On a remote island in a tropical sea, Celaena Sardothien, feared assassin, has come for retribution. She’s been sent by the Assassin’s Guild to collect on a debt they are owed by the Lord of the Pirates. But when Celaena learns that the agreed payment is not in money, but in slaves, her mission suddenly changes—and she will risk everything to right the wrong she’s been sent to bring about.
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 desert alive.
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 misson 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.
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Series: Throned of Glass 0.1 – 0.2 & 0.3
Source: Personal Shelf
Reviewed by: Tynga
I’ve heard of Throne of Glass described as a YA version of Game of Thrones and I got instantly curious. I requested the book on NetGalley, but I was declined because I am Canadian so I jumped on the next best thing until the release: the novellas! Each story is only 99 cents on Amazon and it’s well worth your money. Too often, short stories don’t really bring anything to the table, but these stories were amazing and highly exciting!
In The Assassin and the Pirate Lord, we get to meet Celaena a super pretty and extremely cocky sixteen years old assassin, on a mission for her master, along with Sam, another assassin she grew up with. Both teenagers thought they were going to the pirate lord to settle a business with him, after some assassins were presumably killed by pirates, but both youth are in for a surprise.
I really enjoyed this story because even though the novella is only 69 pages long, it was enough to fall in love with both main characters. They also showed a bit of growth and their opinion of each other evolved enough to make a difference. The story and its ending were also heart-poundingly exciting!
After such a great story, I had to pick the second one, The Assassin and the Desert, right away! In this story, Celaena is punished for her actions of the first story and sent to the desert heat. She is suppose to gain the approval of the Silent Master, or not come back. But how to you earn the approval of a master who doesn't want to train you? Celaena will have to draw his attention but it won’t be easy.
My favourite aspect of this second instalment is the dramatic growth Celaena showed us. She used to be a cocky, snob, spoiled girl but the desert heat is hard and did wonders to her personality. Nothing brings you back to reality like a 6 miles run under the desert sun. She was also away from Sam, and this time of loneliness allowed her to think about her relationship with him. The ending was once again breathtaking!
The third story, The Assassin and the Underworld, was just as engrossing. Celeana is back with her master in this story and she has to decide where her allegiances stands. Can she forgive him for what he did? How does she really feel about Sam now that she’s back in his presence? All the while working on an assassinating mission.
This novella was my favourite of the three for three reasons. First, we finally get to see her assassin talents at works. Second, the plot is much thicker and not everything is what it seems. And last but not least, there is some romance involved and I really like how it played out. It really surprised me and I honestly can’t wait for the fourth and last novella to see how the whole thing will unfold!
Overall, Sarah J Maas did an amazing job with these novellas and it got me pumped for the actual book! If you are wondering if this book is for you, I strongly suggest you purchase the first novella and I’m sure it will convince you :) Action-packed & surprising, those epic stories will transport you to a whole new exciting world!