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The Assassin and the Empire

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Author: Sarah J. Maas

Published: July 20th 2012 by Bloomsbury USA Children's

Format: Kindle Edition , 94 pages

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Language: English


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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-nov 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!

30 review for The Assassin and the Empire

  1. 5 out of 5

    ~Poppy~

    "She didn’t want to go out into a world where he didn’t exist. So she watched the light shift and change, and let the world pass by without her." “My name is Celaena Sardothien,” she whispered, “ and I will not be afraid .” "She didn’t want to go out into a world where he didn’t exist. So she watched the light shift and change, and let the world pass by without her." “My name is Celaena Sardothien,” she whispered, “ and I will not be afraid .”

  2. 4 out of 5

    Ben Alderson

    I cried ALOT

  3. 4 out of 5

    Pearl Angeli

    “My name is Celaena Sardothien, and I will not be afraid.” This novella was too much for me to take. I knew it was coming but still, it left me utterly unprepared for what happened to Celaena and Sam. It was just so heartbreaking and painful. Everything was brutal I’m so surprised to find myself being able to handle it without breaking my heart into tiny bits of pieces. I’ve read Throne of Glass prior to reading this and now everything already made a perfect sense. What happened to Celaena wa “My name is Celaena Sardothien, and I will not be afraid.” This novella was too much for me to take. I knew it was coming but still, it left me utterly unprepared for what happened to Celaena and Sam. It was just so heartbreaking and painful. Everything was brutal I’m so surprised to find myself being able to handle it without breaking my heart into tiny bits of pieces. I’ve read Throne of Glass prior to reading this and now everything already made a perfect sense. What happened to Celaena was so unbearable. Now I understand why it was hard for her to keep herself together whenever she remembers her past, especially the part where she was betrayed by someone she couldn’t point out. After reading this novella, I felt the rage Celeana endured and the need to find justice and revenge. I also felt hopeful that somehow Celaena will be able to avenge herself and Sam. Despite the horrible things that happened to her in this novella, everything was perfectly executed by Sarah J. Maas. I couldn’t stop myself admiring her writing style that can absolutely carry me away and basically steal my heart and wrap myself with so many emotions. Rating: 5 Stars

  4. 5 out of 5

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    5 STAR'S “She didn't want to go out into a world where he didn't exist. So she watched the light shift and change, and let the world pass by without her.” Wow, this was another awesome and final novella in the Throne of Glass series. I thoroughly enjoyed reading The Assassin and the Empire very very much :) It was addicting and I couldn't read it fast enough. I love all the sweet moments in Celaena's apartment with Sam. Sam is quite the catch and there is no way in hell you can't fall in love wit 5 STAR'S “She didn't want to go out into a world where he didn't exist. So she watched the light shift and change, and let the world pass by without her.” Wow, this was another awesome and final novella in the Throne of Glass series. I thoroughly enjoyed reading The Assassin and the Empire very very much :) It was addicting and I couldn't read it fast enough. I love all the sweet moments in Celaena's apartment with Sam. Sam is quite the catch and there is no way in hell you can't fall in love with the guy. And even though I knew it was coming it did absolutely nothing to soften the BLOW to my heart! The ending was one of the saddest damn endings I've read in this series and I don't know how I'll ever recover. I'm broken and even kinda mad at this point. Even if you know what Sam's fate is going to be before this it's obvious that the mission is gonna be a complete and utter failure, also even before you learn of the setup. But still, I really wished this could have had a different outcome and at the same time if this didn't happen I wouldn't have Rowan and well... I just wouldn't be cool with that. Anyways I love all the action and even though this left a gaping hole in my chest it's still one of my favorites and therefore it's also a must-read. “She would tuck Sam into her heart, a bright light for her to take out whenever things were darkest. And then she would remember how it had felt to be loved, when the world had held nothing but possibility. No matter what they did to her, they could never take that away.” “My name is Celaena Sardothien,” she whispered, “and I will not be afraid.”

