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The Assassin and the Empire by Sarah J. Maas
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Jul 20, 2012

it was amazing

So with the long awaited release of Throne of Glass only 2 weeks away, I was dyyying to finally read the last prequel novella.
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 anything, the author's love for her characters and her absolute mastery of their reactions, their feelings, how she brings them to life, will make you feel every punch, rip, triumph, and loss that the characters experience - emotionally and physically. The books have depth, it's not only the main events stringing along, but all the little details. Her love of folklore and mythology shines through; the world is real, vibrating, and huge. Celaena has an amazing journey and destiny ahead of her, and I can't wait to start on it with her soon.

Now I'll go back to fetal-position whimpering while I mourn the loss of this story's Celeana, while I come to terms with everything that has been lost and cruelly taken, and while my heart glows with admiration for her strength to continue on and grow to be who she's destined to be.

Here's to, in my opinion, the start of one of literature's finest heroes.
Thanks Sarah J. Maas, for being awesomely talented and a great person too. Your stories remind me about all the reasons I fell in love with books.
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Zeinab Spot on, Chantal! Seriously. You put my feelings into words! And I couldn't agree with you more on Celaena being one of literature's finest heroes! For Celaena - and Sarah J. Maas - for being completely made of awesome! And so, so talented!
Thank you, that was an awesome review. :)

Now, back to fetal-position. My heart needs piecing

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