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The Assassin and the Desert by Sarah J. Maas
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Jun 29, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: ya-fantasy-sci-fi
Read in June, 2012

This is the second prequel novella (of four) to Throne of Glass. Each novella gives us an episode from Celaena Sardothien's past before the events of Throne of Glass, and this one focuses on Celaena's quest, at her master's insistence, to be accepted and trained by the desert-dwelling group known as the silent assassins.

The big theme here is loyalty, explored from different angles through the plot. Her character is also developed further in this novella, with her arrogance naturally giving way to a little less certainty and even a hint of fear. This is only natural as she is alone in an unfamiliar place and made vulnerable by her need to gain the Mute Master's approval.

Again, I enjoyed getting lost in this addition to the Throne of Glass world, and would absolutely recommend it.

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