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

Title: The Assassin and the Empire

Author: Sarah J. Maas

Genre: YA Fantasy

Series: Throne of Glass (Novella #0.4)

Publication Date: July 20, 2012

Format: eBook, 96 Pages

ISBN-10: 1599909871 (Bloomsbury Kids)

ISBN-13: 978-1599909875 (Bloomsbury Kids)

Reviewed by: Kristie

Synopsis:

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!

Quick & Dirty: Dark and tragic story that details the events that lead into Throne of Glass.

Opening Sentence: Curled into the corner of a prison wagon, Celaena Sardothien watched the splotches of shadows and light play on the wall.

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

For the first time in her life Celaena Sardothien is truly happy. She has moved out of the Assassin’s Keep. She has the love of her fellow assassin Sam Cortland. And she is no longer in debt to Arobynn Hamel, the King of the Assassins. But in order to truly be free Celaena must pay off her and Sam’s dues to the Assassin’s Guild so they can move away. The price is extremely high so Sam and Celaena must take on one more job so they can afford to move away. The job is exceedingly dangerous. Celaena questions the job but Sam expresses that they need this money in order to move. Celaena reluctantly agrees and the job isn’t all that they bargained for.

The Assassin and the Empire details the events that lead up to where Celaena is at the beginning of Throne of Glass. In the previous novella Celaena had everything to gain but in this one she has everything to lose. The ending is not surprising if you’ve read the synopsis to Throne of Glass, but it still isn’t any more heartbreaking.

Over the course of these novella’s I have certainly started feeling for Celaena and her plight. She started pampered, selfish and spoiled and slowly grew to learn some of life’s lessons. Although Celaena can still be viewed as a little selfish, I felt really bad for her. I recommend reading all of the novella’s before going into Throne of Glass, even though only the last novella really leads into the events of the novel. They are a good in depth look into the Throne of Glass world. I have a feeling that each of these short stories will have something to do with this world at some point.

Notable Scene:

Arobynn casually slid his hands into the pockets of his silver tunic. “Have you told him the truth about where you came from? I have a feeling that’s something he’d like to know. Perhaps before he dedicates his life to you.”

She focused on keeping her breathing even, and pointed at the door again. “Go.”

Arobynn shrugged, waving a hand as if to dimiss the questions he’d raised, and walked toward the front door. She watched his every move, took in every step and shift of his shoulders, noted what he looked at. He reached for the brass doorknob, but turned to her. His eyes—those silver eyes that would probably haunt her for the rest of her life—were bright.

“No matter what I have done, I really do love you, Celaena.”

The word hit her like a stone to the head. He’d never said that word to her before. Ever.

A long silence fell between them.

Arobynn’s neck shifted as he swallowed. “I do the things that I do because I’m scared … and because I don’t know how to express what I feel.” He said it so quietly that she barely heard it. “I did all of those things because I was angry with you for picking Sam.”

Throne of Glass Series:

0.1 The Assassin and the Pirate Lord

0.2 The Assassin and the Desert

0.3 The Assassin and the Underworld

0.4 The Assassin and the Empire

1. Throne of Glass

FTC Advisory: I purchased my own copy of The Assassin and the Empire. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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