The Assassin and the Desert by Sarah J. Maas (Throne of Glass 0.2)
The Assassin and the Desert was, perhaps, even better than the first e-novella by Sarah Maas. It follows the feisty heroine, Celaena Sardothin, as she endures her punishment for freeing slaves in book one (costing her master a lot of money). Let me say that I am glad she was punished. There’s nothing fun about seeing a character get away with everything--and believe me, Celaena suffers a great deal of humiliation in this book. In fact, she learns a thing or two about humility. It makes her even more endearing to me, and my heart breaks when I know that, by novella 4, this assassin will be captured and forced to work in the Salt Mines.
Let me also say that the world building is TOP NOTCH. It doesn't get better than this. Sarah Maas has a way of creating a world without "dumping" information on the reader. The spidersilk, the Red Desert, and Xandria are all smaller pieces of a bigger and more intriguing world. You certainly don’t want to miss this! I really, REALLY hope that Sam is in “Underworld”, though (the third novella). He was sorely missed. I wasn't too upset, though, because Sarah managed to create another super awesome character: Ansel. She’s such a cool gal, obviously troubled by her past. But she felt so REAL, and she really grew on me (just as she grew on Celaena).
May I have more, Sarah? Please?
RATING: FIVE SLICES