Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Review: The Assassin and the Underworld by Sarah J Maas

The Assassin and the Underworld (Throne of Glass, #0.3)

The Assassin and the Underworld (Throne of Glass 0.3)


Published May 1st 2012 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Personal Purchase: Amazon .99

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.

This being the third installment of the Throne of Glass novellas, I find the plot thickens and my love for this series grows within each book.

Celaena is back from a three month stay in the desert, from the novella, The Assassin and the Desert, see my full review HERE. She's none too pleased over her stay in the desert but she is curious about life back in Rifthold, at the Assassin's Keep. Facing Arobynn, the King of Assassin's and her leader, she must come to terms with what he has done to her, but she plots a way of leaving and separating herself from Arobynn.
Getting back into life in the Keep feels strange at first, and seeing Sam again for the first time after three months brings out mixed feelings within her, feelings of jealousy, hate, and maybe a hint of love for him. 

Celaena is quickly thrusted back into the world of her being an Assassin and is yet again sent on another mission, but this time the mission is close to home and as the wheels are set in motion we get a sense that maybe there is something more hidden behind Arobynn's actions, and what his intentions toward Celaena, might be.
This mission takes Celaena and Sam into the depths of the city's underground sewer system, as to find a way into the home of a slave trader, as her mission is to eliminate him. Being in the sewer pipes may prove to be a deadly situation, as all may be loss in Celaena's world.

In this novella, I got a sense of there being an underlining, almost political aspect to Arobynn's actions. We already know he is ruthless, with his assassins, and I can almost get the sense of him being a villain, of sorts,  having an agenda that reaches alot farther than Rifthold.

Sam and Celaena's relationship with each other is clearly become something more and I really enjoy these two being together.
All in all we see a different side to Celaena, not just as an assassin, but a girl who enjoys the different art and cultures of the theater. We also see aside of Celaena that loves her rich lifestyle. Will she be able to truly give up all of her spoiled ways and leave Arobynn, is yet to be seen.

5/5 Stars



  1. I think you're slightly addicted to this series :) Great review! It might be time to add in some smut, though... liven things up ~ I'm just saying ;)

  2. I am so glad to see these are all good, I hope to read them over the weekend!

  3. Trying to decide if I should read these before Throne of Glass or jump right in! Thanks for the review! And the reminder to add the 4 novellas to my TBR!