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The Assassin and the Desert (Throne of Glass 0.3)

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The Silent Assassins of the Red Desert aren’t much for conversation, and Celaena Sardothien wouldn’t have it any other way. She’s not there to chatter, she’s there to hone her craft as the world’s most feared killer for hire. When the quiet is shattered by forces who want to destroy the Silent Assassins, Celaena must find a way to stop them, or she’ll be lucky to leave the ...more
Kindle Edition, 103 pages
Published March 30th 2012 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens
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Pearl Angeli
Sep 19, 2015 Pearl Angeli rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015-reads
Out of all the novellas of The Assassin’s Blade that I’ve read so far, this third novella is the best one. It’s action-packed and full of bad-assery! Celaena never fails to really impress me with the way she deals with her situations. After being punished by her master Arrobyn, she was instructed to travel to the Deserted Lands to train with the master of the Silent Assassins. There, she met people who became her friends, including the girl assassin Ansel who had a very painful and cruel childho ...more
Oct 06, 2012 Nikita rated it it was amazing
Shelves: novella
OH MY FREAKIN GOOOOOOOOOD!!!! Celaena Sardothien, you just kicked Katniss Everdeen from her throne as my favorite kickass YA protagonist! This novella is just - AWESOME!!! And geez, its just a novella! What more with the book! I don't think I'll love Celaena more than I already do! But helll, I REALLY miss Sam here. I wish to see more of him with the succeeding novellas! I CAN'T WAIT ANY LONGER!!! Oh God, let it be May 1 when I wake up tomorrow so that I can read the 3rd novella! (kiddin') hihi. ...more
Jan 28, 2016 Chantal rated it it was amazing
Mar 20, 2016 Suzan rated it it was amazing
I can't begin to describe howmuch I loved this book. The plot is wonderfully complicated with mixed feelings. l liked Ansel and was really sad but not surprised by what has become of her. But my favorite is the mute master, I just love him :D
Oct 19, 2015 Kaya rated it it was ok
I wonder what exactly was I supposed to learn about Celaena from this unnecessary novella, when it only made me feel even less fond of her. Overall, nothing even slightly important happens, not for the series and definitely not for our "beloved" protagonist.

Celaena is being sent to the desert to train with The Silent Assassins in order to be taught about obedience and discipline. She hopes she'll be able to catch the attention of the Mute Master, whose letter of approval she must obtain in only
Mar 08, 2016 Veronica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-books
Questa novella mi è piaciuta tantissimo!
Sarah J. Maas sei un genio.
AMO il personaggio di Celaena.
AMO le atmosfere in cui si svolge la storia.
Penso che questa saga sarà un crescendo di emozioni *.*
Grace (LovingDemBooks)
Feb 26, 2015 Grace (LovingDemBooks) rated it really liked it
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4 of 5 stars (Please read my rating system further below). ANSEL. HOW DARE SHE.

My rating system: (I do use half stars.)
5 - I do not use the 5 star. Not because a book might not be worthy, but because a book is never perfect.
4 - I loved it! There weren't too many flaws, and I had no trouble getting through it. (A 4 star rating is the highest rating I've ever given a book.)
3 - I enjoyed the book,
Dec 07, 2014 Laura rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, novella, 2014
Words cannot express how much I love the cruel, beautiful world Sarah Maas created. This story was full of so much beauty and pain, hope and regret, peacefulness and rage, I was basically glued to the pages and couldn't stop reading.
I'm eager and scared at the same time to continue reading these novellas. It'll mean more Celaena and Sam, but at the same time I know everything is going downhill from now on.
Hmm, that certainly end well.

