Sarah J. Maas – The Assassin and the Pirate Lord (A Throne of Glass Novella)

the assassin and the pirate lord

publisher: Bloomsbury Children
published 2012
Pages: apr. 100

Book (English)


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. (Amazon)

In (Very) Short:

+ a short novella in the Throne of Glass series
+ a prequel to Throne of Glass
+ we get to know Celaena when she is still the number of assassin of Arobynn Hamel
+ we meet Sam
+ short, entertaining, fun to read and to get back into the world

My Opinion:

I have read the first two books in the Throne of Glass series and I have the third already on my TBR though I have not picked it up yet. In order to get back into the world, the writing and the character, I picked up this short novella.

Celaena is sent to an island to collect payment from the Lord of the Pirates only to discover that the payment is not money but slaves. She is not only not happy about this but starts to develop a plan that can change the fate of the pirates, the slaves, the assassin’s guild, and her own life.

I really enjoyed the story, it was fast-paced, not too predictable, funny, and entertaining. Though some people complained that they did not like Celaena, I personally did. I did not see a great difference between the Celaena back than and the one in Throne of Glass and Crown of Midnight. You could already see that she follows her own code. I enjoyed meeting Sam and I am really looking forward to learning more about him and their relationship.

The writing was fluent, the characters well-developed for such a short story – should this, however, be your first introduction into the world of Celaena, you might not be as happy about this story as I am. Read Throne of Glass instead. You will enjoy that a lot more.

Bottom Line:

A good short, fast-paced, entertaining novella. Great for reintroduction, maybe not for the first introduction into this world.


rating 4


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