Jul 23, 2012

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

Title: The Assassin and the Pirate Lord
Series: Throne of Glass, #0.1
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Format: Kindle eBook
Release Date: January 13, 2012
Publisher: Bloomsbury Children
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"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."

The Assassin and the Pirate Lord is the first of four novella prequels to Throne of Glass. In The Assassin and the Pirate Lord you meet Celaena Sardothien, a 16-year-old assassin, who is good at her job and knows it. Celaena also knows how stunningly beautiful she is. Not gonna lie, Celaena is pretty full of herself. Shes also pretty stuck up and not a very nice person in general. A couple chapters in you get to see Celaena's compassionate side. Celaena works in an Assassins Guild and when she learns that her boss sent her to pick up slaves and not money Celaena is not happy. 

Despite how mean Celaena is at first, I really like her. Now we all know by now that I love a strong, kick-butt female lead and that is most definitely what Celaena is. I think she even rivals Katniss Everdeen in that aspect. The more you read the more you learn of Celaena's insecurities and that her angry, scary demeanour is really just a wall that she puts up to protect herself. When the assassins guild sends Celaena off to see the pirate lord they also send Sam Cortland, a fellow assassin who is about the same age as Celaena. Celaena hates Sam, but I personally like him and want to see more of Sam.

The Assassin and the Pirate Lord is short, I believe that it was about 65 pages long, but I got really into the storyline and the characters. In that 65 pages or so Maas got me addicted to Celaena and her world and I'm dying for more! When an author can tell a whole story that captivates you in such a short amount of time I think it shows how well they write and I can not wait until I can read a full novel by Sarah J. Maas. The Assassin and the Pirate Lord is something I think that everyone needs to read immediately.