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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 theThe 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....

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The Assassin and the Desert Reviews

  • Mikee Andrea (ReadWithMikee)
    2019-01-24 06:13

    Hands down, my favorite novella thus far! I'm speechless as to how much I actually loved this story. It reminded me a lot of Nevernight, and although it made the story very predictable because of how similar both stories were, I didn't mind it one bit.I actually loved Celaena in this. This is the Celaena I love! This is the Celaena I wish Aelin could be. She wasn't overly arrogant. She wasn't annoyingly cocky. In fact, I found her to be actually humble in this novella, and very likable.The characters that were introduced in this novella were amazing. I loved every single one of them! And let me just say that Ilias is such a babe. If Celaena doesn't want him, I'll gladly take him off her hands and welcome him my way!I really loved this novella and I have a feeling this will be my favorite one in this bindup!

  • P
    2019-02-02 08:28

    “Words could be just as deadly as steel.” The Assassin and the Desert sounded like a great story with a big twist at first, and then the pace was slow down that I almost lost my interest. Celaena Sardothien comes to the desert and must receive the approval letter before she is back to Arobynn. She meets a girl named Ansel and these two become friends very quick among the fact that Celaene herself is very cautious and doesn't trust anyone easily. All in all, the ending leads to the new adventure for her. Being free and starting a new life are not cushy for a girl like Celaena Sardothien.“If you can learn to endure pain, you can survive anything.”

  • Pearl Angeli
    2019-01-30 02:30

    Out of all the novellas of The Assassin’s Blade that I’ve read so far, this third novella is the best one. It’s action-packed and full of bad-assery! Celaena never fails to really impress me with the way she deals with her situations. After being punished by her master Arrobyn, she was instructed to travel to the Deserted Lands to train with the master of the Silent Assassins. There, she met people who became her friends, including the girl assassin Ansel who had a very painful and cruel childhood.The thing that I love most about The Assassin and the Desert is that it does not only have action scenes that will thrill you. It’s also meaningful. I love Celeana’s relationship with the master of the Silent Assassin. It tugged my heart in ways I did not expect. The way he taught her about life was so touching.“If you can learn to endure pain, you can survive it.” This novella made me smile and tearful. It’s something that I will not forget in this series. Plus, the setting was wonderfully described, painting captivating images of The Deserted Land. I think this is the best that I have read in the series so far, to be honest. What a journey!Rating: 5 Stars

  • Deborah Obida
    2019-01-31 02:09

    “If you can learn to endure pain, you can survive anything."For a short story this book blew my mind, I did not see that ending coming, damn! TOG is one of my favourite series and its gets better with each book, same thing with the novellas. The writing and world building is impeccable, the plot is amazing and the characters are cool and not one dimensional. I really wished I read this before the series because it could have really helped me understand lots of stuffs that Celaena talked about in the other books. Never would I have thought that this is how she and Ansel met the red hair girl that came to help Aelin fight Maeve with soldiers in EOSThis happened after The Assassin and the Healer, it focuses mainly on her training with the silent assassins and friendship with Ansel. The silent assassins had a problem with the Lord of the town, but it was bigger than she anticipated (view spoiler)[Ansel betrayed the assassins to the Lord, because he promised to give her a 1000 men to help avenge her father that was killed in her homeland. Celaena found out after they fought he let her go that was why she helped her in EOS when she called in her debt. (hide spoiler)]I'm so dreading reading the last two novellas because I already know how it'll end, I just wish I can do selective forgetting, so I can forget what happened to Celaena and Sam

