The Assassin and the Underworld by Sarah J. Maas

The Assassin and the Underworld (Throne of Glass, #0.4)
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Book #0.4 in the Throne of Glass series : Publish 5/1/12

I borrowed this book electronically from my library for the #ReadingMyLibrary Challenge, saving me $1.99.

Author’s Site

Book Synopsis:

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.

My Review:

Okay I need to stop.  I don’t want to know what happens in the next novella.  I really don’t.  Can’t I just stop here and pretend that it all isn’t going to go to crap in the next tale.  Can’t we just let Sam and Celaena live happily ever after, together and free.  Cause I know that is so not going to happen and I am going to end up a bawling emotionally drained wreck of a person not fit to read another book for a week.  Perhaps I will just pause this story for a bit and let them live in happiness for a while, or until I am ready to witness how her life turned so wrong and set things up for the first book.

This novella, while a struggle to get into at time, was interesting.  We got to know Sam quite a bit in this story and see what life is life for the assassins under the King of the Assassin’s thumb.  We also learn just what kind of manipulative bastard he really is.  Of course. I guess that comes with the job description.  We also get to see just how gullible Celaena was at the time.  I mean common,  she didn’t learn anything from having her ass kicked by him once.  Second time is a bit of shame on her.  Still I really do think she and Sam are going to end up paying an even bigger price in the next story.  I so hope at the end of this whole series we find both king’s heads mounted on pikes out front of the Glass Palace.

A good read though, and I really recommend it to fans of the series.  There is so much valuable insight and back story to be learned in these novellas that they are worth the time to read.  Oy.  Now to start the last one, I have a feeling it is going to be a real heartbreaker.


My Rating: 3 Stars


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