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The Assassin and the Desert: A Throne of Glass Novella (Throne of Glass series Book 1) by [Maas, Sarah J.]
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  • File Size: 589 KB
  • Print Length: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens; 1 edition (March 30, 2012)
  • Publication Date: March 30, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007O61DVI
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What is it about Sarah J. Maas's writing that has me acting like an obsessed fanatic? Literally, the woman continues to throw curve balls left and right. Her storytelling is simply fantastic. I can't even fathom the sort of attention she'll receive once Throne of Glass is released. The Assassin and the Desert was excellent in every single way. What I learned about friendship, love and life from that tiny novella alone can't even compare to the past twenty books I've read in the last few months! That's simply the gist of it - good quality writing, wonderful characters, epic battles and subtle life lessons all packaged into one.

Celaena Sardothien certainly won me over. How Maas was able to develop a character so perfectly and in such a short about of time--two novellas--baffles me. Here we've got a kick ass girl with a bad bad attitude. Beautiful, vain and so very arrogant. Yet, this girl feels more than your average character could ever feel -- and oh-so-deeply does she feel. For someone who's a tad bit shallow, Celaena's pretty damn deep. Nevertheless, Celaena Sardothien leaves a lasting impression on every single person she encounters because for some reason, she just does. And it's done so very smoothly and subtly by Maas.

All I could think about after finishing this book were the cookie crumbs dropped by Celaena during the first two novellas. No doubt, they will inevitably continue to drop as the series progresses. My questions are: Who will meet her? Whose life will change because of her? And most importantly: Who will leave a lasting impression on her. The character growth in Celaena alone from The Assassin and the Pirate Lord to this novella is astounding, and I'm eager to see how and where she stands two novellas and three books from now.
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In THE ASSASSIN AND THE PIRATE LORD, we got to see the young, headstrong Celaena take on a entire port of pirates to defend what she believed in. It was swashbuckling adventure followed by edge-of-the-seat thrills, all wrapped up in clever dialogue and typical Celaena finesse.

And now, in THE ASSASSIN AND THE DESERT, we get to enter into a new type of story. This novella has more mystery, more friendships (and enmities), and more character growth. But don't worry--there's still a whole lot of epic fighting. And super epic world-building. We get to see the dunes of the desert, the ranks of the Silent Assassins, the bustling city of Xandria, and so much more. There are scenes from this novella that gave me chills--and also gave me serious cases of writer's envy.

Even if you don't care about lovely prose or topnotch plotting, you'll probably be interested to know this: the stories contained within these novellas add so much depth to the THRONE OF GLASS series. Everyone who's ever read THRONE OF GLASS adores it. Truly, there's a reason Sarah still has a bajillion loyal fans ten years after first staring the Fictionpress version of that novel, and that reason is that the story is sweeping and amazing...And I honestly believe that these novellas manage to make the novel even more sweeping and more amazing.

So, if you like epic fantasy, sweeping desert worlds, or thrilling action, then you'll definitely want to pick up THE ASSASSIN AND THE DESERT.
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I must admit that I've never been a big reader of fantasy, but something about the description for THRONE OF GLASS really sucked me in. So, I was super excited to read the first novella in the series to test the waters, shall we say. It was awesome, and I expected ASSASSIN AND THE DESERT to be equally as good. I was pleasantly surprised when it blew me away!! I loved PIRATE LORD, but DESERT took things to a whole new level. Sarah Maas' world building is absolutely incredible. When I read her work, I feel like I'm in the hands of a master. Her writing just has a lovely, timeless feel to it. I felt much more sympathetic to Celaena in this novella, and many more layers of her personality are peeled away. Intriguing new characters are introduced, while still keeping ties to the old ones, and things are nicely set up for the next novella. I am so excited to see how everything comes together in the main book!
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I had been meaning to start THRONE OF GLASS for a long time and was juuuust about to start it when Nikki from There Were Books Involved advised me to read the novellas first. See, this would haven’t been my first read of THRONE OF GLASS. I had actually tried back when the book first came out in 2012 and made it about 80 pages before my book was due back the library… But I hadn’t been really interested it in. I had found it a bit hard to get into and I think I wasn’t at a point in my reading life at that point in time where I could really appreciate fantasy as much as I do now. When Nikki advised me to read the novellas first because they actually helped her appreciate THRONE OF GLASS that much more, I decided that was definitely the best route for me.

The funny story is… I was only able to borrow some digitally from my local library so I had to purchase the others… and ended up accidentally reading them out of order (I read the third one first and the first one third). It didn’t really affect my overall opinion too much, but more of a funny little story which obviously wouldn’t have happened if I was actually reading THE ASSASSIN’S BLADE. Oh well!

THE ASSASSIN AND THE PIRATE LORD is the first novella of the bunch (and the one I ended up reading third. Oops) and I’m actually kind of glad I ended up reading it out of order. I really loved all of the novellas but I think this one was my least favorite. Since I read the third one first, I already knew essentially what happened here and it wasn’t that it was anticlimactic but more so that I had already seen a more mature Celaena — even two novellas later — so I grew a bit impatient with her at times. It wasn’t a huge deal for me, but I did notice it a bit.
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