  5. 4 out of 5

    alana ♡

    FOUR STARS BECAUSE MY HEART IS NO LONGER A PART OF MY BODY AND I AM HOPELESSLY DEAD INSIDE. Originally I said I have so much to say about this book when I finished it in June, its now August and I have nothing to say. I'm still dead inside. SAM DESERVED BETTER I WILL NEVER GET OVER THIS! Instead of reviewing this let me just leave you some gifs on how I felt while reading/still feel after reading this heartbreaker of a story. “Tell me your deepest secret," she said softly... After a long moment, h FOUR STARS BECAUSE MY HEART IS NO LONGER A PART OF MY BODY AND I AM HOPELESSLY DEAD INSIDE. Originally I said I have so much to say about this book when I finished it in June, its now August and I have nothing to say. I'm still dead inside. SAM DESERVED BETTER I WILL NEVER GET OVER THIS! Instead of reviewing this let me just leave you some gifs on how I felt while reading/still feel after reading this heartbreaker of a story. “Tell me your deepest secret," she said softly... After a long moment, he spoke. "The only secret I've borne my entire life is that I love you." He gave her a slight smile. "It was the one thing I believed I'd go to the grave without voicing." His eyes were so full of light that their loveliness almost stopped her heart.” “This was some dream, or she had gone to hell after all, because she couldn't exist in the world where this had been done to him, where she paced like an idiot all night while he suffered, while Farran tortured him, while he ripped out his eyes and-- Celaena vomited on the floor. Footsteps, then Arobynn's hands were on her shoulder, on her waist, pulling her away. He was dead. Sam was dead.” No one will ever replace the hole in my heart that is Sam Cortland.

  6. 5 out of 5

    ☘Misericordia☘ ~ The Serendipity Aegis ~ ⚡ϟ⚡ϟ⚡⛈ ✺❂❤❣

    Lavender soap. Such a tiny but heart-rending detail. (view spoiler)[Q: The body still smelled faintly like Sam. And like the cheap soap she’d made him use, because she was so selfish that she couldn’t let him have her lavender soap. (c) (hide spoiler)] An essay on the consequences of misplaced trust and Electra complex and lack of readiness to face the treacherous world. An interesting combo to ponder. PS. Well, they should have ran. Regardless of libraries, perfumes, hot water, secrets and other r Lavender soap. Such a tiny but heart-rending detail. (view spoiler)[Q: The body still smelled faintly like Sam. And like the cheap soap she’d made him use, because she was so selfish that she couldn’t let him have her lavender soap. (c) (hide spoiler)] An essay on the consequences of misplaced trust and Electra complex and lack of readiness to face the treacherous world. An interesting combo to ponder. PS. Well, they should have ran. Regardless of libraries, perfumes, hot water, secrets and other rickrack. Hindsight, 20/20. Q: The word was just another weapon. (c) Q: She was … responsible for him now. And that was terrifying. (c) Q: He was hers. This magnificent, powerful creature was hers. (c) Q: “Whenever I’m scared out of my wits, I tell myself: My name is Sam Cortland … and I will not be afraid. I’ve been doing it for years. ”... “Maybe I should try your little trick.” She took another breath. “My name is Celaena Sardothien, and I will not be afraid.” ... “I think you have to say it with a bit more conviction than that.” (с) Q: then he surprised Celaena once by going into a bookshop—not to threaten the owner or collect dues, but to buy books. She’d hated that, for some reason. Especially when, despite Sam’s protests, she’d quickly snuck in while the bookseller was in the back and spied the receipt ledger behind the desk. Farran hadn’t bought books about torture or death or anything wicked. Oh, no. They’d been adventure novels. Novels that she had read and enjoyed. The idea of Farran reading them too felt like a violation, somehow. (c) Q: She wondered if it was better to wind up as a slave here, or a prisoner in a brutal labor camp like Endovier. Both seemed like similar versions of a living hell. (c) Nice touch with foreshadowing. Q: But this place is designed like a death trap, and I’ve no desire to make my final stand here, or right now. (с) Q: Sam would never be like Farran. He’d never be like her, either. She sometimes wondered if he knew just how dark she could turn. (c) Q: We know how to do it, but we don’t enjoy it. That’s the difference. ... “When we die, do you think we’ll be punished for the things we’ve done?”... “When we die, ... I don’t think the gods will even know what to do with us.” (c) Q: There was no end to this silence. There would never be an end, only this beginning. (c) Q: ...she’d stop at nothing to find him. And then she’d slaughter them all. (c) Q: Reality opened wide and swallowed her whole. ... She didn’t want to go out into a world where he didn’t exist. So she watched the light shift and change, and let the world pass by without her. (c) Q: She was fire, she was darkness, she was dust and blood and shadow. (c) Q: When the roaring silence came to claim her again, Celaena walked into it with open arms. (c) Q: “Whatever gutter you grew up in, Farran, it must have been an unparalleled sort of hell.” ... “You have no idea.” ... “Why did you do it?” ... “Because I don’t like sharing my belongings.” (c) Q: Pine and snow and lazy, golden summers—a city of light and music in the shadow of the Staghorn Mountains. ... The breeze grew into a wind, and she closed her eyes, letting it sweep away the ashes of that dead world—of that dead girl. And then there was nothing left except something new, something still glowing red from the forging. ... She would go into Endovier. Go into Hell. And she would not crumble. ... She had not stopped breathing yet, and she had endured Sam’s death and evaded the king’s execution. She would survive this. ... She would tuck Sam into her heart, a bright light for her to take out whenever things were darkest. And then she would remember how it had felt to be loved, when the world had held nothing but possibility. No matter what they did to her, they could never take that away. She would not break. (c) Q:

