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The Assassin and the Underworld

(Throne of Glass #0.4)

4.37  ·  Rating details ·  27,027 ratings  ·  1,357 reviews
When the King of the Assassins gives Celaena Sardothien a special assignment that will help fight slavery in the kingdom, she jumps at the chance to strike a blow against an evil practice. The mission is a dark and deadly affair which takes Celaena from the rooftops of the city to the bottom of the sewer--and she doesn't like what she finds there.
Kindle Edition, 102 pages
Published May 1st 2012 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens
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Mar 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
“I love you,” he repeated, shaking her again. “I have for years . And he hurt you and made me watch because he’s always known how I felt, too. But if I asked you to pick, you’d choose Arobynn, and I. Can’t. Take. It.”
“You’re a damned idiot,” she breathed. “You’re a moron and an ass and a damned idiot.” He looked like she had hit him. But she went on, and grasped both sides of his face, “Because I’d pick you .”

Jul 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites such...a CUTIE!! I'm officially in love *swoon* B-but when I remember that he's not in Throne of Glass:

☘Misericordia☘ ~ The Serendipity Aegis ~  ⚡ϟ⚡ϟ⚡⛈ ✺❂❤❣
A sneak peek into the dysfunctional dynamics between Arobynn and Caelena.

Seconds passed, then minutes. Her plans for a grand speech with sweeping gestures faded into silence. (c)
Of all the people in the world, only Arobynn knew the absolute truth. (c)
She couldn’t tell what was worse: a quick beheading, or yielding to the king. (c)
The Mute Master had told her that people dealt with their pain in different ways—that some chose to drown it, some chose to love it, and some chose to let it tu
Sep 28, 2013 rated it did not like it
Confession time: for most of this novella, I couldn't remember why I hated this one so much more than all the others. There are sincere emotional moments, Celaena is by and large more bearable, mostly because this remains the only story where an anti-slavery viewpoint is actually woven into the character. The romance is ridiculous, but honestly at this point I handwave ridiculous romance in YA as long as it's not AWFUL romance. Plus, we get actual backstory on Celaena (which is actually sort of ...more
Feb 01, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
"How can I convince you to stay?"
"You can't."

This novella was so emotional I couldn't even think straight. I loved the vibes of this city and the sewerage systems were breathtaking that I turned the pages quickly to see how it ends. The Assassin and the Underworld would be the 4-star read for me if it was not for that predictable twist and ending. Sam, in this novella, is lovable. I saw a new side of him and liked it. The way he declared his love for Celaena is cute and undeniably touching.


“I love you," he repeated, shaking her again. "I have for years. And he hurt you and made me watch because he's always know how I felt, too. But if I asked you to pick, you'd choose Arobynn, and I. Can't. Take. It.”

This novella was really freaking good! The Assassin and the Underworld takes place where The Assassin and the Desert left off. I was hooked and just really enjoyed this read :) Arobynn gives Celaena a mission she can't refuse but... let's just say things do not go as planned
Pearl Angeli
Sep 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015-reads
I just can’t stop admiring Sarah J. Maas. The series of novella in The Assassin’s Blade keeps getting better and better. More action, more intrigue– The Assassin and the Underworld made me speechless! Sarah J. Maas made such a raw and powerful job in this novella.

I felt so many emotions while reading this. I felt sad, thrilled, excited, anxious, angry, swooning– everything. I’ve never felt these mixed emotions in a long while but in this novella, I experienced such a ride. I didn’t expect to hat
Apr 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
* I don't care if these are just novellas, these are just as great as the actual novels and if you at all felt any inkling of love towards the Throne of Glass series, then by Gods, what are you waiting for!? *

I've gone and done it guys. I've gone and done the stupidest thing of all things stupid. I've fallen for Sam.

I should know better, I really should....

Why did I fall in love with Sam's character when I know their story arc is doomed...


As a general rule, I don't usually give novell
Katherine Lomeli
Sep 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
He got her the sheet music 😫 These Novellas are undoing me. Now I understand the Sarah J. Mass stans 😏💗
Jul 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
4.5★ Amazing!!

