Series: Throne of Glass #0.3
Published by Bloomsbury USA Childrens on March 30, 2012
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
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.
Read as part of the Anthology: The Assassin's Balde
My Initial Reaction…
The Assassin and the Desert may be my favorite novella in this collection so far. So much happens and I think this is the moment where Celaena really turns into the person that I remembered from Throne of Glass. If the main story line weren’t so predictable, I’d probably have given it 5 stars.
I loved the setting for The Assassin and the Desert so much! Celaena is training with the Silent Assassins and it really pulls her out of her element. She’s not the top dog, she can’t be all secretive about her identity, and she needs people to like her. In the process, though, she changes. She has friends, she learns to see herself much more clearly, and grows not just as an assassin but as a person.
The only thing I didn’t like about The Assassin and the Desert is it’s predictability. As soon as there were hints to gather, I had solved the “mystery.” It was so obvious and I really wish that there had been some unexpected twist. It was still enjoyable though, just not shocking.
I really think The Assassin and the Desert is going to change the tone of the rest of the novellas, and I’m excited to see more of this new Celaena.