  7. 4 out of 5

    P

    “She didn't want to go out into a world where he didn't exist. So she watched the light shift and change, and let the world pass by without her.” The tension built up since The Assassin and the Underworld. I read this book with a shaking heart even if I knew that the ending was not that bad, I still shocked when I was on the last page. Sam and Calaene take a new mission, which is abnormally hard for every assassion. Yet she thinks she can do it, and that will gain lots of money and it's enou “She didn't want to go out into a world where he didn't exist. So she watched the light shift and change, and let the world pass by without her.” The tension built up since The Assassin and the Underworld. I read this book with a shaking heart even if I knew that the ending was not that bad, I still shocked when I was on the last page. Sam and Calaene take a new mission, which is abnormally hard for every assassion. Yet she thinks she can do it, and that will gain lots of money and it's enough for them to start their new lives. Arobynn is a treacherous bastard since the first book. His scheme is not perfect but tricky enough to lure Celaena in. Sam, on the other hand, is tremendously changed. I had no idea why he was so different, but indeed he was. The ending literally tore my apart, but I was glad that it ended like this. “When we die," she said, "I don't think the gods will even know what to do with us.”

  8. 5 out of 5

    Annie ☆{of Lightwoods and Herondales}☆

    All the stars and all the tears...

  9. 5 out of 5

    ♥ Rebecca ♥

    I am so angry right now I dont even know if I wanna read Throne of Glass any more. But the reason I read all these shorts this week is because I ordered it from my library and it will be here soon. But I dont think I could even stomach reading it right now. I am not just sad, I am angry. Almost seething. I usually avoid gifs because I like to write proper reviews, but I am too angry to write so... That was me, literally. I took a shower to help me feel better. It didnt help. I am so angry right now I dont even know if I wanna read Throne of Glass any more. But the reason I read all these shorts this week is because I ordered it from my library and it will be here soon. But I dont think I could even stomach reading it right now. I am not just sad, I am angry. Almost seething. I usually avoid gifs because I like to write proper reviews, but I am too angry to write so... That was me, literally. I took a shower to help me feel better. It didnt help.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Mikee (ReadWithMikee)

    That was pretty heartbreaking. :/ But at the same time I felt like everything could've been prevented. You don't have to even know Sam's fate to see that their mission was going to be a complete failure. Farran was supposedly Celaena's equal. No offense to Sam and all, but considering how she's considered Adarlan's Assassin, he doesn't even come close to how lethal Celaena supposedly is. Sam was already dead the second he decided that he didn't want Celaena's help to take out Farran. Hate to say That was pretty heartbreaking. :/ But at the same time I felt like everything could've been prevented. You don't have to even know Sam's fate to see that their mission was going to be a complete failure. Farran was supposedly Celaena's equal. No offense to Sam and all, but considering how she's considered Adarlan's Assassin, he doesn't even come close to how lethal Celaena supposedly is. Sam was already dead the second he decided that he didn't want Celaena's help to take out Farran. Hate to say it, but that's the truth. :(

  11. 5 out of 5

    Rosaline (Rosaline's Rolls & Scrolls)

