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Review: The Assassin and the Pirate Lord by Sarah J. Maas

Title: The Assassin and the Pirate Lord

Author: Sarah J. Maas

Genre: YA Fantasy

Series: Throne of Glass (Novella #0.1)

Publication Date: January 13, 2012

Format: ebook, 63 Pages

ISBN-10: 1599909545 (Bloomsbury Kids)

ISBN-13: 978-1599909547 (Bloomsbury Kids)

Reviewed by: Kristie


A Throne of Glass novella.

On a remote island in a tropical sea, Celaena Sardothien, feared assassin, has come for retribution. She’s been sent by the Assassin’s Guild to collect on a debt they are owed by the Lord of the Pirates. But when Celaena learns that the agreed payment is not in money, but in slaves, her mission suddenly changes—and she will risk everything to right the wrong she’s been sent to bring about.

Quick & Dirty: Good introductory story into the Throne of Glass series, showing Celaena’s morals and quirks.

Opening Sentence: Seated in the council room of the Assassin’s Keep, Celaena Sardothien leaned back in her chair.

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

Celaena Sardothien proves that she is a stealthy assassin after recovering a fallen comrade at the beginning of this novella before she is sent off with Sam, a fellow assassin, on a mission to recover a great debt from a Pirate Lord. It doesn’t take long before she realizes that she has been sent on a mission to bring back slaves. Celaena doesn’t want any of that. She tries to come up with a plan quickly to free the slaves without getting caught. Unfortunately, plans don’t always go as imagined.

Nice introductory story into Celaena, shows that she has morals even if she is an assassin. Although I was a little disappointed she never actually used her skills in this book, she just kept knocking out her enemies. At sixteen, she is very sure of her skills. She hides her face, so others won’t know what she looks like or how young she is. Her relationship with Sam is at times funny and complicated. I already can’t wait to see where their relationship leads.

Overall, The Assassin and the Pirate Lord is a fun, yet heavy introductory story into the world of the Throne of Glass.

Notable Scene:

He gave her a look so scathing it could have turned her to ash and stalked to the window, ripping his cloak down from the shutters.

“What are you doing?”

He flung open the wooden shutters on a sky full of rain and forked lightning. “I’m sick of suffocating. And if you’re interested in Rolfe, he’s bound to find out what you look like at some point, isn’t he? So why bother slowly roasting to death?”

“Shut the window.” He only crossed his arms. “Shut it,” she growled.

When he made no move to close the window, she jumped to her feet, upsetting the tray of food on her mattress, and shoved him aside hard enough for him to take a step back. Keeping her head down, she shut the window and shutters and threw his cape over the whole thing.

“Idiot,” she seethed. “What’s gotten into you?”

Sam stepped closer, his breath hot on her face. “I’m tired of all the melodrama and nonsense that happens whenever you wear that ridiculous mask and cloak. And I’m even more tired of you ordering me around.”

Throne of Glass Series:

0.1 The Assassin and the Pirate Lord

0.2 The Assassin and the Desert

0.3 The Assassin and the Underworld

0.4 The Assassin and the Empire

1. Throne of Glass

FTC Advisory: I purchased my own copy of The Assassin and the Pirate Lord. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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