Assassin and the Empire. Read it.

As a fan of the Throne of Glass novellas, it’s kind of hard to see the last one release today…

To know there won’t be more stories before we’re thrust into the actual series of Throne of Glass… It actually makes my heart ache. Sure, I am absolutely elated at the prospect of the series beginning…but I’ll also be sad to see young, fearless Celaena go.

And go she does—young Celaena is no more at the end of this novella. Nor, I’m afraid, was my heart. This novella—The Assassin and the Empire—ripped my heart to shreds and didn’t put it back together. I know this was Sarah’s intent (to show us how truly awful things were for Celaena before the start of THRONE OF GLASS), but honestly: nothing prepared me for just how devastating Celaena’s life turned.

And nothing prepared me for just how much this devastation—and Celaena’s ultimate overcoming of it—would move me.

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…

I’ll be honest guys: this novella made me weep like a baby. For hours. Then it thrust me into an emotional funk. For days. Why are you trying to write? my brain demanded. You’re a hack! THIS is what real storytelling is!

But then, amazingly enough, I took some advice from Celaena’s book, and I pulled myself together and vowed to keep on going. This book might be absolutely heartbreaking, but it’s also absolutely uplifting.

Without a doubt, it’s my favorite of the four novellas. The Assassin and the Pirate Lord is my favorite for fun and adventure. The Assassin and the Desert is my favorite for character growth and friendship. The Assassin and the Underworldis my favorite for romance and action. And then came along The Assassin and the Empire…and it’s my favorite for deep, gut-wrenching emotion. For powerful love and even more powerful strength of character.

I honestly don’t know how I’ll survive the next 2 weeks before Throne of Glass is in stores.

To celebrate the release of the fourth and final novella in the Throne of Glass series (or at least pre-book-release novella…I pray there will be more novellas further down the road!), we’re giving away a copy here on Pub(lishing) Crawl! All you have to do is fill out the form below and leave a comment telling us if YOU’VE read the novellas yet. If you have, which was your favorite?

And make sure to spread the word about The Assassin and the Empire!

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35 Responses to Assassin and the Empire. Read it.

  1. Christina K. Jul 20 2012 at 4:44 am #

    I haven’t read the novellas, but Throne of Glass is a must-read:)

    Thank you:)

  2. Laura Hughes Jul 20 2012 at 5:10 am #

    I’m not entering the contest because I already pre-ordered ASSASSIN AND THE EMPIRE, but I just wanted to tell Sarah how much I LOVE the novellas! They’ve gotten me so excited for THRONE OF GLASS. My favourite so far has been ASSASSIN AND THE DESERT, but I have a feeling that might change after Sooz’s stellar review of this one!!

  3. andrea b Jul 20 2012 at 5:53 am #

    I’ve read the novellas and my favorite so far is The Assassin and the Desert… but I’m really really nervous about what’s going to happen on this one (I can’t afford to be emotionally scarred without knowing what will happen in ToG for 2 weeks! I just know that it’s going to be unbearable…)

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  4. Natalie Aguirre Jul 20 2012 at 7:22 am #

    I haven’t read any of the novellas but I can’t wait for Glass of Thrones to come out. Thanks for the giveaway.

  5. Chantal Jul 20 2012 at 8:30 am #

    I’m going to repost the review I put up on goodreads and my facebook and whatnot, sorry! No spoilers~

    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.

  6. Peggy Eddleman Jul 20 2012 at 9:11 am #

    I haven’t read any of the novelas, but after this!!! Oh my goodness. Must get my hands on them NOW.

  7. Megan Duff Jul 20 2012 at 9:13 am #


    For weeks I’ve been like “I should really get on to…*shiny thing**distracted*” No more of that! I am getting them right now 😀

    Thanks Sooz for kicking my but into gear!

  8. Holly Dodson Jul 20 2012 at 9:16 am #

    Augh! I cannot wait to sit down this weekend and read it! Though I’m not looking forward to the broken heart. I have LOVED all of the novellas thus far, and have been waiting on pins and needles for this one. 🙂

  9. Kimberly C Jul 20 2012 at 9:19 am #

    I haven’t read any of them yet but I really want to. I’ve heard wonderful things about them!

  10. Lynn K Jul 20 2012 at 11:08 am #

    The third one! I can’t wait for Throne of Glass! >__<

  11. Alexa Love Books Jul 20 2012 at 11:46 am #

    I have not yet read any of the novellas (which I must remedy), but I LOVED Throne of Glass <3

  12. Krispy Jul 20 2012 at 12:37 pm #

    Yeah, I was going to enter this giveaway and then I realized I can’t wait. I’m off to buy the novella now! My favorite was The Assassin and the Desert, and I can’t wait to finally read Throne of Glass!

