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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 righ 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.


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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 righ 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.

30 review for The Assassin and the Pirate Lord

  1. 4 out of 5

    ~Poppy~

    “Come on, Sardothien,” he said, slinging an arm around her shoulders. “If you’re done liberating slaves and destroying pirate cities, then let’s go home.” “Come on, Sardothien,” he said, slinging an arm around her shoulders. “If you’re done liberating slaves and destroying pirate cities, then let’s go home.”

  2. 5 out of 5

    Mikee (ReadWithMikee)

    I didn't expect to like this novella because I was a little bored in the beginning but it improved significantly in the end. After reading Heir of Fire and Queen of Shadows, it was refreshing to finally see THE Celaena Sardothian that I came to love from the very beginning. Not a huge Aelin fan, so it's great seeing Celaena again. We also finally get to meet Sam Cortland, and my goodness I'm already in love with him. I already know what's coming by the end of The Assassin's Blade but I can't help I didn't expect to like this novella because I was a little bored in the beginning but it improved significantly in the end. After reading Heir of Fire and Queen of Shadows, it was refreshing to finally see THE Celaena Sardothian that I came to love from the very beginning. Not a huge Aelin fan, so it's great seeing Celaena again. We also finally get to meet Sam Cortland, and my goodness I'm already in love with him. I already know what's coming by the end of The Assassin's Blade but I can't help but fall in love with him anyways. Rowan is great and all but I think I'd choose Sam over Rowan any day. Sam gave me so many feels in a span of one novella than Rowan ever did in two books. On top of that, I just love the chemistry between Sam and Celaena. Sorry Rowan! :P

  3. 4 out of 5

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    3 STAR'S “Come on, Sardothien,” he said, slinging an arm around her shoulders. “If you’re done liberating slaves and destroying pirate cities, then let’s go home.” Well, this was a really really slow first novella... The beginning was pretty boring but the last couple of chapters when everything went down was really good. I did still enjoy it for the most part but at the same time, it fell a little short. It could have been so, so, much better! Anyway, I'm loving getting an inside look into Celae 3 STAR'S “Come on, Sardothien,” he said, slinging an arm around her shoulders. “If you’re done liberating slaves and destroying pirate cities, then let’s go home.” Well, this was a really really slow first novella... The beginning was pretty boring but the last couple of chapters when everything went down was really good. I did still enjoy it for the most part but at the same time, it fell a little short. It could have been so, so, much better! Anyway, I'm loving getting an inside look into Celaena's past and getting the chance to fall in love with Sam Cortland even though I know what's coming and it's gonna break my heart 😭. I already really like his personality and can see his appeal. Celaena, it was nice to see things haven't changed all that much haha. She's still cocky, brave, do anything for her friend, witty and of course Vain as hell. I love the assassin but I gotta say I love the Queen even more so. As for Rolfe, I was NOT impressed. Like. At. All. I wanted more from his character, needed more. I don't feel like it really added anything new to his character :( Welp this was a good start looking forward to starting The Assassin and the Healer. “Sam smiled, his brown eyes turning golden in the dawn. It was such a Sam look, the twinkle of mischief, the hint of exasperation, the kindness that would always, always make him a better person than she was.” “Embracing Sam was different, somehow. Like she wanted to curl into his warmth, like for one moment, she didn't have to worry about anything or anybody.”

