The Assassin and the Desert | #COYER Short Review

August 12, 2014 Reviews 14

The Assassin and the Desert | #COYER Short ReviewThe Assassin and the Desert by Sarah J. Maas
Series: Throne of Glass #0.3
Published by Bloomsbury USA Childrens on March 30, 2012
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Pages: 103
Format: Hardcover
Source: Purchased

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
The Assassin's Blade

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.

The Good…

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 Bad…

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.

Concluding Sentiments…

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.

Pretty Great

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About Sarah J. Maas

Sarah J Mass

Sarah J. Maas lives in Southern California, and over the years, she has developed an unhealthy appreciation for Disney movies and bad pop music. She adores fairy tales and ballet, drinks too much coffee, and watches absolutely rubbish TV shows. When she’s not busy writing YA fantasy novels, she can be found exploring the California coastline.


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14 Responses to “The Assassin and the Desert | #COYER Short Review”

    • Berls

      Me too – it’s so rare! I feel like these novellas really should have just been put together as a book though – because they feel seriously important to the series. And to me, novella tends to mean, “if you want to read it, but you don’t have to.”
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  1. Tanja

    Oh Silent Assassins were so badass! I loved this one for them and also setting. It was so great. I actually don’t remember it as predictable but yeah. Anyhow I really hope you’ll continue to enjoy this series. Great review 🙂
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