Book #0.3 in the Throne of Glass series : Publish 3/30/12
I borrowed this book electronically from my library for the #ReadingMyLibrary Challenge, saving me $1.99.
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 I started these novellas, I thought gosh do I really want to read them. Then the second one got a little better, and now the third one has me totally convinced this was the right way to go. We are becoming even more familiar with Celaena’s true nature, even as she continues to grow and come into herself. She isn’t perfect, she definitely has her flaws: arrogance, vanity, and a short temper being her three worst. But, she continues to prove to me that even though she may be an assassin by trade she is not lacking in honor or compassion. This is truly an epic world that we’ve stumbled on and I can’t wait to see where Ms. Maas takes us.
This short story picks up just after Celaena reaches the Silent Assassin’s lair. We get to watch her interact with people and learn some much-needed patience, that her master hasn’t been able to teach her. For being so short this is quite to complex story and almost felt like a full length book, plot wise. I believe Maas planted some seeds for future events as well as we learn where some of Celaena’s scars originate. Even though Sam was absent in this story too, there still felt like there was development in that relationship front. I liked our time in the desert and kind of hope we get to come back to visit these walls among the dunes again.