    " “I can wait,” he said thickly, kissing her collarbone. “We have all the time in the world.” " This book is written to torture the heart. Every word and sentence is that much more heartbreaking because you know what's going to happen! You know how this young couple's dream of peace and love is going to end! I hate this book for what it did to my soul. And love it, because unlike other prequel short stories written to show events that happened before the first book in the series, this one actu " “I can wait,” he said thickly, kissing her collarbone. “We have all the time in the world.” " This book is written to torture the heart. Every word and sentence is that much more heartbreaking because you know what's going to happen! You know how this young couple's dream of peace and love is going to end! I hate this book for what it did to my soul. And love it, because unlike other prequel short stories written to show events that happened before the first book in the series, this one actually has a purpose. It actually feels like an integral part of the series instead of a ploy to get more money by milking a series. This book shattered my heart into a thousand pieces. But at the same time, it gave me a closer look at what Celaena had to endure to get to where she is and how she became who she is. And I loved and loved and loved it. I think after this a reread of the series is in order before I tackle the 6th book and torture my soul all over again. "And then she would remember how it had felt to be loved, when the world had held nothing but possibility. No matter what they did to her, they could never take that away. She would not break." This series will forever be one of my favorites and I'm sure I will keep coming back for rereads as I undoubtedly forget many parts of it. The feeling and sensation of this book, however, will stay with me forever. " “My name is Celaena Sardothien,” she whispered, “and I will not be afraid.” "

  12. 5 out of 5

    Alz

    A little novella in which nothing happens except things that Celaena could have avoided if she hadn't been so incredibly blindly stupid. She underwent no character growth, faced no real challenges except trumped-up excuses for plot, and acted so frivolous that it's no surprise that she ends up where she does. For another thing, aspects of this book are way, way too modern--and I mean yes, this IS fantasy and all, but when it's set in Ye Elde Generic Fantasyland, I find it a bit much for her to ha A little novella in which nothing happens except things that Celaena could have avoided if she hadn't been so incredibly blindly stupid. She underwent no character growth, faced no real challenges except trumped-up excuses for plot, and acted so frivolous that it's no surprise that she ends up where she does. For another thing, aspects of this book are way, way too modern--and I mean yes, this IS fantasy and all, but when it's set in Ye Elde Generic Fantasyland, I find it a bit much for her to have an apartment that has a fully-stocked kitchen, bedroom, bathroom, and living room with floor-to-ceiling glass windows, running water, etc. And when discussion arises about moving away from Rifthold, they talk about moving with just the basics in luggage and having everything else shipped to them, and how they can just sell the apartment while they're away by...apparently writing letters to some kind of broker. But back to the lack of plot and Celaena's stupidity. 100% of everything bad that happens in this book could have been avoided if Celaena had either bothered to listen to other people or just stopped spending their rapidly decreasing amount of money on lavender soap and frilly designer outfits--especially since (as it's revealed at the beginning) she and Sam haven't been able to find work for a month and are running low on funds. Also, I couldn't stand how head-bangingly stupid she was RE: Arobynn, a man who (she is aware) has manipulated her all her life, beaten her unconscious as "punishment", deceived her and tricked her and humiliated her, used her for his own ends that she hated, etc. etc., and yet whom she still trusts and takes at face value despite all her "oh noes, I don't trust him, of course" talk. I barely tolerated Celaena's stupidity for 3 novellas before this and now I just can't stand it, which is why this is a 1-star. While not as depressingly terrible as the previous novella, this one exists solely to get her thrown into the terrible straits where the novel begins--in other words, this novella is much more a plot device than a novella. Even the emotional parts of this book felt lackluster and contrived, to the point where I was bored and rolling my eyes when Terrible Things happened. Everything was too rushed, Celaena's responses were either hyperbolically exaggerated or bizarrely nonsensical (i.e. how she nags Sam to stop fighting for prize money because omg he might get hurt when hey, Celaena, HE'S A FRICKING ASSASSIN AND CAN TAKE CARE OF HIMSELF AND YOU NEED MONEY BECAUSE YOU'RE BUYING EXPENSIVE PERFUMES AND FURNITURE ON A SHOESTRING BUDGET AND YOU DON'T BRING IN ANY MONEY AT ALL), and the final plot twists in the end were so incredibly obvious I was wondering if they were going to be something else because it was way too obvious but nope, that was it. I really wanted to read Throne of Glass before but these novellas are seriously putting me off reading the novel. But because I am masochistic and I have nostalgic memories of reading Throne of Glass when it was on Fictionpress many years ago, when I was younger and less jaded and critical, I will probably read the novel anyway. And then gripe about it afterward.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Monika

    Easily, "The Assassin and the Empire" was my favorite of the four novellas. So emotional and the ending just kills me. Yea... from the description of the "Throne of Glass" you know how it ends. But step by step, you see what caused this situation. And you can not help but feel sorry for Celaena and for what she went through. And Sam? Read and find out! You won’t be disappointed.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Jasmine

