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The Assassin and the Desert: A Throne of Glass Novella [NOOK Book]

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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 king's council. If she beats her ...
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The Assassin and the Desert: A Throne of Glass Novella

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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 king's council. If she beats her opponents in a series of eliminations, she'll 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 she's bored stiff by court life. Things get a little more interesting when the prince starts to show interest in her... but it's 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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781599909851
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
  • Publication date: 3/30/2012
  • Series: Throne of Glass Series
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 51
  • Sales rank: 52,357
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Throne of Glass was Sarah J. Maas's 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 Children's 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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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2012

    fun, quick, action read.

    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.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 26, 2013

    Love these books

    I just wish it was longer!!!!!!! Can't wait till the next book comes out!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 12, 2012

    So good!

    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! :)

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  • Posted August 22, 2014

    If the main story line weren¿t so predictable, I¿d probably have

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 21, 2012

    Must Read....

    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.

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