  • Isa Cantos (Crónicas de una Merodeadora)
    2019-02-07 05:16

    "The Lord of the North"."Why does he get a fancy title?""Because the stag remains constant—no matter the season, he's always there"."Why?""So the people of Terrasen will always know how to find their way home. So they can look up at the sky, no matter where they are, and know Terrasen is forever with them".¡Este es uno de los mejores relatos del libro! La intriga, los viajes, los acertijos, el entrenamiento, las traiciones... The Assassin and the Desert lo tiene todo. Aquí, Celaena va a tener que llegar a la guarida de los Asesinos Silenciosos, después de atravesar todo el Desierto Rojo, y convencer al gran Maestro de que la entrene durante un mes. Y no sólo eso, sino que también tendrá que lograr que el Maestro le escriba una carta de aprobación para que Arobynn perdone sus insolencias y la deje volver a Rifthold. Pronto, Celaena se da cuenta de que su misión no será nada fácil, pues un gran traición pende sobre la Fortaleza Silenciosa.En este relato nos encontramos con una faceta de Celaena que no conocíamos: la de alguien acostumbrada a ser la mejor y a sobresalir en todo pero que, de repente, se topa con personas y entrenamientos que rivalizan con sus habilidades y que, incluso, la superan. En la Fortaleza Silenciosa, Celaena aprende a ser un poco más humilde y a valorar las técnicas milenarias que les han dado su reputación a los Asesinos Silenciosos. Además, y paralelo a su entrenamiento, Celaena conocerá a Ansel, una chica letal que pronto se convertirá en algo parecido a su amiga... pero a qué precio. Me fascinó el ritmo que llevaba esta historia. Sarah J. Maas nos presenta un mundo alejado de Rifthold, del Gremio de los Asesinos y de la gran reputación de Celaena como la Asesina de Adarlan. El Desierto Rojo es un mundo completamente distinto, al igual que las alianzas, relaciones y traiciones políticas que se fraguan allí. Me gustó muchísimo conocer, finalmente, la épica historia del robo de los caballos Asterion al Lord de Xandria, que se menciona brevemente en Crown of Midnight. Ver cómo, poco a poco, pequeños detalles de estos relatos encajan en la gran historia de los libros principales es buenísimo. Ahora, cuando lean este relato, prepárense para los giros y las puñaladas por la espalda que incluye Sarah en esta historia porque, realmente, los van a dejar sin aire y sin ganas de confiar en absolutamente nadie a lo largo de su vida.

  • Fables&Wren
    2019-02-09 06:21

    WrensReads Review: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's Blade. And because I love Sarah J. Maas's story telling and her writing, I am going to go ahead and read these beauties.So, with that said, I am going to read and rate these so I can finally be completely caught up on The Throne of Glass Series: Throne of Glass, Crown of Midnight, Heir of Fire, Queen of Shadows, Empire of Storms, and Tower of Dawn.The Assassin and the Desert (Throne of Glass, #0.3)So this novella is also one that needs to be read before you read Empire of Storms, because it sheds a lot of light on certain characters that are going to be introduced.Celaena and her actions from previous novella The Assassin and the Pirate Lord have gotten her sent to The Red Desert with The Silent Assassins. She has to come back with a letter of approval basically from the Master of the Silent Assassins after training with him, only getting him to train you is actually super hard. ENTER ANSEL:She meets Ansel, who is the lady introduced in Empire of Storms. She is basically Celaena in my opinion. They are both really proud of themselves and know they are hot stuff. They become really close friends in the month that Celaena is there. They even commit some crimes together, which is what true friendship is.But there is someone who wants The Master of the Silent Assassins' head on a platter for them, and there is someone in the keep ready to take it in order to get what they want.I liked this novella enough. I felt as if there were some filler paragraphs and I found myself yawning at some points, but it is a very needed novella if we are going to talk more about The Red Desert, The Silent Assassins, Ansel and even about the witches (because we get to learn more about them in this book too). I want to feel spider-silk. That's all. WrensReads | Goodreads | Twitter | Instagram

  • Alana • thebookishchick
    2019-01-21 04:02

    Celaena realizing that Sam was screaming "I'll kill you" to Arobynn while he beat her slayed me. Too many feels because I know eventually where this leads to and I'm not ready.

