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{February 16, 2013}   {Review} The Assassin and the Pirate Lord by Sarah J. Maas (Throne of Glass #0.1)

13415554From Goodreads: 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.


This is the very first novella in the Throne of Glass series, and to be quite honest, I can’t say whether it should be read prior to the first full novel in the series, or after.  I know it’s meant to be read first, since it came out prior to the first full novel in order to whet readers’ appetites, but I personally feel like it should be read after the first novel.

While I enjoyed the novella, I don’t think it had the same amount of spunk and characterization as Throne of Glass, which makes sense since it’s a much shorter piece and there isn’t as much time to devote to the laying out of character.  But, if I was a new reader to the series and I started with this novella, I’m not certain I’d feel enough connection to want to read on.  Hence, I suggest reading it backwards, as that’s how I read it, and I went in to this novella knowing a lot about Celaena’s personality, which was very helpful.  See, I already knew Celaena to be a truly caring individual, though haughty, whereas this novella makes her out to be a bit too conceited for my liking—though she is young and hasn’t had as many experiences to knock her down a bit.

But, anyway, this is a great read for those who want to know more about Celaena’s background prior to her capture and time in the slave mines.  Throne of Glass alludes to Celaena’s life as a great assassin before her betrayal, and this novella (along with the three that follow it, I’m sure explores her adventures prior to the first novel.  What we learn is that Celaena is a very good assassin with a great moral standing.  She feels bound to do what is right, regardless of orders, though her conceit is a bit jarring and overwhelming.  However, like I stated above, this is a short read that’s very fast paced, and I had a little difficulty connecting to Celaena and the new characters as I didn’t feel they were completely fleshed out.  As it’s only 70 pages, I understand that Maas doesn’t have the time to flesh them all out to the same degree as Throne of Glass, which is why I enjoyed reading it after I finished the first story.  Three stars.

3 stars

I purchased this novella from Amazon.

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