The Assassin and the Empire: A Throne of Glass Novella (Throne of Glass, #0.5)

by Sarah J. Maas

4.38 of 5 stars 13 ratings • 3 reviews • 21 shelved
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The Assassin and the Empire: A Throne of Glass Novella (Throne of Glass, #0.5)

by Sarah J. Maas

4.38 of 5 stars 13 ratings • 3 reviews • 21 shelved
  • ISBN10 1408834235
  • ISBN13 9781408834237
  • Publish Date 20 July 2012
  • Publish Status Active
  • Publish Country GB
  • Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • Imprint Bloomsbury YA
  • Format eBook
  • Pages 97
  • Language English


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The last novella to read before I dive into re-reading the full-length Throne of Glass novels. This novella broke me because it’s the moment where I found out how and why Sam died. If you read the previous novella, The Assassin and the Underworld, then you would’ve found out that Sam confessed his love for Celaena. I knew that there was not going to be a HEA for these two characters because I’ve read the first four novels of the series, but it still was hard to read this novella knowing that Celaena would lose the one person who loved her. 

This novella will also shed some light on how evil Arobynn really is when it comes to Celaena. I’m not too fond of his character. I think I’ve mentioned in my review of the previous novella how much I can’t stand him.

This novella also leads to how Celaena ended up in the Salt Mines and as a prisoner to the King of Adarlan. It’s a big shock how she was captured because she’s the best Assassin out there next to Arobynn. I felt for Celaena in this novella and know she will fight back into the full-length novels. It’s hard knowing how Sam was killed. 🙁 This novella put me through the wringer with one particular scene. Sarah J. Maas did a fantastic job with this novella, and I’m diving right into the first full-length novel now. I’m ready for my re-read of the series, so I can finally read the final book. It’s going to be hard to let go of this world.

Would I recommend this novella? Yes, most definitely. This is one novella that readers should read before diving into the series if you haven’t read it before.

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I'm genuinely surprised by how much I loved this short story. It made me want to read Throne of Glass and I'm still considering it because of this one.

Calaena is one of those badass characters that you love and want the best for. Should I start the Throne of Glass series?

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lizarodz 5 of 5 stars
As the synopses states, Sam and Celaena have moved out of the Assassin’s Keep and are now living on their own, but they are not getting any work and their funds are seriously depleted. They are determined to get a new beginning together and negotiate with Arobynn to be able to leave the Assassin’s Guild in peace. The problem is that Arobynn is incapable of love and compassion, he is SO BAD! I have to say that I cried in this one, and if you read Throne of Glass or the preview, you know that it doesn’t end well; but in case you haven’t I will not tell you the ending. This novella is truly heartbreaking, not only because of what happens to Sam, but also because Celaena refuses to believe that Arobynn is the bastard that he is.

All these novellas are amazing! They seem much longer than what they really are because the writing is flawless, the characters are incredible and the plots are truly memorable. Please read these as well as the full length novel. They are awesome!