The Assassin and the Desert: A Throne of Glass Novella (Throne of Glass, #0.3)

by Sarah J. Maas

4.15 of 5 stars 13 ratings • 4 reviews • 19 shelved
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The Assassin and the Desert: A Throne of Glass Novella (Throne of Glass, #0.3)

by Sarah J. Maas

4.15 of 5 stars 13 ratings • 4 reviews • 19 shelved
  • ISBN10 1599909855
  • ISBN13 9781599909851
  • Publish Date 30 March 2012
  • Publish Status Active
  • Publish Country US
  • Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing Plc
  • Imprint Bloomsbury Childrens Books
  • Format eBook
  • Pages 51
  • Language English


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The Assassin and the Desert is another novella in Sarah J. Maas Throne of Glass series. This would be the third novella in the series. It follows Celaena Sardothien to her punishment in the Red Desert to train with the Silent Assassins for a month. Arobynn was not happy with her after freeing the slaves that he bought. She has to get trained by the Mute Master and receive a letter of recommendation from him after a month; if she doesn’t then, she might as well not come back to the Guild. 

This novella touches on abuse that Celaena deals with at the Guild with her Master, a real jerk. I’m not too fond of Arobynn, and I feel for Celaena. She gets a break from the Guild to train with some of the best Assassins, but she has to get trained by the Mute Master. She’s determined to gain his attention. Celaena becomes friends with the other female at the Silent Assassins, named Ansel of Briarcliff. Ansel is someone Celaena can talk to and be friends with, especially since she doesn’t have any girlfriends.

I enjoyed this novella but found it slow at first. It took a while to build up to what was going to happen at the end. I was surprised by what happened in this novella but figured out why it happened. The novella introduces us to Ironteenth withes and spider silk, which is in the novel-length books for the series. You may get nightmares after finding out about the witches. I know Celaena was bothered by the story she was told about them. I can’t wait to read the next novella in the series. I can’t wait to read Arobynn’s reaction to Celaena getting trained by the Mute Master.

Would I recommend this novella? Yes. This is one novella I would recommend reading for the series. Readers will get to read another side of Celaena because she has to learn to be patient. She also finds out you can’t trust everyone. It also touches on what Celaena has been going through with the Guild. I think she would’ve been better off staying with the Mute Master and the Silent Assassins instead of going home to the Guild.

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I wanted more of her training and how it was happening and her friendship that she made and a little less whining about not being chosen quick enough.

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lizarodz 5 of 5 stars
This novella starts about a month after Sam and Celaena return to the Assassin’s Keep and face Arobynn and the fact that they spoilt his business deal with the Pirate Lord. To say the least, Arobynn didn’t take it well and both Sam and Celaena were severely punished for their interference. Celaena is send to the middle of the desert to train with the Silent Assassins and here she makes one special friend. She faces some tribulations and a lot of pain in the process, but as expected she triumphs at the end. It is so difficult to understand how Ms. Maas creates characters that are so compelling in such a short number of pages; she is one talented author! The setting of this book was so rich and the differences between the desert and Adarlan so marked. I missed Sam and so did Celaena. Oh, and Arobynn is a bastard (I don’t want to curse, so that word will have to do for now ;)

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Mackenzie 5 of 5 stars
Review originally posted on my blog Oh, For the Love of Books!

I haven't read many novellas, but if the rest are like the Throne of Glass novellas then I can't believe I've taken this long to read them! I absolutely loved the first novella, The Assassin and the Pirate Lord, and this next one doesn't disappoint.

This time Celaena finds herself crossing the unforgiving Red Desert to find the dwelling place of the Silent Assassins. After her little stunt with the release of the slaves in the previous novella, her leader sends her here to learn a thing or two.

The Silent Assassins is a place where assassins gather to practice with each other and hope for the tutelage of the leader of the Silent Assassins. Celaena is just as sassy and kick-butt as in the previous novella, but now she's not the only person thats good at what she does and she gets put in her place more than once. However, throughout this book Celaena grows tremendously learning about the true assassins art and learning to take her own path. Celaena learns to stand up for what she believes in no matter the cost. She may be an assassin, but she's still a human being.

At a mere 86 pages, Maas made this feel like an entire book. We are introduced to new characters that are quite developed for so few pages, the book evokes emotions from the reader, the plot is addicting and intriguing. What more could you ask for?

I was so completely addicted to this novella. I read it all in one sitting because I wanted to know what was going to happen. And the ending was just so good! Celaena got a lot of flack (that's a huge understatement) from her leader because of what she did but the leader of the Silent Assassins is the complete opposite. He doesn't believe that harm will make a better assassin. No. He works with them and really shows them how to get better. He truly cares about his student and I absolutely loved that about him. He encouraged hard work and determination but cared for them with his heart of gold.

To say I loved this is a huge understatement. When an author can give you so much in so few pages, that's talent! I'm glad I got the book through Netgalley because I'm going to have to start it ASAP!! XD

All the best ♥