  • Ky
    2019-01-23 01:14

    Oh, my goddess! How does Sarah do it, one after one?I mean, these novellas are amazing! I can't stop repeating that Sarah J. Maas always surprise me. I mean, honestly, When I read a book, I tend to understand the plot and it's not a surprise the plot twist because I see it coming. But with SJM's books, I'm always surprised and I think that's why I enjoy so much her books.I really like Celaena. She's so complex and I really admire how Sarah keeps giving us a lot of complex characters.I finally have a proper flashback for the moment that Arobynn beaten up Celaena. And OMG you guys, I totally ship Sam and Celaena, and I know that she don't end up with him -Thanks, Diana XD- but right now I'm totally fine with him and that's probably because I haven't see him a lot.So, yeah Sarah J. Maas, you did it again, you have me shipping this guy.I mean, Sam shouted Arobynn that he was going to kill him. And good lord, I don't have words because he had to see how Celaena was beaten up by Arobynn.And here I was, thinking that Arobynn was good with Celaena. And when the plot twist happened I WAS SHOCK!! I MEAN, SARAH KEEPS DOING THIS!! SURPRISING ME, EVERY FREAKING TIME!! That woman is so talented.So, in summary, I really like these novellas. Till the moment, this one is my favorite.

  • Nikita
    2019-02-09 02:17

    OH MY FREAKIN GOOOOOOOOOD!!!! Celaena Sardothien, you just kicked Katniss Everdeen from her throne as my favorite kickass YA protagonist! This novella is just - AWESOME!!! And geez, its just a novella! What more with the book! I don't think I'll love Celaena more than I already do! But helll, I REALLY miss Sam here. I wish to see more of him with the succeeding novellas! I CAN'T WAIT ANY LONGER!!! Oh God, let it be May 1 when I wake up tomorrow so that I can read the 3rd novella! (kiddin') hihi. :)))

  • Chantal
    2019-02-09 03:20


  • Kaya
    2019-01-25 06:15

    I wonder what exactly was I supposed to learn about Celaena from this unnecessary novella, when it only made me feel even less fond of her. Overall, nothing even slightly important happens, not for the series, and definitely not for our "beloved" protagonist. She shows off her complex of a higher value anywhere she goes, which is not particularly likeable.Celaena is being sent to the desert to train with The Silent Assassins in order to be taught about obedience and discipline. She hopes she'll be able to catch the attention of the Mute Master, whose letter of approval she must obtain in only one month. Despite the fact her roommate Ansel has been living there for five years and has received no private lessons whatsoever, Celaena, being as childish and insufferable as ever, throws little snarky comments how she should be getting more special attention, because she's such a BIG BAD ASSASSIN. I've read FIVE books about her and I still don't see even a tiny notion about her actual skills. There is only telling and no showing and it's making me nauseous.The writing style is as simple as ever. It doesn't necessarily mean it's bad, but it lacks some lyrical or rather poetical elements, humour and generally some witty dialogues. Or maybe I'm just used to more developed characters and stories. The overall impression is simply... lazy, like Maas wrote it in two hours.It seems almost impossible that I adored Celaena in Throne of Glass, since she represents all the boring clichés of YA heroine. Again, she shows all shades of vanity, egoism and arrogance. In addition, her reactions don't really show us the world class assassin, only a 17 year old attention whore. Probably the best quote in the whole series so far is Ansel's "You’re just a spoiled, selfish bitch.”

  • _racheljane_
    2019-02-06 02:21

    I really enjoyed the characters in this novella. It was refreshing to have a fresh set of characters to learn about. I loved Ansel and the dynamic she plays with Celaena. It’s interesting to see the difference in the two assassins’ and learn about how Ansel grew up. I also loved the Mute Master. He is kinder than Arrobyn Hamel and treats his assassins better than Arrobyn ever would. I liked that the Silent Assassins were more of a brotherhood and worked together.The change of setting was refreshing also. Instead of being in a town Celaena finds herself in the middle of the Red Desert with no one else but the Silent Assassins around for miles. I feel that the remote setting gives Celaena a chance to think for a while and better her skills.

