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

Series: Throne of Glass #0.1
Publication Date: January 13, 2012
Publisher: Bloomsbury Children's
Reading Level: Young Adult
Pages: 70 (eBook)
Source: Loaned from Gillian
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.
~*~Lili's Reflections~*~

The book begins with Celaena being the badass we all know she is when she goes to retrieve the body of a fallen fellow assassin when none of the other assassin's in the guild were brave enough to do so. Shortly after she finds herself sailing towards The King of Pirates to make a deal, only to discover that she had been mislead and she was actually preparing to bring slaves back to Arobynn, the King of Assassins and the man who nearly raised her. She is forced to do this with Sam, a devilishly handsome yet infuriating assassin who despises the fact that she is the assassin heir instead of him. Either way, his banter with Celeana is very entertaining.

Despite the fact that Celeana is the tender age of sixteen, her skills are still prominent. The action sequences in this are great, as usual, but she never actually kills anyone. She claims she's an assassin and not a murderer, so she simply knocked out all her enemies. But she's an assassin! I can't believe I'm saying this, but couldn't she slit a throat or two to get away instead of repeatedly hitting people in the head with the hilt of her sword.

I also enjoyed Celaena's struggle with morals because, despite her profession, she has a heart. She does not support slavery and the fact that these innocent people are getting punished. Her victims die because they deserve it, and at least they die quick. This slaves don't deserve to be enslaved, and they often suffer for eternity. There was a great little moral compass thing going on because of this.

However, I wish the editing was better. I found a few grammatical errors and it seemed as if Maas could not decide on whether to name something Shipbreaker or Ship-Breaker. Rather sad that the editing is lacking in the first novella of such a beloved series.

All in all, not my favorite novella out there, but I'm certainly curious to see what happens next. On to novella number two!

3 stars


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