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

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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...more
Kindle Edition, 94 pages
Published July 20th 2012 by Bloomsbury USA Children's
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Rebecca ♥ Mat Cauthon ♥
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.
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.
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...more
Cecilia
Se avevo voglia di piangere dopo la lettura della terza, ora che ho finito questa voglio proprio affogarci nelle lacrime. Tutto così intenso che proprio no, non ce la faccio a commentare decentemente. Pensi che un racconto di poche paginette non possa lasciarti granché e poi arriva Sam, con quella sua tenerezza assoluta, poi arriva Celeana che più fragile di così non era mai stata, e no, ciao, datemi dei fazzoletti. Non ce la faccio.
Sarah J. Maas, fattelo dire, sei proprio una stronza sadica. Ti...more
The Holy Terror
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...more
Janus Vielle (The Blair Book Project)
Celaena is now living in her own home, along with Sam, away from the Assassin’s Keep and Arobynn Hamel. However, not being able to leave in good terms with their old master, Celaena and Sam are struggling to get food on the table and their money is diminishing each day. They haven’t gotten a single contract ever since they left the Keep. Even though they have already bought their freedom, they are not free of Arobynn’s reigns unless they leave Rifthold. Anxious to be free from this man, Sam gets...more
Claudia

"Non voleva vivere in un mondo in cui lui non c'era. Così guardò la luce spostarsi e cambiare, e lasciò che il mondo andasse avanti senza di lei."


Sarah J. Maas, tu sei una donna cattiva, un essere spregevole U_U
TU, brutta puzzona che non sei altro, sei riuscita a farmi innamorare follemente di un personaggio in meno di quattro racconti per poi cosa? Togliermelo via così? *!#"@!...ARGH!!
Non potevi crearne uno meno perfetto? Magari spocchioso ed irritante? O anche noioso e insulso? Eh no, sennò c...more
Ale
Oddio oddio oddio
NO.
NON PUOI FARE UNA COSA DEL GENERE.
Se con solo quattro novelle Sarah J. Maas è riuscita a spezzare in minuscoli pezzetti il mio cuore e il mio cervello, dovrò prepararmi psicologicamente per Il Trono di Ghiaccio D:
I need it. NOW. *supplicainginocchio*
Krispy
2.5 stars. I originally rounded this up because I quite enjoyed certain aspects of the novella and I thought it was a fitting lead-in to the novel, but I ended up rounding it down again because there were a few things that nagged me while I was reading that nagged me even more as I thought about the story in hindsight.

But let's talk good things first because I like starting and ending on a positive note when possible.

Celaena's arrogance was toned down in this novella, and I liked seeing her face...more
Monserrat Maxfield Markov
Me dije: no te encariñes con Sam, sabes como termina.

Y véanme aquí sufriendo y llorando como una magdalena.
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¡Quiero venganza Celaena! Me duela más como murió Sam, como lo dejaron...

Sam en cierto modo me recuerda a Chaol y creo que mi corazón ya tiene bando.
Tammie
I knew this one was going to break my heart. That's why I put off reading these prequels for so long. We find out how Sam dies in this one. It's one thing to just read about someone who has died, but to get to know them and then have to lose them in the story is so much worse. This is truly a sad story and I could see it all unfolding even when Celaena and Sam couldn't. I was shouting at the characters in my head to not be so foolish, to realize what was going on, what was going to happen! I now...more
Fontaine
For a girl who's so arrogant and claims to be one of the best, she sure falls short of her own declaration.

The actions of Calaena was stupid and made no sense.
All the events that occurred could have been avoided if our 'heroine' wasn't so blindingly idiotic.

This book was supposed to be tragic, but was so horribly stupid it turned moronic.
What happens to our heroine in the end is well-deserved, but I feel very sad for Sam where the violence was undeserved.

Any sensible person could have seen what...more
Uche
I haven't decided what I'll be rating this book because while I enjoyed a lot about the story, it's been getting harder to suspend belief over decisions the protagonist makes. I won't spoil anything, but the tragic events that put the heroine in chains at the end of the story* just struck me as contrived. I couldn't feel sad or shocked or even mad because I found the actions of the heroine and her lover just too... well, idiotic to make any sense. You know what they say about fool me once, shame...more
Debs
Questa, cara Sarah J. Maas, non te la perdono. Sappilo.
Dánae
Mar 09, 2014 Dánae rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: TODO EL MUNDO.
"Se guardaría a Sam en el corazón, una luz brillante que sacaría cada vez que las tinieblas la invadieran. Entonces recordaría cómo era sentirse amada, cuando el mundo no albergaba nada más que una gran posibilidad. No importaba lo que le hicieran, jamás le podrían arrebatar aquello."



No puedo creer que en tan pocas páginas haya sentido tanto. En serio, es algo que creo no puedo explicar.

Me parece que hay demasiados personajes literarios que me desagradan, pero Arobynn Hamel sin duda es uno de lo...more
Lauren
Review also posted here.

