Epic Musings & Debuts

by Brandi Ziegler

A word after a word after a word is power.

~Margaret Atwood


So last week I celebrated my 26th birthday. Such an anticlimactic age! I’ve been reflecting on this last year of my journey to publication. No agent yet, but almost a complete third novel. Writing is something I still love to do. Whether these ideas on a page will get published or not is a dream I’ll keep striving for. In the meantime I’ll keep writing. And reading.

I went a little overboard with books. My husband made the mistake of taking me to Barnes & Noble on my birthday and letting me go all out. I plan on recommending a few good reads over the next few weeks.

Not everything I bought was in paper form. Let’s start with the final e-book installation of Sarah J. Maass’ novella series, The Assassin and the Empire. You’ve seen me mention them before here. This last novella… my God, Sarah left me winded with this one. Here’s a description from her website:

Celaena Sardothien is the assassin with everything: a place to call her own, the love of handsome Sam, and, best of all, freedom. But Celaena won’t be truly free until she is far away from her old master, Arobynn Hamel – so she and Sam decide to take one last daring assignment that will liberate them forever. And that’s how Celaena learns that having everything… means everything can be taken away.




It’s no secret that I’m an epic fantasy fan, and Sarah truly delivers in this final novella installment. Vivid fight scenes, cruel royalty, brutal betrayals, true love. I’ve been a fan of Sarah’s ever since she posted Throne of Glass (formerly Queen of Glass) on FictionPress in 2002. I was a late fan. The entire story was posted before I got to it. Which means I stayed up late for days devouring every word. I still remember the email she sent to her yahoo fan group announcing ToG was going to be published.

Yesterday she wrote this super sweet letter to all us FP fans for sticking with her all this time. It’s been a long, wonderful journey for this generous, talented author and I’m super excited for her.

ToG releases today. Not only do I suggest that you buy Throne of Glass immediately, but also check out her four novellas that delve deep into Celaena Sardothien’s past. Celaena’s story will always be with me, and has influenced my writing greatly over the years. Adarlan’s Assassin is a badass and you need to get to know her.

I cannot wait to see what Sarah will do next.

Have you read Throne of Glass yet or the e-novellas? What do you think?