The Assassin and the Underworld: A Throne of Glass Novella

The Assassin and the Underworld: A Throne of Glass Novella

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by Sarah J. Maas
     
 
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 misson 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.

Overview

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 misson 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781599909868
Publisher:
Bloomsbury USA
Publication date:
05/01/2012
Series:
Throne of Glass Series
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
53
Sales rank:
48,093
File size:
2 MB
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

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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The Assassin and the Underworld: A Throne of Glass Novella 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 26 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I bought all three of the novellas (though I see there is now a fourth), with somewhat high hopes. The stories are not *bad*, but they are not terribly well told, making them predictable and occasionally tedious to read. But as I have finished each, there is obviously something there worthwhile. The characters, premise and basic plots have merit, but I hope they are better executed in the full novel. If I could hope for one change, it would be that Celaena is either seen from the outside as the over-confident but not too bright character she appears to me to be (ie the bulk of her confidence comes admittedly from Arrobyn and his continued rumors building her up) OR write her smarter! For the "best" in the kingdom, she makes an aweful lot of ameteur-ish mistakes and has a terrible time figuring things out until they smack her in the face. I would like to say this perception might be from my utter brilliance... but I my ego is nowhere near as large as Celaena's appears to be! In the end, they are not a bad read if you want a quick bite of fluff, just don't expect anything inspirational, heartwrenching, nail-biting, thought provoking or terribly memorable.
Berls More than 1 year ago
Wish I'd read this before Throne of Glass! My Initial Reaction...  Man do I wish I had read The Assassin and the Underworld before reading Throne of Glass! I have a feeling I wouldn't have seen some of those twists coming. And I would be happier right now about some of the developments.  The Good...  Is EVERYTHING a good enough answer?! Okay, yeah that's not entirely true either, but Gah! This was good! I'm such a character driven reader and the character development in just 100 some pages is just incredible. We've been getting to know Celaena in the other ToG novellas, but in The Assassin and the Underworld I feel like we're getting a feel for the other players better than ever before.  After reading ToG I thought I was all about Chaol and Prince Dorian, but now I get why she's not falling all over them. She had someone even better! Sam Cortland people! Okay to be fair, I haven't read the rest of the series and I may end up falling head over heels for one of those guys, but I official love Sam. He's strong and capable and wants to protect Celaena. But he doesn't think that protecting her means squelching her independence. He lets her be strong and capable all on her own. He just wants to be her partner. Is it possible that my feelings for him are a bit altered by having read ToG and knowing where all this is headed? Hmmm... possibly! The Bad...  So only one thing really bothered me in The Assassin and the Underworld and it was Celaena's attitude toward Sam. She's so mean to him and sometimes I got it - she's hurt and on the defensive for a multitude of very good reasons. But other times I just wanted to reach in and smack her around (except that she'd obviously kick my ass, if not kill me LOL). She's supposed to be smart - this bad ass assassin, but she's not a very good judge of character - at least not that I've seen so far. Poor, shockingly naive for an assassin Celaena. This is kind of a good point too, though. What a complex character - assassin and yet still young and naive!  Concluding Sentiments...  Obviously I loved this, but some elements were very predictable. I think this is because I already read Throne of Glass, though. So, my recommendation: If you're new to this series, start with the novellas. I think you'll appreciate them and the book more if you read them in the right order. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love Celaena. I haven't read many stories told from the perspective of a tsundere. It's truly interesting and enjoyable, though for an assassin she's remarkably emotional and not even good at hiding it. It's more like she's a warrior who is in the business of assassination than a true assassin. Though there's a charm to that and it has me hooked! And I love how these novellas were released before the TOG debut!
Anonymous 10 days ago
Awesome
vampiregrl123 9 months ago
I can’t help but love the way that Arrobyn Hamel is written. Don’t get me wrong, I hate him just as much as everyone else who has read these novellas, But I absolutely love a good villain. He is so evil that he makes Celaena and Sam better characters. I love the romance we get to see blossoming between Celaena and Sam also. Of course that only makes the ending of The Assassin and the Empire so much worse. Sarah J. Maas wrote their characters beautifully and their romance matches.
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It is totally worth buying, and if you like it i am certain you will love throne of glass and crown of midnight!
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Fast read and a good novella.
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Loved it!
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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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