He’d given her everything, but he’d also taken
everything away. She could no sooner sort out her feelings toward the King of
the Assassins than she could count the stars in the sky.

All I'd say is you never know who you can trust. You know someone for years and they'll betray you, and you'll make a new friend because he/she seems so nice and all, but they'll stab you in the back too.

Especially the life of an assassin. Trusting is risking which they cannot afford to do that much.
△⃒⃘Qamar Al Oqaily ⚯͛
I think this is my favorite one , Arobynn you little shit !!
Wren (fablesandwren)
Oct 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
Finally I am getting around to reading the adventures of my dear Celaena Sardothien. LOWKEY, I kind of love the assassin more than the queen, but that doesn't mean that I don't love the queen.

I wanted to read it before I read Empire of Storms BUT I kind of got distracted with other books that were coming out around the same time. I am not a huge fan of novellas, but I do know that some of the characters introduced in the last book were first introduced in some of these novellas in The Assassin'
Feb 09, 2019 added it
Knowing what happens in the final novella is almost enough to send me into cardiac arrest.

I want to pretend it won’t happen.

Especially as my ship has sailed and won’t make it far out of the harbour.

I want to be sane and emotionally stable when I finish this novella.

Especially as things ended so well for these two characters in the fourth one.

Can there be an alternative ending?


Pretty please?

I don’t want to go through that again.

*wipes premature tears away*

But I need to.

*deep breaths*

Here I
Dec 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shit shit shit. I hate Arobynn. I HATE him. He needs to die. Oh god, I hope Celaena gets to kill him in book 4. Please please pleaaase.

I don't think I can read the last story. I really don't want to go through that. I'm sure it'll be even worse than I expect it to be because.. god knows what horrible revenge Arobynn has planned for them. Ughhh.
Nov 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This novella was great. It's one of my favorite for sure.
I really love to see her history as an assassin. I love all the characters that I love from the other books again. Like Lysandra. In this novella I really don't like her or at least I don't know her. But still I love her.
I love Celaena and Sam, they are so cute. I know what happens with him in the end, but I can't help but love him.
#0.1) The Assassin and the Pirate Lord ★★★
#0.2) The Assassin and the Healer ★★
#0.3) The Assassin and the Desert ★★★★
#0.4) The Assassin and the Underworld ★★★★★
#0.5) The Assassin and the Empire ★★★
#1.) Throne of Glass ★★★
#2.) Crown of Midnight ★★★★
#3.) Heir of Fire ★★
#4.) Queen of Shadows ★★

Be still, my heart. This novella was everything I wanted from this bind-up and more! Celaena is finally back in Rifthold after her three month journey away. Celaena and Sam discover how much they missed each o
Jan 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
I can’t help but love the way that Arrobyn Hamel is written. Don’t get me wrong, I hate him just as much as everyone else who has read these novellas, But I absolutely love a good villain. He is so evil that he makes Celaena and Sam better characters. I love the romance we get to see blossoming between Celaena and Sam also. Sarah J. Maas wrote their characters beautifully and their romance matches.
Nov 15, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, ya
They'll never reach him.
He's so adorable and cute and lovely and...
Can't believe his destiny!!!!!

And Celaena, come on!! I liked you because one don't have to shout look behind you all the time!
I thought you were smarter than that, we all saw it coming.
Well, except for you.
Nov 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
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I'm glad Sam came back as a character, I was dying for more of him. I know there's so much more about to happen so I'm excited to read on.
Dayna Lysak
May 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Surbhi Das
Jan 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
“From today onward, I want to never be separated from you. Wherever you go, I go. Even if that means going to hell itself, wherever you are, that's where I want to be. Forever.”

I don’t think I can write a coherent review of this book. My heart is already breaking into a million pieces and I am not ready for what is going to happen in the next novella.