  13. Heather Jul 20 2012 at 1:02 pm #

    Are the novellas only viewable on an e-reader? Like…can I just read them online?? Maybe that’s a dumb question, but honestly I’ve been too lazy to look into it myself–I’ve been telling myself I’ll save the novellas to help me be patient for Book 2…

    But hey, why not enter to win one? =)

  14. Haley Jul 20 2012 at 2:32 pm #

    I read all of them!!!
    They were so good!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  15. Hannah Jul 20 2012 at 3:59 pm #

    I haven’t read any of them yet, I’ve been waiting for the book to release so I can blow through all of them and then read the first book with no torturous wait time!

  16. Joy Jul 20 2012 at 9:20 pm #

    I’ve read all the novellas as well as Sarah’s first draft way back on fictionpress. I love ‘The Assassin and the Desert’ the most as it really encapsulates how far Calaena as come as well as her human side. The character developments were flawless, as well as the storytelling.

    Just bought the fourth novella and will be spending the weekend gobbling it up!

  17. Vicky Castro Jul 20 2012 at 10:35 pm #

    Is this giveaway international? I coudn’t find the info but I really hope it is. I need to read these novellas ASAP. They sound amazing. I’m just gonna go buy some tissues first. Seems like I might need them!

    • Sooz Jul 20 2012 at 11:01 pm #

      Definitely international! 😀

  18. Annie Jul 20 2012 at 10:50 pm #

    I’m on the third one – I love them ALL so far! I can’t wait for the book!!!

  19. Hillary Jul 20 2012 at 10:52 pm #

    When will there be news on the release of the second and third books?!

  20. Amanda @ Vivalabooks Jul 20 2012 at 11:14 pm #

    Not yet, but I can’t wait to read Throne of Glass!

  21. Elizabeth Wood Jul 20 2012 at 11:16 pm #

    No I have not read them but I would love to 🙂

  22. Dianne Jul 20 2012 at 11:22 pm #

    I haven’t read any but the first book has been on my TBR list for a while. I guess I need to kick it up the pile. 😀

  23. Yuanting Jul 21 2012 at 8:22 am #

    I’ve read the first three novellas and my favourite is definitely THE ASSASSIN AND THE DESERT. It has just the right things for me – adventure, suspense and rich, wonderful storytelling. The world of the Red Desert was absolutely fascinating and I love the relationship between Celaena and Ansel. Can’t wait to see if she reappears in TOG or not. I’m also eagerly waiting to read the THE ASSASSIN AND THE EMPIRE – when I lay my hands on it. 😉

  24. Sarah S Jul 21 2012 at 11:09 am #

    I haven’t read the novellas yet, but I’m planning to. I’ve been saving them up to read right before Throne of Glass releases. It’s been so hard not to cave in and just read them right away, but I knew that I’d be left wanting more. So excited that Throne of Glass is almost here!

  25. Kristy Jul 22 2012 at 1:31 am #

    I haven’t read any of these yet because I’m really impatient, and I know that I’m going to get into this story. I’ll zip right through those novella’s and then be really irritated that I have to wait for the book. So, I’m waiting until the book releases and then I’m going to read them. Sadly, I understand this will backfire since this is supposed to be a series, but man, I’ve been waiting for this book FOREVER and I’m just too excited. So, that’s my plan. 🙂

  26. Julie Li Jul 22 2012 at 2:35 am #

    My favorite was The Desert 🙂

  27. Oh! Paper Pages Jul 23 2012 at 6:06 am #

    I haven’t read any of the novellas, but I did grab an ARC of THRONE OF GLASS at ALA, so I am excited to learn that there are novellas.

  28. Preeti Joan Jul 23 2012 at 9:33 am #

    Ohmygollygosh! I have been waiting for this e-novella for ever! And I have a bad feeling about this one. It’s like there’s something bad going to happen. My favorite was The Assassin and the Underworld. Why? Because of SAM, of course. Hahahaha! I hope I win this one. >.< *crosses fingers*

  29. Sara A. Jul 24 2012 at 4:39 pm #

    I’m getting them soon, finishing the book I am currently on before starting these. I cant wait for throne of glass!

  30. Tiff Pull Jul 24 2012 at 9:59 pm #

    I have not read any of them yet but they are on my TBR list.

  31. Markella Jul 24 2012 at 10:51 pm #

    I only just learned about them but I want to read them!

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