  4. 4 out of 5

    ☘Misericordia☘ ⚡ϟ⚡⛈⚡☁ ❇️❤❣

    Q: Quiet as mice, quiet as the wind, quiet as the grave. (c) Title: The Assassin and the Pirate Lord We meet Celaena (what a ridiculous name!). And 'Arobynn Hamel, King of the Assassins'. The guy is most definitely of good opinion of himself! And 'the Pirate Lord of Erilea.' How the mighty may fall by stumbling on an event fuelled by mercy. C. likes to look good. And she does. Q: Thankfully, her sleepwear was as exquisite as her daytime wardrobe—and cost nearly as much. (c) Q: Her beauty was a weapon—one s Q: Quiet as mice, quiet as the wind, quiet as the grave. (c) Title: The Assassin and the Pirate Lord We meet Celaena (what a ridiculous name!). And 'Arobynn Hamel, King of the Assassins'. The guy is most definitely of good opinion of himself! And 'the Pirate Lord of Erilea.' How the mighty may fall by stumbling on an event fuelled by mercy. C. likes to look good. And she does. Q: Thankfully, her sleepwear was as exquisite as her daytime wardrobe—and cost nearly as much. (c) Q: Her beauty was a weapon—one she kept honed—but it could also be a vulnerability. (c) Q: “How dare you deceive me?” She sketched a bow. “I did nothing of the sort. I told you I was beautiful.” (c) And some nifty 'best hiding places are in plain site' ideas: Q: What better place to hide than in the middle of the capital city? (c) Q: A little intimidation never did any harm. (c) Q: All that the world knew about Celaena Sardothien, Adarlan’s Assassin, was that she was female. And she wanted to keep it that way. How else would she be able to stroll the broad avenues of Rifthold or infiltrate grand parties by posing as foreign nobility? (c) And she's got quite a tongue on her: Q: “You’re assassins,” she growled at him. “You’re supposed to be able to retrieve a body without being seen.” (c) Q: “If I’d been there, I would have killed all of them to get Ben’s body back!” (c) Q: “He can’t be a very good lord,” she said, “if this is his personal office.” (c) Q: “I suppose you don’t need an introduction.” Rolfe turned to her. “No.” Celaena leaned back farther in his desk chair. “I suppose I don’t.” (c) Q: “Get out of my chair.” ... “You really need to work on organizing this mess.” (c) Q: “How long, exactly, have you been involved in the slave trade?” (c) Q: “I’m the world’s greatest assassin.” She lifted her chin. “I’m not afraid of anyone.” “Really?” Rolfe asked. “Because I’m the world’s greatest pirate, and I’m afraid of a great number of people. That’s how I’ve managed to stay alive for so long.” (c) Q: “Why go to so much trouble for slaves?” “Because if we don’t fight for them, who will?” (c) Nifty: Q: The map—that was the mythic map that he’d sold his soul to have inked on his hands. The map of the world’s oceans—the map that changed to show storms, foes … and treasure. (c) Q: “You realize this is the most reckless thing you’ve ever done, right?” “Reckless, but maybe the most meaningful, too.” (c) Lovely: Q: She walked until there was nothing in the world but the grumble and hiss of the waves, the sigh of the sand beneath her feet, and the glare of the moon on the water. (c) Q: Pine and snow—a city still in winter’s grasp. She breathed it in, staring across the leagues of lonely, black ocean, seeing, somehow, that distant city that had once, long ago, been her home. The wind ripped the strands of hair from her braid, lashing them across her face. Orynth. A city of light and music, watched over by an alabaster castle with an opal tower so bright it could be viewed for miles. The moonlight vanished behind a thick cloud. In the sudden dark, the stars glowed brighter. (c) Q: Somewhere near the back, one of the mountain men began translating. And then two others translated, too—one in the language of Melisande, and another in a language she didn’t recognize. Had it been clever or cowardly of them not to speak up last night when she asked who spoke the common tongue? (c) And she has some interesting plans: Q: “No matter if the chain is still up, no matter what might be happening in town, the moment the sun slips over the horizon, you start rowing like hell.” (c) Q: ...she tripped a passing pirate, who spilled his drink on an already belligerent man, who in turn tried to punch him in the face but hit the man next to him instead. By luck, at that moment, a trick card fell out of a man’s sleeve, a prostitute slapped a pirate wench, and the tavern exploded into a brawl. ... Animals... To her delight, the streets weren’t much better. ... “ENOUGH!” Everyone lifted whatever they had in their hands—a mug, a sword, a clump of hair—and saluted. And then promptly resumed fighting. (c) Q: It didn’t take much to get away from a group of half-drunk battlecrazed pirates. (c) Q: She’d … she’d … Well, she’d kill him if he was dead. (c)

  5. 4 out of 5

    Nenia ✨️ I yeet my books back and forth ✨️ Campbell

    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || Pinterest The other day, I got a comment on one of my reviews for the Throne of Glass series. A stan had decided to tell me that the only reason I didn't like the books was because I hadn't read the prequels yet. My reaction was, "Are you kidding me? I've read books 1-7, and yet I still need to read more books in this series after clocking in around three thousand pages to give this series a fair shot?" I said as much. The stan did not respond. I'v Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || Pinterest The other day, I got a comment on one of my reviews for the Throne of Glass series. A stan had decided to tell me that the only reason I didn't like the books was because I hadn't read the prequels yet. My reaction was, "Are you kidding me? I've read books 1-7, and yet I still need to read more books in this series after clocking in around three thousand pages to give this series a fair shot?" I said as much. The stan did not respond. I've been told that the prequels are allegedly better than the main novels, but if that's the case, their charm is lost on me. Teenage Celery is just as annoying as adult Celery. We see her here as a sixteen-year-old assassin, and very proud of the fact that she doesn't really kill anyone, so much as kick, punch, shove, and insult them while also bragging about how beautiful and great she is. The only other person I know with so much confidence and so little credibility is Donald Trump. Celery's mission is to go to the pirate lord Rolfe to see him about his slave trade. She's very angry about the fact that he has so many slaves, but doesn't kill the pirate lord - nor does she see the correlation between assassin and slave trader; like him, she is also a robber of lives, only when you're dead, there's no chance of freedom. No, she's got the moral high ground here. Right. *side-eye* I thought this book was just as lame as the other books, personally. But I got the anthology edition of these short stories from the library (ironically, the day after I received that stan comment), so I assume that it's fate that I must read these. Who knows? Maybe one will sway me. Stranger things have happened. 1 star