    This was certainly a heart-shattering story and Sam's death was unfathomably painful to me. The beginning of it was too dreamy to be true, the way Sam and Celaena believed in the possibility of leaving Rifthold and starting their new life without the control of either Arobynn Hamel or the Assassins' Guild; however, the ending was something entirely unexpected. Such a dramatic twist was hard to endure, honestly. Although the killing scenes were bloody as usual, I think the Crime Lord of Rifthold This was certainly a heart-shattering story and Sam's death was unfathomably painful to me. The beginning of it was too dreamy to be true, the way Sam and Celaena believed in the possibility of leaving Rifthold and starting their new life without the control of either Arobynn Hamel or the Assassins' Guild; however, the ending was something entirely unexpected. Such a dramatic twist was hard to endure, honestly. Although the killing scenes were bloody as usual, I think the Crime Lord of Rifthold was truly sadistic. Imagine a human being enjoying torturing his victims and playing with their corpses until they didn't have any blood to splatter. Farren disgusted me most, for his unmeasurable cruelty and extreme brutality, and his sick personality. And again, Celaena fell right into their(Arobynn and Farren's) little trap just like her last time. I felt pity for her but also secretly hoped that she'd listened to Wesley's warning or at least didn't allow Sam to dispatch the notorious Crime Lord. So many things/accidents would be avoided if she thought twice before she leaped. The story left me with a lot of what-ifs but I guess some are just...inevitable and her fate was doomed because of the ones who betrayed her could benefit most once she was gone. Therefore, the last of the novellas was just the beginning of Celaena's suffering and it was surly not a happy ending. You know, everything has its price to pay and she's got to be responsible for all the lives she took during her notoriously proud "Adarlan's Assassin" moments. The reality will swallow her wholly and it's time for her to seek revenge face the music. But I know she's going to survive the so-called death camp, Endovier, because there'll always be a beloved person carved into her deepest mind and he'll still serve as a reminder for her to stay alive. I also believe that there's a possibility after all this mess is eliminated. As an old saying goes, Every cloud has a silver lining. She would tuck Sam into her heart, a bright light for her to take out whenever things were darkest. And then she would remember how it had felt to be loved, when the world had held nothing but possibility. No matter what they did to her, they could never take that away. I'll miss you forever, Sam Cortland.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Cardan Greenbriar

    oh dear no they're not tears i just have 2 huge tree barks in my eyes (view spoiler)[ STARTS WAILING (hide spoiler)] oh dear no they're not tears i just have 2 huge tree barks in my eyes (view spoiler)[ STARTS WAILING (hide spoiler)]

  16. 5 out of 5

    Wren (fablesandwren)

    WrensReads Review: Finally I am getting around to reading the adventures of my dear Celaena Sardothien. LOWKEY, I kind of love the assassin more than the queen, but that doesn't mean that I don't love the queen. I wanted to read it before I read Empire of Storms BUT I kind of got distracted with other books that were coming out around the same time. I am not a huge fan of novellas, but I do know that some of the characters introduced in the last book were first introduced in some of these novella WrensReads Review: Finally I am getting around to reading the adventures of my dear Celaena Sardothien. LOWKEY, I kind of love the assassin more than the queen, but that doesn't mean that I don't love the queen. I wanted to read it before I read Empire of Storms BUT I kind of got distracted with other books that were coming out around the same time. I am not a huge fan of novellas, but I do know that some of the characters introduced in the last book were first introduced in some of these novellas in The Assassin's Blade. And because I love Sarah J. Maas's story telling and her writing, I am going to go ahead and read these beauties. So, with that said, I am going to read and rate these so I can finally be completely caught up on The Throne of Glass Series: Throne of Glass, Crown of Midnight, Heir of Fire, Queen of Shadows, Empire of Storms, and Tower of Dawn. The Assassin and the Empire (Throne of Glass, #0.5) Heart is ripped out and barely beating on the table in front of me. This is absolutely horrible. Maas just wanted to make us sob for days. Like I feel as if Aelin/Celaena should have brought down more hell than she did in the series. She is the fire-breathing QUEEN. Arobynn deserved what he got (in the books, not in the novellas which would just be a lot of money basically) and like a thousand times more. You don't like sharing your things? Well Aelin should have showed you just how much of "your thing" she is. For the life of me. On the other side of things, this is me every time I see Lysandra Like she's pretty awful in these novellas but I still kind of love her. I just can't bring myself to talk about this one. I'm sorry but really I'm not because if you can talk about what happened in this book you don't have a beating heart. WrensReads | Goodreads | Twitter | Instagram