  • Samhita Peechara {Multi Dreamer}⚔
    2019-01-25 06:06

    These novellas just keep on getting better and better and I'm so glad I continued reading them...4.5⭐ for this one. Assassin and the pirate lord:⭐⭐⭐ Assassin and the healer:⭐⭐⭐⭐Assassin and the desert:⭐⭐⭐⭐

  • Melanie
    2019-02-01 05:27

    #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 ★★This novella follows Celaena on her punishment mission with the Silent Assassins. I really liked this story, and it actually is pretty thought provoking on the subject of abuse. Even though we are watching Celaena try to get a letter of recommendation for the Mute Master, we also get to see her inner struggle dealing with her own abusive master. Celaena is now seventeen and realizing all the abusive things that have happened in her life are not normal or okay. Celaena also befriends a young girl named Ansel, and I absolutely devoured her story-arc. Ansel is another character that I pray we get to see in this series eventually. Because of Ansel's story-line we get to see an Ironteeth witch and spider silk, both of which play a huge role in the newer installments of this series!Blog | Twitter | Tumblr | Instagram | Youtube | Twitch

  • Veronica
    2019-02-10 03:19

    4.5Questa novella mi è piaciuta tantissimo! Sarah J. Maas sei un genio. AMO il personaggio di Celaena. AMO le atmosfere in cui si svolge la storia. Penso che questa saga sarà un crescendo di emozioni *.*

  • Timea
    2019-02-18 02:10

    Veľmi sa mi páčia tieto novely. Zatiaľ táto bola najlepšia :)

  • Leah Bosward
    2019-02-19 00:12

    Great origin story of how Aelin met Ansel. Recommend it for anyone about to read Empire of Storms!I really love the southern twang that Ansel has in the audiobook :D

  • Natalia
    2019-02-06 04:17

    This novellas are so much fun. Unfortunately this was probably my least favorite. It was long, but there were some parts which I found a bit boring. I liked that we got to see a bit from what happened after the first one. I really liked the end, he made a sweet gesture and that would really help her. Here Celaena was a bit different, in the previous ones she was a lot more confident and sarcastic.

  • Suzanne
    2019-01-20 03:29

    I love these novellas!

  • Stephie
    2019-02-15 03:19

    En esta historia nos encontramos con cómo madura un poco la asesina y entendemos el porque desconfía de tanta gente. Amé completamente está historia.

  • Susan
    2019-01-29 01:27

    In The Assassin and the Pirate Lord, we got to see the young, headstrong Celaena take on a entire port of pirates to defend what she believed in. It was swashbuckling adventure followed by edge-of-the-seat thrills, all wrapped up in clever dialogue and typical Celaena finesse.And now, in The Assassin and the Desert, we get to enter into a new type of story. This novella has more mystery, more friendships (and enmities), and more character growth. But don't worry--there's still a whole lot of epic fighting. And super epic world-building. We get to see the dunes of the desert, the ranks of the Silent Assassins, the bustling city of Xandria, and so much more. There are scenes from this novella that gave me chills--and also gave me serious cases of writer's envy.Even if you don't care about lovely prose or topnotch plotting, you'll probably be interested to know this: the stories contained within these novellas add so much depth to the Throne of Glass series. Everyone who's ever read Throne of Glass adores it. Truly, there's a reason Sarah still has a bajillion loyal fans ten years after first staring the Fictionpress version of that novel, and that reason is that the story is sweeping and amazing...And I honestly believe that these novellas manage to make the novel even more sweeping and more amazing.So, if you like epic fantasy, sweeping desert worlds, or thrilling action, then you'll definitely want to pick up The Assassin and the Desert.

  • Angela
    2019-02-11 02:32

    This is my favorite so far of the novellas that I've read. But - and maybe this is just me - I feel a little set adrift in these prequels. I mean I know, logically, that they're leading to something, but I can't really see what exactly. And that's probably purposefully. Additionally, because of the assassin angle, I find myself not trusting anyone. It makes it a bit hard to form attachments to characters - other than Calaena that is. The side effect of that is that I'm forming a closer attachment to Calaena. These novellas are supposed to be tantalizing, making me want to know more.They're succeeding. I'm interested in the world - in the magic (that's apparently no longer there), in the people, and the intrigues, and these moments with characters that we're meeting along the way. I find myself hoping that we'll get to see some of them again in the future.

