Friday, November 29, 2013

Review: The Assassin and the Pirate Lord

The Assassin and the Pirate Lord by Sarah J. Maas
Throne of Glass #0.1
Published February 16th 2012 by Bloomsbury

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.
So, ever since I finished reading Throne of Glass & Crown of Midnight, I've been bubbling with excitement to get into these prequel novellas! Anything to spend more time with Celaena in her world really - and since book three isn't available for a binge read...yet, this were just what the doctor ordered.

The Assassin and the Pirate Lord is, chronologically speaking, the first book in the Throne of Glass series.  Which means we get a chance to meet the Celaena that was before the events of Throne of Glass, which I was especially curious about.  Since I've already read ToG and CoM, I can't say for sure what kind of a first impression Miss Sardothien would have had on me here if I'd gone into it with fresh eyes.  As it stands, I already have all kinds of love and admiration for the girl so I was just psyched to see her in action once again. I've had issues with cocky characters in the past but I find it looks good on Celaena.  Swagger on girl!

The Assassin and the Pirate Lord takes us on a whirlwind adventure with assassins and a band of pirates on a remote island.  It read exactly as all novellas should: it was an engaging and satisfying addition to the series while adding further insight into an already well established MC.  Throughout ToG & CoM, I was really curious about Celaena's references to her past, to Sam and to Arobynn, the king of Assassins so shedding some light on those aspects turned out to be a real treat!  I was also a big fan of the sheer the intensity of the plot, especially considering it's a novella and not a full-length novel.

All things considered, The Assassin and the Pirate Lord was a pretty badass read. I honestly don't have anything bad to say about this one, it drew me in from the first pages and left me wanting more.  Good thing I have three more novellas to hold me over till March!

10 comments:

  1. I really want to read all of these novellas, but I kind of want to wait for the book that has all of them with an additional story coming out next year. :)

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    1. haha yeah, had I known, I might have waited too. although, I felt like I really *needed* more Celaena in my life, right away...and they were ridiculously cheap too! But I'll definitely be picking up The Assassin's Blade too ;) gotta have that physical copy :D

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  2. I've heard that these novellas are awesome and a must-read for ToG fans, and Celaena + Pirates sounds like a winning combo! I'm also trying to hold out for the print collection of all the stories, but we'll see how long I last. Maybe she could write a novella about Chaol while we wait for the next ToG novel; I most definitely would not mind that at all, LOL!

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    1. hahaha yup, I tried holding out too...clearly I failed XD Mmmm I'm so on board with a Chaol novella!!! ♥ It would tide us over till we at least get a title or a cover for ToG #3!!

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  3. Great review! I loved that one as well, though it's not my favorite of the prequels. I read it on the same day I finished ToG in January because I couldn't wait half a year to return to that world in CoM ^^'' In spring, I went on a binge and read all the other prequels. It was glorious. I hope you'll enjoy them too! It really helps understand about her and Sam's relationship, and some of her reactions when it comes to Chaol.

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    1. ''In Spring, I went on a binge and read all the other prequels. It was glorious.'' Oh I just loved that bit, made me laugh out loud hahahaha - I can totally understand the glory of a ToG binge *sigh* I'm scared that all these novellas are going to make the wait until ToG #3 even more unbearable o_O But yeah, I'm almost done with the second novella and so far I'm enjoying this one even more!!

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  4. I have the first book but I've yet to read it. I need to check out the prequels, maybe they'll make me want to get started on ToG

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    1. Don't feel bad Michelle, I waited a really long time to get into the series too! When you do finally start with it, I hope you'll ADORE the series as much as I am :D

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  5. Ooh, I really want to read these novellas, as well!! They just sound SO good. And it's all the more impressive as I'm not usually too keen on novellas or short stories because I often find them lacking. But this sounds amazing even though it's not full length. I'm kind of curious what I would think of Celaena had I read the novellas first, as well... I think I would still love her, cockiness and all! Looking forward to returning to her story again sometime soon! Not sure how it's possible, but I think you just made me even MORE excited to read this!

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    1. I couldn't agree with you more: sometimes novellas feel more like a gimmick than anything, especially when there's no real substance to them. These ones are definitely not the case though!! Yeah we definitely both feel the same way about Celaena ♥ And now I'm excited for you to get into them too :D Now if we could only get a title and a cover for ToG 3...I might just implode haha!

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