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.
Not being the biggest fan of novellas, I was pretty nervous to read The Assassin and the Desert. First of all, it always takes me awhile to really get into a Sarah J. Maas book (probably because she writes high fantasy,) and I just didn’t know how I would respond to such a short novel. However, I was so wrong. This novella was off the charts amazing; I can’t wait to read the next two novellas that are available.
The Assassin and the Desert does start out a little slowly. I was bored up until about 45-50% through the novella. It wasn’t that kill me now type of bored, though. It was more like…I’m bored….but I like it…but I’m bored…but I want to know what happens next kind of bored. About halfway through the novella, things started to pick up quickly and I was no longer bored.
What I loved about The Assassin and the Desert was finding out more about Celaena’s past and seeing references to TOG and COM. Some things that happened in COM are better explained in this novella and really made me want to go read those scenes again in COM. For example, the Iron Witches are mentioned in this novella. I was intrigued about them in COM, but after reading this novella I want more of them. Lots more.
There were also some things and some people in this book that have spiked my curiosity as to whether or not they will be in future books in this series. I would absolutely love to see some of the people in this novella make appearances throughout the series. Let’s just say that Chaol and Dorian might have some competition later on! He was DEFINITELY swoon worthy!
The Assassin and the Desert is a quick read, but it’s still about 100 pages. It’s not like a 50 page novella; it’s a pretty decent size novella. It’s totally worth the read! I can’t wait to read the rest of the novellas in this series. Go read this one now!
Source: Kindle Edition
Publication Date: March 30th, 2012
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Rating: [rating: 4]
Ansel let out another whoop when they came out the other end of the Cleaver, and she turned to find Celaena still riding close behind her. They rode across the dunes, heading west, the setting sun turning the entire world bloodred.
When the horses were too winded to keep running, Ansel finally stopped atop a dune, Celaena pulling up beside her. Ansel looked at Celaena, wildness still rampant in her eyes. “Wasn’t that wonderful?”
Breathing hard, Celaena didn’t say anything as she punched Ansel so hard in the face that the girl went flying off her horse and tumbled onto the sand.
Ansel just clutched her jaw and laughed.