  17. 5 out of 5

    Melanie

    #0.1) The Assassin and the Pirate Lord ★★★ #0.2) The Assassin and the Healer ★★ #0.3) The Assassin and the Desert ★★★★ #0.4) The Assassin and the Underworld ★★★★★ #0.5) The Assassin and the Empire ★★★ #1.) Throne of Glass ★★★ #2.) Crown of Midnight ★★★★ #3.) Heir of Fire ★★ #4.) Queen of Shadows ★★ I love all the scenes in Celaena and Sam's apartment. Oh, how I wish things in this story could have gone differently. We get to see all the filth that goes on in the Vaults, and, unfortunately, Sam is making #0.1) The Assassin and the Pirate Lord ★★★ #0.2) The Assassin and the Healer ★★ #0.3) The Assassin and the Desert ★★★★ #0.4) The Assassin and the Underworld ★★★★★ #0.5) The Assassin and the Empire ★★★ #1.) Throne of Glass ★★★ #2.) Crown of Midnight ★★★★ #3.) Heir of Fire ★★ #4.) Queen of Shadows ★★ I love all the scenes in Celaena and Sam's apartment. Oh, how I wish things in this story could have gone differently. We get to see all the filth that goes on in the Vaults, and, unfortunately, Sam is making money fighting there. Sam wants to leave Rifthold very badly, and even though Celaena is unsure, she agrees. They pay Arobynn a huge sum of money to leave his assassin's guild, but Sam wants to finish one last mission on Rifthold before they leave the whole continent. We've all read Throne of Glass, so we all know how this turns out. That doesn't make the events that take place any less heartbreaking. That white stag though. Blog | Twitter | Tumblr | Instagram | Youtube | Twitch

  18. 5 out of 5

    Sabrina

    Get it here: Amazon US * Amazon UK I'm officially hooked on this series and simultaneously cursing the girl that made me read these. I have a feeling I'm in for a lot more heartbreak once I get to the full novels. Get it here: Amazon US * Amazon UK I'm officially hooked on this series and simultaneously cursing the girl that made me read these. I have a feeling I'm in for a lot more heartbreak once I get to the full novels.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Anna (Enchanted by YA)

    I wrote one thing in my notes for this novella and it smudged from my tears: “it’s broken me”. Posted on: http://enchantedbyya.blogspot.co.uk/ as part of my full review for Assassin's Blade I wrote one thing in my notes for this novella and it smudged from my tears: “it’s broken me”. Posted on: http://enchantedbyya.blogspot.co.uk/ as part of my full review for Assassin's Blade

  20. 4 out of 5

    Zain Otoom

    3.5 Damn it, Celeana! It was so obvious! Also, Arobynn, you've got some serious issues that you need to work out.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Beenish