This novella promised to give you:

1. A kickass assassin
2. A great adventure
3. A cute guy
4. Another cute guy but is found on the other continent
5. Another cute guy (uh actually Celaena doesn't know about him yet.)
6. A pretty double-faced friend
7. A weird guy who makes you copy an asp's movement

Yup. That's pretty much it and more.
Carolina Carriço
Apr 04, 2016 Carolina Carriço rated it really liked it
Shelves: short-stories
I really can't understand how people can endure such things. I'd die under one of these trainings. Just reading about them makes me tired. But oh well. I really enjoyed this story and again I can see The Silent Assassins and/or Ansel showing up in the future. And I finally saw where the Spidersilk came from and how Celaena knew how to kill a Ironteeth.
May 12, 2015 Rachel rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015reads
IT'S OFFICIAL, I WANT TO TRAIN IN THE RED DESERT WITH THE MASTER. It's my life calling, I feel it. Basically I just thought that this novella was totally badass, and I enjoyed it so much :D
Mar 30, 2012 Susan rated it it was amazing
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 epi
Actual rating: 4.5/5 silent stars
This is by far my most favorite one among all the 5 novellas! I love Celaena's journey to Red Desert, even if she was there for punishment. Those Silent Assassins were totally unprecedented newbies to me and their vow of silence was impressive. As for her training with The Master of the Silent Assassins, it was another incredible and surprisingly new technique. Lastly, I really love the ending of this story. She once again proved her qualification and her skill
Sabrina Bay
Jan 10, 2016 Sabrina Bay rated it it was amazing
Wow! That was the best novella that I've read so far! It was so good to see Celaena let go and learn to face her fears and accept herself. I loved the master! I would like to have a few classes with him too! I hope one day she returns to this place. It was so peaceful and quiet. I want to go with her! Haha, if only that was possible. ...more
Jul 27, 2015 Sara rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars.
I liked this novella very much. I liked the characters and the plot was entertaining. The few YA elements didn't bother me (Celaena has been arrogant only sometimes, for example).
The more I read of Celaena, the more I can't wait to read The Throne of Glass.
Rosemarie Short
Jan 27, 2016 Rosemarie Short rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
I felt like this was a much better novella than The Assassin and the Pirate Lord - the first of this pre-Throne of Glass novella series by Sarah J Maas. For one, the story was far more interesting. A group of spiritual, silent assassins who live in the middle of a punishingly hot red desert? Hell yes.

Characters were also more interesting here - The Master in particular intruiged me. The only thing I'd swap was the generic love interest - I can see why Maas couldn't fit Sam in here, but I felt a
A táto novela sa mi páčila zatiaľ najviac. Možno ju niektorý skritizujú, že má pomalší rozbeh, ale zasa strašne veľa odhalila o Celaene, o tom, aký je vlastne človek a čo je pre ňu dôležité a tak... To že som ju prečítal jedným dychom asi nemusím pripomínať.
Christina (Christina's Book Corner)
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Jean Pearl
Apr 01, 2012 Jean Pearl rated it it was amazing
I can't still get over The Assassin and the Desert! I can't stop mentally fawning over it, like OMG!! New world and characters were introduced, and I found myself hooked and in love with every bit that made up this novella. Celaena Sardothien is one that I'm personally wishing to become - strong, beautiful but deadly, sarcastic, witty, apathetic to some degree, smart, prideful (haha!), and a little vain concerning her face (a big LOL!). That was a shocker to me! And she finds it utterly difficul ...more
Anna (Enchanted by YA)
Mar 31, 2015 Anna (Enchanted by YA) rated it it was amazing
I loved getting a better insight of the world in this story along with the other assassins guild. The Silent Master was a great edition and made me think about Arobynn… I don’t trust him as far as I could throw him, after all he didn’t become King of the Assassins for nothing.

Posted on: as part of my full review for Assassin's Blade
Desde que en ToG mencionaron el desierto rojo me moría por leer este libro. No estuvo mal, fue bastante corto y fácil de leer y a algunos personajes me gustaría leer mas adelante espero que a Sarah se les ocurra hacerlos aparecer algún día. Me gusto la fortaleza de los asesinos silenciosos, estuvo muy interesante todo el tema quería leer mas de Sam pero no sale :( y los pocos personajes que hay son interesantes sobretodo el maestro mudo y su hijo y Ansel, que a pesar de ser una perra desgraciada ...more
Mar 03, 2015 Noella rated it really liked it
Shelves: mar15-the-chaser
In The Assassin and the Desert Celaena seeks a letter of recommendation from the Master of Silent Assassins. She's tasked by Arobynn to gain this letter within one month or else face death. I liked how we delved into the relationships formed by Celaena and the lessons during her time in the Red Desert. This novella was a tale of trust and betrayal and the discovery of love (view spoiler)! I enjoyed the story and was impress ...more
Hamna ftm.
Sep 12, 2015 Hamna ftm. rated it liked it
okay nice, some tog books are just so??nice??im just??is this the same author??i love celeana so much,, and the plot with ansel was so omg??im tired??and i love illias and the master??and celeana is free of arobynn??yes mom
Jun 27, 2012 Heidi rated it liked it
2.5 Stars

Originally reviewed here.

