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

Title: The Assassin and the Underworld

Author: Sarah J. Maas

Genre: YA Fantasy

Series: Throne of Glass (Novella #0.3)

Publication Date: May 1, 2012

Format: eBook, 92 Pages

ISBN-10: 1408834227 (Bloomsbury Kids)

ISBN-13: 978-1408834220 (Bloomsbury Kids)

Reviewed by: Kristie


When the King of the Assassins gives Celaena Sardothien a special assignment that will help fight slavery in the kingdom, she jumps at the chance to strike a blow against an evil practice. The mission is a dark and deadly affair which takes Celaena from the rooftops of the city to the bottom of the sewer—and she doesn’t like what she finds there.

Quick & Dirty: Entertaining look into an assassin on the job.

Opening Sentence: The cavernous entrance hall of the Assassin’s Keep was silent as Celaena Sardothien stalked across the marble floor, a letter clutched between her fingers.

Excerpt: No

The Review:

Freshly back from her adventure to the Red Desert, Celaena is excited to move on with her life. She plans to use the treasure she brings back to pay off her debts to Arobynn Hamel, the King of the Assassins, and free herself from his tyranny.  Arobynn knows Celaena’s stance on slaves and offers her a job to stop a slave ring from developing. Celaena eagerly agrees to the job. She has help from her fellow assassin Sam Cortland where tempers flare and sparks fly.

This novella gives a more in depth look at the city of Rifthold and how the assassin’s operate. We finally get to see Celaena in action. Unfortunately this story was a little predictable but I still wanted to see how the story would play out. Celaena’s stubbornness wins out as the story progresses but she takes major steps to change her future.

The Assassin and the Underworld is an entertaining look into the Throne of Glass world. This novella could be read as a standalone but I recommend reading the other novellas for more backstory.

Notable Scene:

She shook off his grip. “I am what I am, and I don’t particularly care what you think of me.” Maybe once he might have believed that, but now…

“Well, I care what you think of me. I care enough that I stayed at this disgusting party just for you. And I care enough that I’d attend a thousand more like it so I can spend a few hours with you when you aren’t looking at me like I’m not worth the dirt beneath your shoes.”

That made her anger stumble. She swallowed hard, her head spinning. “We have enough going on with Doneval. I don’t need to be fighting with you.” She wanted to rub her eyes, but she would have ruined the cosmetics on them. She let out a long sigh. “Can’t we just … try to enjoy ourselves right now?”

Sam shrugged, but his eyes were still dark and gleaming. “If you want to dance with that man, then go ahead.”

“It’s not about that.”

“Then tell me what it’s about.”

She began wringing her fingers, then stopped herself. “Look,” she said, the music so loud it was hard to hear her own thoughts. “I—Sam, I don’t know how to be your friend yet. I don’t know if I know who to be anyone’s friend. And …. Can we just talk about this tomorrow?”

He shook his head slowly, but gave her a smile, even though it didn’t reach his eyes. “Sure. If you can remember anything tomorrow,” he said with forced lightness. She made herself smile back at him. He jerked his chin toward the dancing. “Go have fun. We’ll talk in the morning.” He stepped closer, as if he’d kiss her cheek, but then thought better of it. She couldn’t tell if she was disappointed or not as he squeezed her shoulder instead.

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 Underworld. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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