3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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 novella Celaena and Sam have paid back their debt to Arobynn but if they ever want to be free of his influence over their lives they must risk it all in order to make enough money to leave him and Rifthold far behind. But how much will this latest job really cost them and is it a price they are prepared to pay?
As I have already read an advanced copy of Throne of Glass I had actually given myself a major spoiler for this final prequel novella. Even though I knew one of the major things that would happen I still found myself holding my breath as I was reading just hoping that I would be proved wrong. I think if I hadn't already known what was going to happen I would have been shocked to the core as events played out, I know when I was reading the book I was horrified but it did mean that the novella didn't have quite as much impact as it should have done. Anyone reading this having only read the first 3 novellas should be prepared for an emotional ride though and possibly keep the tissues on hand just in case!
I have thoroughly enjoyed each of the novellas and I loved Throne of Glass so would definitely recommend the series to any fantasy fan. I can't wait to see what Sarah J Maas comes up with next!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 26 July 2012
This is the fourth and final throne of glass novella in which Sam and Celaena are living together and trying to get enough money to leave Rifthold for good by doing one last but dangerous assignment.
This novella is heart breaking but it is nice to know how Celaena ends up where she is at the beginning of throne of glass. Celaena does make a lot of mistakes in this book but she is still a really interesting character which I have liked getting to know.
I love the relationship between Celaena and Sam but I'm annoyed about how this storyline ends, but I can see why it needs to happen this way for Celaena story to progress.
I love how Maas makes you really care about the character even in a story as short as this and I am counting down the days until throne of glass comes out and I hope it is as good as the novellas suggest it will be.
on 4 September 2012
This was actually my favorite of the four Throne of Glass Novellas. We finally get to see how Celaena ended up in the Endovier salt mine prison and we get confirmation of who double crossed her to send her there.
I continued with my observations that Celaena acts like a brat in this book. Yes I know that sounds harsh... I do love her as a character I really do but there were just a few more scenes that I was finding it hard to connect the girl from these novellas to the girl we get to see in Throne of Glass. There was one scene where Sam (the man she loves) hugs her and she smells her lavender soap on him. They are discussing their future and moving away from Adarlan and from under the thumb of Arobynn Hamel and all she is thinking in her head is about how she needs to hide her nice soap and put inexpensive soap out for Sam. She is quite obsessed with fancy clothes, nice things, etc... I just didn't get that vibe from her in Throne of Glass, but again that novel was after her year in the salt mines so I am sure she had a bit of an attitude adjustment during her time in prison.
***POSSIBLE SPOILER*** As I had read the full length novel first, I already knew Sam's fate from the start of the first novella. It didn't stop me from falling for him during these novellas or from getting upset when he was murdered in this one. It was a very sad scene when she finally sees his body. She did love him, although I do not remember a time where she actually said it to him. Sam has said it to her but she never repeats it. Obviously she showed him her love by picking to be with him over Arobynn but she never actually said the words from what I can remember. But it is not until his death that I think she really realized just how much she did love him.***POSSIBLE SPOILER***
As before, I am very happy that I read Throne of Glass first and then these four prequel novellas rather than the other way around. I would suggest this order to everybody it may be a good idea to spread the novellas out over the next year. As book 2 is not due out until 2013 (as of right now no date has been set) it would be nice to read one every so often in order to help lead up to book 2. I did like reading these I just found toward the end that reading all four in one go was a bit much.
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on 10 February 2013
I love these books all five of the them!!!! I know a lot of people say you should read the novellas before throne of glass, but I totally disagree. If you read throne of glass first, it makes you want to discover more about celeana sardothien and her past which is referred a lot in the main book. Words can't describe how much I love these books and their story lines. I can't wait until book number two is released, so I can enjoy the the next storyline and adventure. I love the way Sarah J. Maas writes, in the third person yet gives you so much emotion on how the characters are feeling or suggests how they might be feeling. My favourite part about celeana is her cleverness to stay one step a head of the game in which she is being forced to play, by the king of assassins and her fellow master. The other thing I love about these books is how they twist and turn, for example you think you know how it's all going to plan out but then you are presented with a shocking twist and the story takes a turn perhaps for the worst, ad that is one of the elements that keeps you hooked in! I was so shocked at the ending, even through I had a rough idea since I had already read throne of glass. I recommend anyone to read these books with the hope that they will enjoy them as much as I have!!!!!!
on 7 June 2013
So I read 'Throne of Glass' last summer and, while I was impatiently waiting for the next book, 'Crown of Midnight', to be released, I decided to read the prequel novellas. (The order the novellas work in, by the way, are: 'Pirate Lord', 'Desert', 'Underworld' and 'Empire').
I loved them! I know novellas are only little, but I found that I had devoured all four in about two days. Brilliant. Credit to Maas as a writer: even though I have read 'Throne of Glass' and know that certain events would have to happen in the novellas in order for the full-length novel to begin where it does. Yet even knowing this, I found myself shocked by some things as they happened. Sorry, that's so vague, but I don't want to spoil anything!
I love Celaena even more for reading the novellas; depth is really added to her character. I understand why she acts certain ways in the novel, for instance her reluctance for a romantic relationship. I am treating this review as a review of all four novellas because they are all equally worth a read. My personal favourite is 'Desert' if you cared to know. :)
Price-wise, these are fantastic value for money. So go ahead, buy and read them. I don't think you will regret it!