These ‘about me’ sections, or even sections that inform you about blogs, have never been my forte. Much to my chagrin, I was never taught the unwritten rules of what you are supposed to say. The links at the side of the blog – Twitter and Goodreads, for example – are liable to tell you more than I could ever say in words.

Mostly, this will be a book blog. I read a lot, and I love to share my views on my most recent reads. I try to read a little bit of everything, but if you look closely you’ll notice I will occasionally become obsessed with one specific genre for a short period of time. Old books, new books, yet to be released books – I read them all. If you’re an author looking for advance readers or just wish for more reviews of a book you’ve already released, please feel free to contact me. There is a contact form at the side of my blog – if you scroll down below the Twitter and Goodreads sidebar you will find it – so drop me a message and I’ll be sure to get back to you in double time. After all, finding new authors is what makes the book world go around.

Thanks for taking your time to read this. With a little bit of luck, you will find my blog much more interesting than this mundane introductory section.

Saturday, 22 July 2017

Review: The Assassin and the Desert

The Assassin and the Desert The Assassin and the Desert by Sarah J. Maas
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Having read and enjoyed the first five Throne of Glass books and impatiently awaiting the sixth, I decided it was time to work my way through the five novellas offered up in The Assassin’s Blade. I’d debated reading these stories at an earlier stage, yet I found myself too pulled into the main story to take a detour. I’m there now, though. I’m holding out that these five stories will tide me over until the sixth book is released.

Upon finished The Assassin and the Pirate Lord, I was unsure whether or not the stories would do much. The Assassin and the Pirate Lord was an okay read, but for the most part I really didn’t care. The Assassin and the Healer improved upon the first novella, yet it still wasn’t quite what I had hoped for. It was enough to leave me with the belief the stories would improve. With The Assassin and the Desert, I’m back at my earlier stage. It was an okay read, but I really had expected so much more from this.

Whilst this story was better than The Assassin and the Pirate Lord, I did not enjoy it as much as I enjoyed The Assassin and the Healer. I think it’s because I had the highest expectations for this one. It promises us so much, I was once again holding out hope for the deadly assassin story I’ve been crossing my fingers for throughout the entire series, yet it wasn’t quite what I had wanted.

Following the first two novellas, this one continues to show us our main character in the days before the main series. It is nice to see how everything came together, to see details that are alluded to in the main series, and to be given an insight into yet another part of the world. It was fun to pass the time, but I wasn’t crazy about this story. It was so slow, and it lacked the powerful punch I had been hoping this one would deliver.

I’m positive those obsessed with Throne of Glass will love this, but for me it was simply okay.

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