Book Review: “The Assassin and the Healer” by Sarah J. Maas

Hello! Today we will be discussing the second prequel novella in The Assassin’s Blade bind-up, and it is extremely short. It is so short, I probably finished it in less than an hour. While it was ridiculously short, it was still a very good novella. I gave this an 85% on my scale. This will have spoilers, so if you don’t want to be spoiled, don’t read past the synopsis. I don’t think the synopsis will spoil the first novella, but even if you haven’t read The Assassin and the Pirate Lord, you should read that, then this one and come back and we can discuss it together! But enough with my rambling. Let’s go ahead and get into the review.

***Warning: This review contains spoilers. If you wish to not know what goes on throughout this book, read the synopsis and don’t read any other part of this review.***


“Meet the Assassin: beautiful, defiant, destined for greatness. Celaena Sardothien has challenged her master. Now she must pay the price. Her journey to the Red Desert will be an arduous one, but it may change the fate of her cursed world forever…”


Celaena Sardothien: she is our main protagonist and we see a different side of her in this novella. She really shows her compassionate and caring side. While she is ruthless, she also has a heart. She really shows that with the things she did in this novella.

Yrene Towers: she is the person that Celaena helps in this novella. Yrene wants to go to this healer’s school to be a healer, like her late mother, but quickly ran out of money when she came to the port town, so she lives poorly and works for practically nothing. She doesn’t know how to defend herself and this makes her a target for people.


In the beginning of this novella, it is revealed that Celaena was beaten something fierce and knocked unconscious by Arobynn for what she and Sam did. She has no idea what happened to Sam. In addition to that, as a punishment, Arobynn sends her to the desert to train with the Silent Assassins. She is waiting for a ship to take her to the town where the desert is. While she is waiting, she stays in a town called Innish. Its pretty disgusting and she stays at this Inn there. Here we focus on a girl named Yrene whose mother was a healer and was killed for it, but Yrene escaped and wants to go to the healer’s school, but can’t afford it. So she is stuck.

One night, when she is alone, several mercenaries attack her and Celaena saves her life. She is wounded, so to repay her, Yrene binds her wound. Celaena then teaches her self defense techniques. The mercenaries come back and Celaena kills them. She also gives Yrene the money to go to the healer’s school and Yrene is free. Celaena catches a boat to the Red Desert.

My Thoughts:

While I did enjoy this novella, I didn’t enjoy it quite as much as I did the first one. This novella really showed us another piece of who Celaena is and why she does what she does. It really showed her willingness to stand up for the weak and how much she really cared about people. I really liked Yrene’s character and how we learned of her family and who she is. It was really refreshing to see someone from the complete other side of the tracks. Yrene wanted to be a healer. She wanted to help people. And Celaena is like her in that respect. In her own twisted way, she is trying to help people. Like I said, I really enjoyed this novella. The plot was interesting, I loved the writing as always, and ll of the characters were interesting and complex and I really appreciated that. Super excited to start reading the next novella!
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And that is the end of this little mini review. I really enjoyed this one, though I did like The Assassin and the Pirate Lord more. Which one do you prefer? The Pirate Lord or The Healer (as in the novellas)? Let me know in the comments section below! And that is going to be it for this post today. Thank you all so much for reading this, I hope you enjoyed it, and I will see you next time.


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