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Monday, 2 April 2012

Review: The Assassin & The Desert - Sarah J. Maas

Author: Sarah J. Maas
Release Date: 30th March 2012
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Pages: Unknown
Source:  Bought (Kindle)

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.

Well, what can I say? Sarah J. Maas has done it again. If you thought this couldn't be possibly better than the first novella, you couldn't be more WRONG. This short novella has it all - action, suspense, loyalties, betrayal and a whole lot more!

It really amazes me how Sarah can create and develop this characters in such a short time. But seriously. I felt so much connection to Celaena, Ansel, Mikhail, the Silent Master and basically everyone!  Celaena was awesome as always - I love how she's so brave and selfless, yet she still has faults. Ansel was a character that I grew to love, and I won't spoil it for you guys, but the events near the end just broke my heart. I've never met a character that I love and hated at the same time. Now, excuse me while I go and beg Sarah to write Ansel's own story, I think she deserves one!

I have to admit that the beginning was a bit slow in my opinion, but once it gets to the action, boyyy this story had my pulse racing and the tension was so freaking high! It was very unpredictable, my jaw was literally open when it all came together. I couldn't believe it, I had to re-read a part just to actually make sure I read it right.

One of the things that distracted me was the narration. It was told in third person, but in Celaena's POV. Now, I'm sure you all know that I personally prefer first person narrative, just because I think it makes the reader empathize with the character more. But other than that, Sarah's writing was perfection and she just shot up right at the top with my list of favourite authors. 

I REALLY just can't wait for the THRONE OF GLASS to come out in August! If this is how good the novella is, how do you think the whole frigging book is gonna be? ANNDD, we would meet two new love interests *sigh* that from my interview with Sarah, will be so smexy and swoonworthy! (MAYBE SPOILERS: I really can't wait to find out what happened to Sam - I have a bad feeling he would either die, or something! Argh! I really liked him :(  

But anyway - guyyyss if you haven't read the first two novellas yet (The Assassin & the Pirate Lord, and The Assassin & the Desert), then PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE go buy them on Kindle (they're so unbelievably cheap!) and I promise you you won't regret it!! This has to be one of the best fantasy YA I've ever read - and you know how picky I am of fantasy! :) 


  1. Fantastic review!! This book looks awesome!

    Beth xxx

    1. Thank you, Beth! And yes, this series is awesome!

      Jana xxx

  2. I'm just now starting these first two novellas. Glad to hear you like them. :)


  3. I haven't heard of this series before, but I've been searching for some good-quality novellas to read since I haven't had a lot of time and I enjoy short, sweet, and to-the-point stories. It sounds like this is a great one and I think I should put it on my TBR! Great review!

    Nicole's Library

    1. (P.S. I'm now following you since you have a great blog and I see that you're on Team Will for the Infernal Devices!)

    2. Yay! Thank you! Go Team Will! :)


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