Review: The Assassin and the Empire by Sarah J. Maas

Series: Throne of Glass #0.4
Publication Date: July 20, 2012
Publisher: Bloomsbury Children's
Reading Level: Young Adult
Pages: 94 (eBook)
Source: Loaned from Gillian
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 . . .

This fourth fantastic e-novella gives readers an inside look at the characters who appear in the full-length novel Throne of Glass. Don’t miss out!
~*~Lili's Reflections~*~

My favorite novella by far. This novella made me feel and actually made me cry and gasp out loud in shock. The emotions that it brought in me were so intense, I can't help but call this little masterpiece perfection. But really, the emotions that appeared in this one was a combination of all four novellas because, in reality, the novellas are like a short, 300+ page story of their own. A prequel, really. They should be combined together. While certain novellas are weaker than the others, this one was an amazing ending. Even if it tore my heart in two.

Obviously, if you've read THRONE OF GLASS already, it's clear that this novella, specifically, will depict the events that led up to Celaena finding herself enslaved in the mines. They're rather shocking events. But knowing now that Celaena came out of all this and was able to act the way she did in THRONE OF GLASS shows how strong of a person she is and I applaud Maas for finding a way to depict that so powerfully.

There's nothing else to really say about this one without giving anything away. As the synopsis suggests, Celaena and Sam want to get away from Arobynn Hamel for good, so they must accept perhaps their most daring and insane assignment to date and it could mean life or death. The stakes are high, and you can only guess what must have happened to evoke such strong emotions in me.

In the end, I wouldn't have asked for a better series of novellas. They gave me a lot of background and they truly were powerful. But they are a prequel to the first novel in this beloved series, and they need to be paired together with better transitions so that this beauty can sit on shelves.

You have to be prepared to have your heart ripped out if you read this series of novellas. You have to be in a certain mood. While I don't think they're essential to reading and understanding THRONE OF GLASS, it gives you a lot of background and makes you feel for Celaena even more. I have to admit that Maas was brilliant for coming up with these even if my heart got ripped out in the process.


4.5 stars

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