- 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
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #50,794 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
The Assassin and the Desert: A Throne of Glass Novella (Throne of Glass series Book 1) Kindle Edition
|Length: 416 pages||Word Wise: Enabled||Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled|
|Page Flip: Enabled||Age Level: 12 and up||Grade Level: 9 - 12|
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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.Read more ›
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.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
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. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Little-Book-Wyrm
This was a pretty decent read... It's mainly a story about friendship. However, it was one directional meaning that there was not really any interesting sub-plots to the story. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Alovera
Oh, my FEELS. They hurrrrrrt *sobs*
So what does is say about me that this is my favorite of the group? Hmm . . . Read more
So good. I can't put any book from Sarah J Maas down. My husband has to take them away from me. I recommend to everyone.Published 12 months ago by Kristy Payne
Have really enjoyed this series, can't wait for the next book!Published 12 months ago by S. K. Hamilton
I really enjoyed this prequel. It functions to move Celaena along the path to maturity and - maybe - a little bit of a temperance of her selfishness and smugness. Read morePublished 13 months ago by MichelleMcR
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