    4.5★ This is the last novella and the only one that starts with a warning vibe and mentally prepares you for what may come ahead. 𝙃𝙚'𝙙 𝙝𝙤𝙣𝙚𝙙 𝙝𝙚𝙧 𝙖𝙣𝙜𝙚𝙧 𝙞𝙣𝙩𝙤 𝙖 𝙡𝙚𝙩𝙝𝙖𝙡 𝙗𝙡𝙖𝙙𝙚. 𝘼𝙣𝙙 𝙨𝙝𝙚'𝙙 𝙡𝙚𝙩 𝙝𝙞𝙢. Previously, the novellas were all about missions and punishments, betrayals and the sorting of emotions. While this novella brings us mind games and the fire of revenge. Not only that, we also learn more about the characters, how their mind works, what they feel, what breaks them most, how after broken trust, f 4.5★ This is the last novella and the only one that starts with a warning vibe and mentally prepares you for what may come ahead. 𝙃𝙚'𝙙 𝙝𝙤𝙣𝙚𝙙 𝙝𝙚𝙧 𝙖𝙣𝙜𝙚𝙧 𝙞𝙣𝙩𝙤 𝙖 𝙡𝙚𝙩𝙝𝙖𝙡 𝙗𝙡𝙖𝙙𝙚. 𝘼𝙣𝙙 𝙨𝙝𝙚'𝙙 𝙡𝙚𝙩 𝙝𝙞𝙢. Previously, the novellas were all about missions and punishments, betrayals and the sorting of emotions. While this novella brings us mind games and the fire of revenge. Not only that, we also learn more about the characters, how their mind works, what they feel, what breaks them most, how after broken trust, faith remains there when some people are the only people you know. Like 𝗔𝗿𝗼𝗯𝘆𝗻𝗻. He plays dirty games and tricks you so cleanly and above all that, reminds you who has power and who, in the end, will win. He messes with everyone and those who mess with him are very badly ruined. 𝙎𝙝𝙚 𝙨𝙤𝙢𝙚𝙩𝙞𝙢𝙚𝙨 𝙬𝙤𝙣𝙙𝙚𝙧𝙚𝙙 𝙞𝙛 𝙝𝙚 𝙠𝙣𝙚𝙬 𝙟𝙪𝙨𝙩 𝙝𝙤𝙬 𝙙𝙖𝙧𝙠 𝙨𝙝𝙚 𝙘𝙤𝙪𝙡𝙙 𝙩𝙪𝙧𝙣. In this novella, we all get what we wanted so much. Some 𝗖𝗲𝗹𝗮𝗲𝗻𝗮 and 𝗦𝗮𝗺 moments. 𝙎𝙝𝙚’𝙙 𝙝𝙖𝙫𝙚 𝙩𝙤 𝙡𝙚𝙖𝙫𝙚 𝙝𝙚𝙧 𝙛𝙪𝙧𝙣𝙞𝙩𝙪𝙧𝙚 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙢𝙤𝙨𝙩 𝙤𝙛 𝙝𝙚𝙧 𝙨𝙝𝙤𝙚𝙨 𝙗𝙚𝙝𝙞𝙣𝙙 𝙛𝙤𝙧 𝙣𝙤𝙬, 𝙗𝙪𝙩 𝙩𝙝𝙚𝙧𝙚 𝙬𝙖𝙨 𝙣𝙤 𝙬𝙖𝙮 𝙞𝙣 𝙝𝙚𝙡𝙡 𝙨𝙝𝙚 𝙬𝙖𝙨 𝙜𝙤𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙩𝙤 𝙢𝙤𝙫𝙚 𝙩𝙤 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙨𝙤𝙪𝙩𝙝𝙚𝙧𝙣 𝙘𝙤𝙣𝙩𝙞𝙣𝙚𝙣𝙩 𝙬𝙞𝙩𝙝𝙤𝙪𝙩 𝙖𝙡𝙡 𝙤𝙛 𝙝𝙚𝙧 𝙗𝙤𝙤𝙠𝙨. Yes, both 𝗦𝗮𝗺 and 𝗖𝗲𝗹𝗮𝗲𝗻𝗮 decide to go away. Leave Arobynn behind and start a new life but do you think he'd let them go so easily? Someone told Celaena "𝘌𝘷𝘦𝘳𝘺𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘩𝘢𝘴 𝘢 𝘱𝘳𝘪𝘤𝘦" but whatever they paid Arobynn wasn't the actual price. 𝙎𝙝𝙚 𝙬𝙤𝙪𝙡𝙙 𝙣𝙤𝙩 𝙗𝙧𝙚𝙖𝙠. This novella is very sad. But I liked it. I'll be writing about the characters on 𝑻𝒉𝒆 𝑨𝒔𝒔𝒂𝒔𝒔𝒊𝒏'𝒔 𝑩𝒍𝒂𝒅𝒆's review.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Alex ☣ Deranged KittyCat ☣

    That's all I can say after reading The Assassin and the Empire. Arobynn Hamel deserves a slow, painful death while seeing Celaena enjoying his torture with a smile. I can't wait to read about his demise. My only complaint with this novella is Celaena and Sam's platonic relationship. They lived for over a month together and nothing happened? Seriously? I know this is YA, but still! It seems out of place. And I can't shake off the feeling that Chaol is so much like Sam. I kept thinking this througho That's all I can say after reading The Assassin and the Empire. Arobynn Hamel deserves a slow, painful death while seeing Celaena enjoying his torture with a smile. I can't wait to read about his demise. My only complaint with this novella is Celaena and Sam's platonic relationship. They lived for over a month together and nothing happened? Seriously? I know this is YA, but still! It seems out of place. And I can't shake off the feeling that Chaol is so much like Sam. I kept thinking this throughout all five novellas. Anyway, I'm glad I read The Assassin's Blade. It made me love this series and captured my attention in a way Throne of Glass didn't. So if you're not impressed with the first book in the series, keep reading. You might miss on something very good based on first impression.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Dana Al-Basha دانة الباشا

