What did I think? I think that "The Assassin and the Desert" was fantastic! It was a complete page turner right from the very beginning. The characters and the plot are so well crafted that I was guessing right until the very end. This second instalment details what happens to Celaena after the events of Skull Bay. Being sent into the desert is her punishment, however in true Celaena fashion she finds herself in the midst of another explosive situation. Loyalties and new friendships will be tested as Celaena comes into her own as an individual away from the world that she has known for so long.