The Assassin and the Pirate Lord by Sarah J. MaasSo, 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.
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.
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!
My rating: 5 out of 5 stars ★★★★★