“If you can learn to endure pain, you can survive anything. Some people learn to embrace it–to love it. Some endure it through drowning it in sorrow, or by making themselves forget. Others turn it into anger…”

I had thought that by the end of The Assassin and the Pirate Lord I had come to terms with Celaena Sardothien, but I realize now that I had not, and probably will not. This girl and I? We aren’t ever going to be best friends, or even drinking buddies. If th
Robin (Bridge Four)
4.5 Stars

Celaena went against Arobyn’s orders with the Pirate King and now she must pay a price. First she paid with flesh and now he has sent her to train with the Master of the Silent Assassin Master residing in the desert to learn how to obey orders. Celaena has a month to prove herself to him and receive a letter to take back to Arobyn or else she can never return.

Celaena wasn’t sure what to expect with the Silent Assassins. It is different from anything she has ever known. While Arobyn is h
Elisabeth Wheatley
Even though this book was on my "currently-reading" shelf for about two days, it only took me about two and a half hours to read it once I sat down and read it. I really liked this book. I thought that Celaena had more of a vulnerability about her than she did in the first novella and I appreciated that. I now cannot wait to read the next book and find out what happened to (view spoiler). If it turns out that he gets bumped off I will be so outraged...

But enough about the rom
Nov 28, 2014 Brooke rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle-reads
Seriously!!!! Another great one! I really loved the setting in this one and also the characters! Could this author get any better?!
Apr 21, 2015 Tarryn rated it really liked it
This is the first of the novellas that I really got into. The descriptions, the actions, everything was sooo interesting (and good to have read prior to reading Crown of Midnight. The insights of this story really helped hold the pieces of the second novel together). It was good to see where her hesitancy to have female friends came from, to learn about the Ironteeth witches, the asterion horses, etc. Plus, Celaena's thoughts straying to Sam and realizing how protective he had tried to be of her ...more
Kelli Spear
Apr 21, 2015 Kelli Spear rated it it was amazing
After reading the second novella, I thought perhaps the good stories had been drained and these final three would be dull. Thankfully, this visit to the Silent Assassins and the tale told put the story back on track.

I didn't quite know how to read Ansel at first. She was the polar opposite of what we know about Celaena. She was perky, friendly, and annoyingly positive. Her past sounded just as tragic as the assassin's, so bonding was sure to ensue.

Ilias was the Silent Master's son and oh. Em.
Aug 17, 2015 Karina rated it it was amazing
"If you can learn to endure pain, you can survive anything." Celaena absorbed his words, but set them aside for consideration at a later time.

I love this one! I feel like the master helps prepare her for what's to come without her even realizing. I absolutely love how he told her she'd always find home with them.

this re-reading has turned out to be so much fun and it's making me so excited even though i already know what happens. ha ha.
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Sarah J. Maas is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Throne of Glass series (Queen of Shadows, Book 4, will be out in September 2015), as well as the A Court of Thorns and Roses series (out 5/5/15).

Sarah lives in Bucks County, PA, and over the years, she has developed an unhealthy appreciation for Disney movies and bad pop music. She adores fairy tales and ballet, drinks too
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Other Books in the Series

Throne of Glass (6 books)
  • Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass, #1)
  • Crown of Midnight (Throne of Glass, #2)
  • Heir of Fire (Throne of Glass, #3)
  • Queen of Shadows (Throne of Glass, #4)
  • Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass, #5)
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“If you can learn to endure pain, you can survive anything. Some people learn to embrace it—to love it. Some endure it through drowning it in sorrow, or by making themselves forget. Others turn it into anger. But Ansel let her pain become hate, and let it consume her until she became something else entirely—a person I don’t think she ever wished to be” 65 likes
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