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

Title: The Assassin and the Desert

Author: Sarah J. Maas

Genre: YA Fantasy

Series: Throne of Glass (Novella #0.2)

Publication Date: March 30, 2012

Format: ebook, 112 Pages

ISBN-10: 1599909855 (Bloomsbury Kids)

ISBN-13: 978-1599909851 (Bloomsbury Kids)

Reviewed by: Kristie


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.

Quick & Dirty: Celaena trains with another group of assassin’s and learns a valuable lesson on friendship and patience.

Opening Sentence: There was nothing left in the world except sand and wind.

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

Celaena Sardothien has been sent to train in the Red Desert with the Mute Master of the Silent Assassins as punishment for the events that happened in The Assassin and the Pirate Lord. She must train with the Master and come back with a letter of recommendation before she will be allowed back at the Assassin’s Keep.

Celaena learns a lesson of life and the value of friendship in this short novella. The potential for supernatural grows in this series with evil witches and crazy, horse sized spiders that bargain for your soul or youth. As these are only discussed and not seen, I’m not too sure how heavily paranormal events will play in this series. This novella really sets up for many other stories that I am already wanting to read.

Overall, The Assassin and the Desert shows deeper character development for Celaena. She came off a little impersonal in the first novella but in this one I really felt for her plight, even if she is a little selfish and spoiled. I can’t wait to see what adventure Celaena goes on next.

Notable Scene:

“And then he’s either going to give them away as a bribe, or lose interest and let them languish here for the rest of their lives. Lord Berick tends to tire of his playthings rather quickly.”

“What a waste.”

“Indeed it is,” Ansel muttered from inside the stall. Celaena lowered her fingers from Kasida’s muzzle and peered into Hisli’s pen. Ansel was running a hand down Hisli’s black flank, her face still full of wonder. Then she turned. “Are you a strong rider?”

“Of course,” Celaena said slowly.


Celaena bit down on her cry of alarm as Ansel unlocked the stall door and guided Hisli out of her pen. In a smooth, quick motion, the girl was atop the horse, clutching the reins in on hand. “Because you’re going to have to ride like hell.”

Throne of Glass Series:

0.1 The Assassin and the Pirate Lord

0.2 The Assassin and the Desert

0.3 The Assassin and the Underworld

0.4 The Assassin and the Empire

1. Throne of Glass

FTC Advisory: I purchased my own copy of The Assassin and the Desert. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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