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Tuesday, 3 July 2012

The Assassin and the Desert: Throne of Glass Novella II

This is the second prequel novella to Throne of Glass. Yesterday's post focuses on the first, The Assassin and the Pirate Lord. Each novella gives us an episode from Celaena Sardothien's past before the events of Throne of Glass, and this one focuses on Celaena's quest, at her master's insistence, to be accepted and trained by the desert-dwelling group known as the silent assassins. The blurb tells us:
The Silent Assassins of the Red Desert aren't much for conversation, and Celeana 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. Quiet suits her just fine - until she begins to suspect there's a traitor in the fortress, and she must determine which of the mute and mysterious assassins is her deadly adversary.
The big theme here is loyalty, explored from different angles through the plot. Her character is also developed further in this novella, with her arrogance naturally giving way to a little less certainty and even a hint of fear. This is only natural as she is alone in an unfamiliar place and made vulnerable by her need to gain the Mute Master's approval. 

Again, I enjoyed getting lost in this addition to the Throne of Glass world, and would absolutely recommend it.

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