    I think this was the most haunting of all the short stories. We see Celaena and Sam falling in love, we witness Arobynn's obsession and revenge on Celaena, see her lose someone she loves, gets betrayed again and sent to Endovier;the one thing that made me halt is my suspension that Arobynn and the King knew who she truly was and that's why they didn't want anyone to see her. Which makes Arobynn betrayal worst and his lust for her even more disturbing. Which makes the King agreement on her stay i I think this was the most haunting of all the short stories. We see Celaena and Sam falling in love, we witness Arobynn's obsession and revenge on Celaena, see her lose someone she loves, gets betrayed again and sent to Endovier;the one thing that made me halt is my suspension that Arobynn and the King knew who she truly was and that's why they didn't want anyone to see her. Which makes Arobynn betrayal worst and his lust for her even more disturbing. Which makes the King agreement on her stay in his place weirder. "My name is Celaena Sardothien and i will not be afraid." I love this sentence, even if she was afraid, she is brave.

  24. 5 out of 5

    _racheljane_

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This novella broke my heart. I honestly didn’t think that I was going to be able to deal with it. I already knew what was going to happen to sam because I have read the throne of glass series. I loved Sam so much and his death really affected me. I kinda wish I read these novellas before I read throne of glass for a different perspective. Honestly, anyone should read these, whether they have read any of the throne of glass books or not.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Leah Bosward

    Ohh the feels. Sarah has written such an amazing backstory for Celaena. I'm in tears.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Pragya

    Finally, I got to know how Sam died and Celaena ended up in the Endovier. It was an okay read for me. Farran killed Sam so horribly.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Grace (LovingDemBooks) Z.

    Buy this book HERE on Amazon or buy this book HERE on BookDepository with FREE WORLDWIDE SHIIPPING 4 of 5 stars (Please read my rating system further below). THAT WAS SO SO SO SO SAD. I LOVED HOW WE FOUND OUT WHERE "MY NAME IS CELEANA SARDOTHIEN AND I WILL NOT BE AFRIAD" CAME FROM :D I LOVE SAM, AND I ALWAYS WILL. TEAM SAM. FOREVER. SCREW JAYNE AND FARRAN. My rating system: (I do use half stars.) 5 - I do not use the 5 star. Not because a book might not be worthy, but because a book is neve Buy this book HERE on Amazon or buy this book HERE on BookDepository with FREE WORLDWIDE SHIIPPING 4 of 5 stars (Please read my rating system further below). THAT WAS SO SO SO SO SAD. I LOVED HOW WE FOUND OUT WHERE "MY NAME IS CELEANA SARDOTHIEN AND I WILL NOT BE AFRIAD" CAME FROM :D I LOVE SAM, AND I ALWAYS WILL. TEAM SAM. FOREVER. SCREW JAYNE AND FARRAN. My rating system: (I do use half stars.) 5 - I do not use the 5 star. Not because a book might not be worthy, but because a book is never perfect. 4 - I loved it! There weren't too many flaws, and I had no trouble getting through it. (A 4 star rating is the highest rating I've ever given a book.) 3 - I enjoyed the book, but there we're flaws that made me enjoy it less. 2 - I finished the book, but there were too many flaws for me to enjoy it. 1 - I could not finish the book, and I probably did not finish it....

  28. 4 out of 5

    Nicole

    3.75 stars

  29. 4 out of 5

    Shannon

    I held out on finishing this one until I was ready to read the next book, and I'm glad I did. This final novella was heartbreaking. I legitimately cried even though I knew what was coming since I read Throne of Glass before any of the short stories. I can't tell you what order is right, but I think these prequels will make you like Celaena more than if you skip them altogether. If you're on the fence about her, the four stories (which easily could've been one whole book,) flesh out her character I held out on finishing this one until I was ready to read the next book, and I'm glad I did. This final novella was heartbreaking. I legitimately cried even though I knew what was coming since I read Throne of Glass before any of the short stories. I can't tell you what order is right, but I think these prequels will make you like Celaena more than if you skip them altogether. If you're on the fence about her, the four stories (which easily could've been one whole book,) flesh out her character so much more than the first book does. It's odd that these side stories were left out the way they were, because I think they're integral in understanding Celaena's actions in the subsequent novel. I know a lot of people were disappointed with Throne of Glass, but I found that the more prequels I read, the more I liked Celaena, and the more entrenched I became in the world. I look forward to the next in the series now, more so than I did before. If you have the time and are at all interested in this series, I say give the novellas a chance. They might just make you see Celaena in a different light.

  30. 4 out of 5

    hayden

    even though I knew what was coming, it still hit me right in the gut. :(

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