Oh gosh. I really loved this, as I did the previous three novellas, but in an angry, bitter sort of way. That ending! I sort of felt like I'd been sucker punched. What's worse is that somewhere between The Assassin and the Pirate Lord and The Assassin and the Desert I REALIZED with horror that this was going to happen but tried to push it out of my mind. Let me explain:

The Assassin and the Empire is the fourth and last novella released in anticipation of Sarah J Maas' upc...more
Margarita
“Celaena." She looked back at him, her red gown sweeping around her. His eyes shone as he flashed her a crooked grin. "I missed you this summer." She met his stare unflinchingly, returning the smile as she said, "I hate to admit it, Sam Cortland, but I missed your sorry ass, too.”


Is it possible to ship Celaena to two guys?!? YES! I love Chaol but seriously.. Sam won his way to my heart. There's really no stopping it from happening.

"I can wait," he said thickly, kissing her collarbone. "We hav
...more
Angigames
Sarah J Maas sei una maledettissima sadica.
Il mio cuore ha fatto CRACK.
Non ti perdonerò mai.
Ps: Arobynn spero tu possa crepare di una morte lunga e dolorosa. Ti voglio morto stecchito.
Dark Faerie Tales
Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales

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.

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...more
Douglas Meeks
The Assassin and the Empire (Throne of Glass, #0.4)The Assassin and the Empire by Sarah J. Maas

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Anyone who has been reading these excellent novellas knew this was not going to be a happy reading experience. the teaser for the novel Throne of Glass was included in the back of the last novella and those of us (like me) who stupidly read it already knew there was going to be a bad ending here, what we did NOT know was how bad it was going to be. Our plucky Assassin we have traveled through 4 novellas with now has hit bottom,...more
Erin Bowman
Having read ToG ages ago, I knew exactly where Celaena (and Sam) would be at the end of this novella, but it was still my favorite of the four. Yes, it was terribly frustrating. Yes, I wanted to scream at the two of them (mostly Celaena) the entire time. Yes, it was painful and tragic and depressing as hell, but it still ends with a glimmer of hope, and I am so glad I read it.

My favorite part of these novellas has been watching Celaena’s character arc. Some might claim she hasn’t changed. And in...more
Sarah
The Assassin and the Empire is the fourth prequel novella released in the run up to Sarah J Maas' debut novel Throne of Glass. You don't need to read these stories in order to understand the novel but they do give more of an insight into main character Celaena and the events that happen in the year leading up to the beginning of the book so I would definitely recommend them. I would suggest reading the novellas in order though and it would be better to read them before Throne of Glass.

In this no...more
Ellisa Cia
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Alex
Soltanto due parole: tristezza e rabbia!
Henrietta
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 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 orde...more
Chantal Mason
So with the long awaited release of Throne of Glass only 2 weeks away, I was dyyying to finally read the last prequel novella.
And...
This book broke me on so many levels. A novel hasn't made me cry, in a very very long time, and I know this heaviness in my heart will be with me for days. I think here more than ever I can remember why reading the original ToG all those years ago had such an affect on me. The writing style, the weave of the story, the carefully selected prose, and more than anythin...more
Ruby Black
Simply, one of the best series of stories I've read this year. Sarah J. Maas has undeniable talent when it comes to building her characters. Her fantastical universe is worth reading just for the amazing characterizations. Her protagonist, Celaena Sardothien is the epitome of a strong heroine living in a male dominated world; she is the re-introduction to feminism for the new generation.

Never felt such a myriad of conflicting feelings at once. Maas captures your attention from the first novella...more
Marika
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Robin (Bridge Four)
3.5 Stars

“She had believed she could love Sam and not pay the price. Everything has a price, she'd once been told by a Spidersilk merchant in the Red Desert. How right he was.”

We all knew it was coming. I mean if you read Throne of Glass you knew that Celaena ended up in Endovier because she was betrayed and her very first love had been killed. But this is the novella that tells of the exact moment when Celaena goes from being Adarlan’s Assassin to its prisoner.

This was a harder novella for me...more
Maharet
"Celaena era fuoco,era oscurità,era polvere e sangue e ombra. "

Quando leggi un libro e ti ritrovi a soffrire con la protagonista,a sentire il mondo che la circonda dalle descrizioni,ecco hai trovato un libro scritto bene,"vivo",carico di emozioni e sentimenti...Sarah J. Maas ha del potenziale,ti ammalia,ti fa soffrire,ti fa sognare,ti trascina in un nuovo mondo,fatto di duelli,intrighi,passioni,tradimenti,amore,disperazione.Assolutamente consigliato!

"Mi chiamo Celaena Sardothien e non avrò paura...more
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Sarah J. Maas is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Throne of Glass series (Heir of Fire, Book 3, will be out in September 2014). Starting in Spring 2015, her New Adult Fantasy series, A Court of Thorns and Roses, will be published by Bloomsbury as well.

Sarah lives in Southern California, and over the years, she has developed an unhealthy appreciation for Disney movies and...more
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