The Assassin and the Desert: A Throne of Glass Novella

The Assassin and the Desert: A Throne of Glass Novella

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by Sarah J. Maas
     
 
After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin.

Her opponents are men-thieves and assassins and warriors from across

Overview

After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin.

Her opponents are men-thieves and assassins and warriors from across the empire, each sponsored by a member of the kings council. If she beats her opponents in a series of eliminations, shell serve the kingdom for three years and then be granted her freedom.

Celaena finds her training sessions with the captain of the guard, Westfall, challenging and exhilirating. But shes bored stiff by court life. Things get a little more interesting when the prince starts to show interest in her... but its the gruff Captain Westfall who seems to understand her best.

Then one of the other contestants turns up dead... quickly followed by another. Can Celaena figure out who the killer is before she becomes a victim? As the young assassin investigates, her search leads her to discover a greater destiny than she could possibly have imagined.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781599909851
Publisher:
Bloomsbury USA
Publication date:
03/30/2012
Series:
Throne of Glass Series
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
51
Sales rank:
48,187
File size:
2 MB
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

Throne of Glass was Sarah J. Maass first full-length novel to be published, though she already had a large online fan base, many of whom discovered this fantasy world in its first incarnation on www.fictionpress.com, written when Sarah was just sixteen. Throne of Glass was shortlisted for the Waterstones Childrens Teen Book of the Year and has sold in thirteen languages. Sarah lives in Southern California, USA.

You can find out more about Sarah and Throne of Glass at www.sjmaas.livejournal.com.

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The Assassin and the Desert 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The current overview for this book is not correct. I read the first novella in this series and enjoyed. I think I liked this second book even more. the story and the characters were a little more developed. I can't wait to check out the next books in the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just wish it was longer!!!!!!! Can't wait till the next book comes out!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this even more than ToG! I could get used to these brilliant and entertaining short stories. It's like a TV series, only better. The author is so good at painting the picture, it's like I'm personally experiencing Celaena's adventures alongside her! 5 stars! Bravo! :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If your planning to read Throne of Glass theses novellas are a must read =). They give you a lot of background and good story of what happens before the events of Throne of Glass.
vampiregrl123 7 months ago
I really enjoyed the characters in this novella. It was refreshing to have a fresh set of characters to learn about. I loved Ansel and the dynamic she plays with Celaena. It’s interesting to see the difference in the two assassins’ and learn about how Ansel grew up. I also loved the Mute Master. He is kinder than Arrobyn Hamel and treats his assassins better than Arrobyn ever would. I liked that the Silent Assassins were more of a brotherhood and worked together. The change of setting was refreshing also. Instead of being in a town Celaene finds herself in the middle of the Red Desert with no one else but the Silent Assassins around for miles. I feel that the remote setting gives Celaena a chance to think for a while and better her skills.
Berls More than 1 year ago
If the main story line weren’t so predictable, I’d probably have given it 5 stars. Actual Rating is 4.5 stars 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. 
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