Review: The Assassin and the Underworld by Sarah J. Maas

Series: Throne of Glass #0.3
Publication Date: May 1, 2012
Publisher: Bloomsbury Children's
Reading Level: Young Adult
Pages: 102 (eBook)
Source: Loaned from Gillian
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.
~*~Lili's Reflections~*~

Can I start this review off by saying that one of these novellas finally has proper editing?! Halleluljah! There may be some hope!

This novella picks up where the previous one leaves off, right after Celaena makes a month long journey back home after spending a month with the Silent Assassins in the Red Desert. Surprisingly, Arobynn is remorseful about what he did to her prior to leaving. You know, beating her so much that she becomes nearly unconscious. He continues to shower Celaena with gifts to show how sorry he is, waiting for her to forgive him. This leads the way for ultimatums to be questions because Arobynn is not a likable and kindhearted character. I was immediately suspicious of his motives, and Maas's ability to make us almost like him is astounding.

Arobynn gives Celaena an assignment almost immediately upon her return. This assignment could stop a potential slave ring created to make a forgotten nation prosper. Of course, Celaena takes this opportunity. It comes as no surprise after reading novella number one. However, this mission isn't as simple as it sounds. Celaena finds herself doing all sorts of odd things, even finding herself in a sewer at one point, and she has to question many peoples motives.

There was also Sam. I'm so happy Sam is back. The tension is ten times worse than it ever was before, but their attraction is palpable. It's hard to avoid letting the sparks fly with these two...even if things may occur in the most unexpected of places at the most unexpected of times. It was great to watch Celaena's heart make yet another appearance in regards to Sam and his forced and ever-mounting debt with Arobynn. This girl has a heart, buried way deep.

I think this is perhaps my most favorite of the novellas thus far. It has Celaena doing what she was trained to do, a bit of romance, and evil schemes that I should have seen coming, but didn't. While some things were predictable, others weren't. Props to you, Maas!

I can't wait to see what the final novella holds for us now.

4 stars

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1 comment:

  1. I'm waiting till the anthology of these ToG comes out to read all of these novellas! Great review!
    -Scott Reads It!