Title: The Assassin and the Empire
Series: Throne of Glass novellas
Author: Sarah J Maas
Published: Bloomsbury Children’s, July 2012
Source: Purchased my copy from Amazon.com
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!
The Assassin and the Empire starts out with Celaena having everything that she wants and loves, and then things go tumbling, crushing her, drowning her in some of her deepest, most excruciating fears. For those who have read the blurb about Throne of Glass, we know at the beginning of the full-length novel (which is to be released in August) that Celaena is being punished for her crimes and she is serving out hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier. So, imagine how things must have gone really really wrong in this novella in order for her to lose everything and be serving out hard labor in the salt mines!
I find myself emotionally invested – laughing, shaking my head, screaming oh, no, throwing fist, weeping and crying as I follow Celaena’s journey in this novella. It’s somewhat uncomfortable and almost painful to watch how things keep spiraling out of control, and Celaena, while being smart and young and badass and beautiful and strong, just couldn’t think fast enough, move quick enough, and stay calm enough to connect the dots and get herself away from the peril.
Do I wish a different outcome for Celaena and Sam? Yes, but at the same time, I must say it’s priceless to be able to witness and tune into all the dark emotions that Celaena goes through when she feels she’s being shaken to her core.
Through reading all four novellas, I learn that Celaena is not just an assassin, but also a girl who appreciates music, enjoys luxuries, and has a yearning desire to be loved. She has such a spontaneous attitude that even when she is annoyingly impatient and rashly hot-headed that I still find her charmingly sweet, delightful and adorable.
I can’t wait to read Throne of Glass. At the meantime, I’ll be re-reading these novellas, savoring the moments of watching Celaena learns from her past mistakes while eagerly anticipating what she may do, where she may go, and how she may avenge, get back what she deserves and claim back her title as the best assassin in the kingdom and beyond.
Have you read any of the Throne of Glass novellas?