  • Laura
    2019-01-25 08:09

    Words cannot express how much I love the cruel, beautiful world Sarah Maas created. This story was full of so much beauty and pain, hope and regret, peacefulness and rage, I was basically glued to the pages and couldn't stop reading. I'm eager and scared at the same time to continue reading these novellas. It'll mean more Celaena and Sam, but at the same time I know everything is going downhill from now on.

  • Carolina Carriço
    2019-02-15 06:17

    I really can't understand how people can endure such things. I'd die under one of these trainings. Just reading about them makes me tired. But oh well. I really enjoyed this story and again I can see The Silent Assassins and/or Ansel showing up in the future. And I finally saw where the Spidersilk came from and how Celaena knew how to kill a Ironteeth.

  • Marga
    2019-02-14 06:28

    Hmm, that certainly end well.This novella promised to give you:1. A kickass assassin 2. A great adventure 3. A cute guy 4. Another cute guy but is found on the other continent 5. Another cute guy (uh actually Celaena doesn't know about him yet.)6. A pretty double-faced friend 7. A weird guy who makes you copy an asp's movementYup. That's pretty much it and more.

  • Grace (LovingDemBooks) Z.
    2019-02-17 03:04

    Buy this book HERE on Amazon or buy this book HERE on BookDepository with FREE WORLDWIDE SHIIPPING4 of 5 stars (Please read my rating system further below). ANSEL. HOW DARE SHE.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 rating is the highest rating I've ever given a book.)3 - I enjoyed the book, but there we're flaws that made me enjoy it less.2 - I finished the book, but there were too many flaws for me to enjoy it.1 - I could not finish the book, and I probably did not finish it....

  • Brooklyn Tayla
    2019-02-12 02:19

    I always found Ansel’s betrayal to be incredibly harsh, and it just really goes to show how anger and grief can push some people to such passionate hate. Even though I know Ansel appears in Empire of Storms, which I read last year, I honestly don’t know if I fully like her. She’s definitely a puzzle, but I hope she’s given some page time in the last ToG book next year, I would like to see her interact more with Aelin. This novella really shows us Celaena’s character development, I’ve found; it jumps back to her thinking about Sam, and how she can’t quite not picture him, and she hopes he’s okay, and she has his screaming cemented in her head when their master attacked Celaena. I know I’ve mentioned it before but I positively hate Arobynn. Hate him! I really like the concept of the mute masters, I found them gentle bit unnerving, and I like how we actually learnt about how one thinks in particular. There’s some scenes in here that I’ll never tire of, it honestly was so exciting when Celaena was riding the Aesterin horse, and her unwavering heart in terms of Ansel and Sam I just adored. All throughout this novella, Celaena remained determined, sassy and fierce.

  • Jasmine
    2019-02-08 00:10

    Actual rating: 4.5/5 silent starsThis is by far my most favorite one among all the 5 novellas! I love Celaena's journey to Red Desert, even if she was there for punishment. Those Silent Assassins were totally unprecedented newbies to me and their vow of silence was impressive. As for her training with The Master of the Silent Assassins, it was another incredible and surprisingly new technique. Lastly, I really love the ending of this story. She once again proved her qualification and her skills along with extreme courage after the "unexpected incident" in the assassins' fortress. All in all, I enjoy reading this book and much to my astonishment, she didn't show her usual temper, either. I think she at least learned her lesson during her last mission to the Skull's Bay.

  • Cassie-la
    2019-02-10 07:27

    ORIGINALLY POSTED: am halfway through the Throne of Glass novellas and I’m pretty sure I found the best story in the bunch! As punishment for her actions in the first short, Celaena Sardothien is sent to train with the Silent Assassins in a story that will definitely be important later on in the series. Full of twists, turns and future plot threads, do yourself a favor and read this prequel!

  • Lara (Bookishsolace)
    2019-01-22 05:16

    This novella has more mystery, more friendships (and enmities), and more character growth. But don't worry--there's still a whole lot of epic fighting. And super epic world-building. We get to see the dunes of the desert, the ranks of the Silent Assassins, the bustling city of Xandria, and so much more. I'm so glad that I decided to read this novellas, they just add so much depth to Throne of Glass, they manage to make the novel even more sweeping and more amazing.