The Assassin and the Empire| Short Review

August 25, 2014 Reviews 16

The Assassin and the Empire| Short ReviewThe Assassin and the Empire by Sarah J. Maas
Series: Throne of Glass #0.5
Published by Bloomsbury USA Childrens on July 20, 2012
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Pages: 94
Format: Hardcover
Source: Purchased

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 . . .

Read as part of the Anthology: The Assassin's Balde
The Assassin's Blade

My Initial Reaction…

The Assassin and the Empire was so good! As long as you understand that by good I mean devastating and fury-inducing. I knew this was how it would end, and yet somehow I’m still overwhelmed.

The Good…

This is going to be the suckiest review because everything I want to say would be a huge spoiler if you haven’t read either The Assassin and the Empire or Throne of Glass.

What I will say is whether you’ve read Throne of Glass or not, I think you’ll just FEEL where The Assassin and the Empire is headed. And you’ll love hating it. You’ve read those books right? They infuriate you. You want to shake characters and let them know they’re making some of the stupidest decisions they could possibly make. You want to DESTROY the bad guy. And not nicely. I mean you want to make him/her feel every ounce of how horrible s/he is.

That’s how I felt reading The Assassin and the Empire. By time I finished (in 1 sitting BTW), I was on a war path. Which was healthy, because without the anger, I probably would have been sobbing.

The Bad…

After all that Good, you know I’ve got nothing here, right? All GOOD.

Concluding Sentiments…

I’m so geared up to read Crown of Midnight after finishing this. Since I can’t wreak bloody vengeance I’m just dying to read about Celaena doing it! So glad I know she’s not a softy!


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About Sarah J. Maas

Sarah J Mass

Sarah J. Maas lives in Southern California, and over the years, she has developed an unhealthy appreciation for Disney movies and bad pop music. She adores fairy tales and ballet, drinks too much coffee, and watches absolutely rubbish TV shows. When she’s not busy writing YA fantasy novels, she can be found exploring the California coastline.


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Berls has been a book lover her whole life. She reads pretty much every genre and is currently working hard at making her childhood dream of becoming an author come true. She loves sharing her thoughts about books, blogging, and just random fun stuff. She's a challenge and read-a-thon junkie, so it's no wonder that she loves co-hosting the COYER reading challenge. Leave a comment, Berls is always happy to chat!

16 Responses to “The Assassin and the Empire| Short Review”

    • Berls

      Yes! I read the first book and then went back to the novellas and while that worked, I think I would have enjoyed both the book and the novellas if I’d read them in the right order. For one, there’s a character referred to in the book that I didn’t know who s/he was and I think I missed the emotion of it because of that. And then reading the novellas, I knew who that character was and I also knew where the story was headed, so I wasn’t as surprised. I have a friend who thinks the novellas were good for after the book, though, so it could be preference thing. If you do decide to read the novellas I recommend picking up the collection – The Assassin’s Blade – it has all of them (one you can only get in this book) and is much cheaper than buying each ebook individually.
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    • Berls

      Naomi you should totally read the novellas! I don’t always read novellas for series – so often they feel like a waste of my time & money – but these have been a total treat. I’m starting Crown of Midnight soon and can’t wait πŸ™‚
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  1. Bookworm Brandee

    Well, it’s very telling about how well written this is, Berls, that it incited such an emotional response. πŸ™‚ This is a series I hope to dive into before the end of the year…especially after all the gushing you’ve done. I’m so thrilled you were so infuriated you can’t wait for Celaena to wreak bloody vengeance!
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    • Berls

      Oh yes, please read it πŸ™‚ And start with the novellas, don’t read backwards like I did! I mean, it will still be good, but I really think the novellas should come first. Plus I’d be curious to know what you think reading in the right order!
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    • Berls

      I know, I hate when that happens! I’m always afraid I’m going to ruin something, it can be hard! Don’t stay out of the loop – this one is worth dropping a few things and jumping in! Between (your) Jessica and Michelle I knew I had to read it and I haven’t been disappointed.
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  2. Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    I’ve been keeping up with this series and I can’t wait until the third book comes out shortly. I generally don’t read companion short stories or novellas etc. that go along with an existing series so I’ve never really looked at this one, but I’ve been told it’s worth it. And your review sort of confirms that, so I might look into it πŸ™‚
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    • Berls

      I don’t typically read the companion novellas either, but I was told by someone I really trust that I wanted to with this series and I haven’t been disappointed. I plan to start reading Crown of Midnight this week and then I’ll be able to pick of the third one right away πŸ™‚
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