The Assassin and the Underworld by Sarah J. Maas
Release: May 1, 2012
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.
WARNING: Possible spoilers for The Assassin and the Desert and The Assassin and the Underworld. Read with caution.
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First, let's talk about Arobyn. Is it possible to hate a character and find him fascinating at the same time? After Celaena and Ansel, he is probably my next favorite character. But for very different reasons. I can only hope that Sarah will reveal more of his history in last novella or in Throne of Glass.
And Sam. Oh, Sam. There is tension (as there should be) when they are reunited in the beginning. Celaena clearly struggles with letting anyone, even a man she loves, get close. She is confused, in denial, and unsure of her blossoming feelings. And it doesn't help that one of the few people she let get close betrayed her in The Assassin and the Desert.
My favorite thing about this novella, though, is that we see Celaena "in action". The Assassin and the Underworld focuses on Celaena's mission to destroy incriminating documents that could worsen the slavery situation and the people responsible for it. And she is just as cunning as ever. Also, the ending felt a little predictable, but I think Sarah makes up for that with FANTASTIC writing and world building that is spot-on. I don't know how Sarah manages to create a world so visually stunning in such a short read, but she has. It's a testament to the fact that the little details count. The fourth novella promises to be a very heart-wrenching and exciting read. I can't wait! As of now, it's set to release sometime in July.
So, if you haven't read the novellas yet, WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR? Go to Amazon, Kobo, or Barnes and Noble and download now. They are only 0.99 cents. What do you have to lose? And, JUST IN CASE you haven't seen it yet, check out the Throne of Glass book trailer that was released last week:
Isn't it just FABULOUS? The music is jaw-dropping amazing and the way the glass shatters and forms to make words is genius!