23 April 2013

The Assassin and the Pirate Lord Review by Sarah J Maas

What they say: 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.

What I say: After thoroughly enjoying Throne of Glass, I was giddy with excitement at the idea of reading more about Celaena's earlier life. The Assassin and the Pirate Lord is set around 2 years before the events in Throne of Glass. Our bad ass Cinderella, Celaena is back. 

Arobynn sends Celeana and fellow assassin (the extremely handsome) Sam, on a mission to recover payment from the pirate Lord/leader Rolfe. The payment is in slaves, which doesn't go down well with Celeana! For those who have read Throne of Glass you'll know what happens, but it was good to see the events play out and gain a greater insight into Celaena's life as an assassin. Maas also hints at the impending betrayal and provides numerous hints about the forthcoming unrest.

I really liked the spark between Celeana and Sam. I have to say that in the main novel I'm still torn between Prince Dorian and Chaol, but I definitely approve of Sam here. He seems to suit her well and manages to lessen her often impulsive behaviour.

As a novella, the story is short but most definitely worth a read, plus it's currently only 65p on Amazon UK!

4 Stars in my Sky!

My fav non-spoilery quotes:
  • She'd forgotten how she must appear - faceless, cloak waving behind her, striding past them like Death itself.
  • After all, she was an assassin, not a murderer.
  • "We have a choice," she breathed. "Maybe not when we were children - when it was Arobynn or death - but now... Now you and I have a choice in the things we do."
  • No, Sam couldn't be so stupid that he'd get himself killed. She'd... She'd... Well, she'd kill him if he was dead.

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