. I started the third one today!


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