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The Assassin and the Empire is the last out of the five novellas, prior to the Throne of Glass. It was released by July 20'th 2012, and counts 94 pages. It is the last novella in The Assassin's Blade.


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 fifth 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!


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 hold of a contract that could finally get him and Celaena away from all this, but this contract is dangerous; way more dangerous than they can ever imagine.

Sam suggested they moved away from Rifthold, not a town away but a whole ocean away from Arobynn. But since they can’t escape Arobynn that easily, they need to pay a parting fee first or they’ll be hunted down by other assassins. Seeming to have no other choice, it had to be done. Luckily, they got a hold of a contract that can get them out. And here is where the pieces of the puzzle come into place.