Celaena is back to Rifthold after training with the silent assassins of the Red Desert and is all set to pay her debts to Arobynn Hamel and le
Dana Al-Basha دانة الباشا
I seriously don't understand why they are called novellas? This book with the 5 connected story should just have been named a prequel, it's long, connected and not random. In any case, Celaena returns to her master Arobynn and Sam. One thing that keeps annoying me is that why did she agree to such a life. It's okay to learn to be strong with her past and many future enemies, but she is a princess, she had a life and parents before. It's like she has forgotten everything and immersed herself in t ...more
sam ☆
Sep 24, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: novella-read
3.5 maybe?
This one okay i guess but I have completely mixed feelings so I don't really know...We'll see how it goes with the other ones
Carolina Carriço
Jan 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: short-stories
Sam Cortland I'm not ready to say goodbye. Not now. It's too soon. Give me more. Please.
yes yes yes yes yes yes. I may be shipping this more than Dorian and Celaena. NO REGRETS
Feb 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Knowing what happens to Celaena, and what happens to Sam, it is getting increasingly harder for me to read on. I'm just getting more and more sad over what Arobynn does, and more and more sad that I like Sam so much.

This novella was very dramatic. The way that Arobynn attempts to make it up to Celaena, hearing about what had happened with Sam's punishment, and the betrayals and close calls with death...

Sam swore violently and began yanking on the grate cover again. "Come on," he whispered, m
"In the silence of her bedroom, she swore an oath to the moonlight that if Sam were hurt, no force in the world would her back from slaughtering everyone responsible."

I think this is the best novella so far. I still have to read the last one but this.. This made me love Sam a whole lot. I can't convey enough how much my heart hurts now..

"The moment I woke up after he beat me, I realized I have to leave. Because I was going to kill him if I didn't. But I couldn't." He studied her face. "
May 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2020
*panicked fangirl noises*
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4 of 5 stars (Please read my rating system further below). I AM NO LONGER TEAM DORIAN OR CHAOL. I AM TEAM SAM AND WILL ALWAYS BE. TOO BAD HE'S DEAD.

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 rati
Noura Khalid (theperksofbeingnoura)
“In the silence of her bedroom, she swore an oath to the moonlight that if Sam were hurt, no force in the world would hold her back from slaughtering everyone responsible.”

I don’t think I have ever loved Sam more than I loved him in this book. Such a sweetheart! The sewer scene had me screaming, even though I knew she survives (Obviously) but still it kept me on my toes. And I just keep hating Arobynn more and more each day. No matter what this guy does, I’ll always have a burning hatred for
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Sarah J. Maas is the #1 New York Times and internationally bestselling author of the Crescent City, A Court of Thorns and Roses, and the Throne of Glass series. Her books have sold more than twelve million copies and are published in thirty-seven languages. A New York native, Sarah lives in Philadelphia with her husband, son, and dog. To find out more, visit or follow @therealsjmaas ...more

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“What's your name?" he asked above the roar of the music.

She leaned close. "My name is Wind," she whispered. "And Rain. And Bone and Dust. My name is a snippet of a half-remembered song."

He chuckled a low, delightful sound. She was drunk and silly, and so full of the glory of being young and alive and in the capital of the world that she could hardly contain herself.

"I have no name," she purred. "I am whoever the keepers of my fate tell me to be."

He grasped her by her wrist, running a thumb along the sensitive sknin underneath. "Then let me call you Mine for a dance or two.”
“Please don't go."
He let out an uneven breath. "You'll be fine without me. You always have been."
Maybe once, but not now. "How can I convince you to stay?"
"You can't."
She threw down the torch. "Do you want me to beg, is that it?"
"Then tell me-"
"What more can I say?" he exploded, his whisper rough and harsh "I’ve already told you everything—I’ve already told you that if I stay here, if I have to live with Arobynn, I'll snap his damned neck.”
“But why? Why can’t you let it go?”
He grabbed her shoulders and shook her. “Because I love you!”
Her mouth fell open.
“I love you,” he repeated, shaking her again. “I have for years. And he hurt you and made me watch because he’s always known how I felt, too. But if I asked you to pick, you’d choose Arobynn, and I. Can’t. Take. It.”
The only sounds were their breathing, an uneven beat against the rushing of the sewer river.
“You’re a damned idiot,” she breathed, grabbing the front of his tunic. “You’re a moron and an ass and a damned idiot.” He looked like she had hit him. But she went on, and grasped both sides of his face, "Because I'd pick you."
And then she kissed him.”
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