[Review #88] Throne of Glass Novellas by Sarah J. Maas

Title: Throne of Glass eNovellas
Series: Throne of Glass
Book 0.1 – 0.4
Sarah J. Maas

Published: 2012
Bloomsbury Children’s

Genre: High Fantasy
Young Adult

The Assassin and the Pirate Lord

On a remote island in a tropical sea, Celaena Sardothien, feared assassin, has come for retribution. She’s been sent by the Assassin’s Guild to collect on a debt they are owed by the Lord of the Pirates. But when Celaena learns that the agreed payment is not in money, but in slaves, her mission suddenly changes—and she will risk everything to right the wrong she’s been sent to bring about.


This Assassin and the Pirate Lord is set on an island that is owned by the Lord of the Pirates. We are introduced to Celaena whom has been proclaimed as the best assassin in Adarlan. She and another assassin, Sam, are there to collect money the lord of the pirates owe them for three of their assassin’s that were killed by his pirates hands. But when they get there they realise that’s not exactly what’s going on.

I thought this was a fun read, and a nice introduction to Celaena. Although I do have to say that I haven’t warmed up to Celaena just yet, she is rather too arrogant for my liking but she’s also very interesting. I love the idea of assassins, although she doesn’t kill anyone unless needed or for reason which I find ironic for being the best assassin in Adarlan, yet it’s nice to see she has a conscience and isn’t up for killing when she deems it isn’t necessary. It’s an interesting take on assassination for sure.

The Assassin and the Desert

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.


That summary sounds a lot more dramatic that what The Assassin and the Desert is really about. This one is more about Celaena and learning how to be more selfless. Less arrogant. Perhaps even more humble. And her first real friend Ansel.

Celaena is sent to The Silent Assassin’s by Arobynn for training as part of her punishment for defying his orders on Skull Island, in the previous novella. She is not allowed to return without a letter of approval but she is only allowed to stay a month. So she has to convince the master that she is worth training personally. Celaena finds it harder than she thought, in the Red Desert with The Silent Assassins she realises that her name which is feared in all or Adarlan, means nothing here. So she trains with Ansel while trying to figure out ways to get the master to notice her abilities and train her.

I had really started to hope that Celaena would drop the cocky attitude in this novella, the way she thinks makes it obvious that she thinks she is the best assassin ever. Her thinking didn’t really change that much, even though many times she was shown to be weaker than others. It actually rather annoyed me at how arrogant and cocky she was. But it annoyed me even more that she’s is claimed to be the best Assassin in Adarlan when it feels like she is the weakest one among The Silent Assassins. My suspension of belief finds it incredibly hard to believe this.

The Assassin and the Underworld

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.


The Assassin and the Underworld felt like the last straw for me. It bored me more than anything else. It was cliché  predictable and unoriginal. There was a bit of romance in this novella where Celaena admitted she had never kissed anyone before which in my opinion feels completely off and wrong for this sort of story. Celaena is apparently one of the best assassins that Arobynn has, she’s always instructed to hide her face on missions, she is revered and feared. Yet she’s always getting hurt, captured, she’s clumsy and she’s never used her ‘charms’ for her job? What? She’s killed people but she’s never been intimate? I just don’t believe it. Once again she comes across as too naive to be an assassin, to kill people and have no guilt, she doesn’t sound deadly at all.

It took me six months to pick up the last novella because I decided to stop reading them for a while due to the fact I started to not like anything about them. Well, I was glad for the break because I picked up novella number 4 and found myself incredibly surprised.

The Assassin and the Empire

Celaena Sardothien is the assassin with everything: a place to call her own, the love of handsome Sam, and, best of all, freedom. Yet, she won’t be truly free until she is far away from her old master, Arobynn Hamel; Celaena must take one last daring assignment that will liberate her forever. But having it all, means you have a lot to lose . . .


I nearly did not read this novella because the last two weren’t very good. Ironically this novella was  the only one that I actually thoroughly enjoyed. In The Assassin and the Empire Celaena finally starts feeling, sounding and acting like an assassin. She still feels too naive to completely pull it off but I found myself being convinced it was possible. I finally started to believe that she could actually be the best assassin in Adarlan. Considering she’s been boasting about this in the past three novellas, I never actually believed it to be true until I read this one.

After not having expected to like this novella at all, it surprised me and this one hurt to read. Kind of broke my heart a little. I’m now excited to continue onto reading The Throne of Glass novel to see what happens next!

Miss J

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