  6. 4 out of 5

    P

    The Assassin and the Pirate Lord features Celaena Sardothien and Sam the Notoriously Handsome. Can I call him that ? Haha.They're both assassins working for Arobynn Hamel. Frankly, the book bored me at first, then boom, the chemistry clicked and the pace was amazing I couldn't put it down for an hour. The story happens before Throne of Glass, but I suggest you should read ToG first to fully enjoy the worldbuilding and some details that Maas didn't thoroughly explain in this novella, about slave t The Assassin and the Pirate Lord features Celaena Sardothien and Sam the Notoriously Handsome. Can I call him that ? Haha.They're both assassins working for Arobynn Hamel. Frankly, the book bored me at first, then boom, the chemistry clicked and the pace was amazing I couldn't put it down for an hour. The story happens before Throne of Glass, but I suggest you should read ToG first to fully enjoy the worldbuilding and some details that Maas didn't thoroughly explain in this novella, about slave trades and the secrets Arobynn hides behind his stern face. “He couldn't be dead. Not from the dagger, or those dozen pirates, or from the catapult. No, Sam couldn't be so stupid that he'd get himself killed. She'd... she'd... Well she'd kill him if he was dead.”

  7. 4 out of 5

    Beenish

    4.5★★★★. Oh yes! This Novella deserves it!! 𝙒𝙝𝙖𝙩 𝙨𝙤𝙧𝙩 𝙤𝙛 '𝙦𝙪𝙚𝙨𝙩𝙞𝙤𝙣𝙨' 𝙙𝙞𝙙 𝙮𝙤𝙪 𝙖𝙨𝙠 𝙝𝙞𝙢? 𝙋𝙤𝙡𝙞𝙩𝙚 𝙤𝙣𝙚𝙨. All I'd say is Celaena and Sam are assassins and you'll see how they work together even being at each other's throats most of the time. 𝙎𝙝𝙚 𝙬𝙖𝙨 𝘼𝙙𝙖𝙧𝙡𝙖𝙣’𝙨 𝘼𝙨𝙨𝙖𝙨𝙨𝙞𝙣, 𝘼𝙧𝙤𝙗𝙮𝙣𝙣 𝙃𝙖𝙢𝙚𝙡’𝙨 𝙥𝙧𝙤𝙩é𝙜é𝙚 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙝𝙚𝙞𝙧 — 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙨𝙝𝙚 𝙬𝙤𝙪𝙡𝙙 𝙖𝙡𝙬𝙖𝙮𝙨 𝙗𝙚. Very well written indeed! 4.5★★★★. Oh yes! This Novella deserves it!! 𝙒𝙝𝙖𝙩 𝙨𝙤𝙧𝙩 𝙤𝙛 '𝙦𝙪𝙚𝙨𝙩𝙞𝙤𝙣𝙨' 𝙙𝙞𝙙 𝙮𝙤𝙪 𝙖𝙨𝙠 𝙝𝙞𝙢? 𝙋𝙤𝙡𝙞𝙩𝙚 𝙤𝙣𝙚𝙨. All I'd say is Celaena and Sam are assassins and you'll see how they work together even being at each other's throats most of the time. 𝙎𝙝𝙚 𝙬𝙖𝙨 𝘼𝙙𝙖𝙧𝙡𝙖𝙣’𝙨 𝘼𝙨𝙨𝙖𝙨𝙨𝙞𝙣, 𝘼𝙧𝙤𝙗𝙮𝙣𝙣 𝙃𝙖𝙢𝙚𝙡’𝙨 𝙥𝙧𝙤𝙩é𝙜é𝙚 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙝𝙚𝙞𝙧 — 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙨𝙝𝙚 𝙬𝙤𝙪𝙡𝙙 𝙖𝙡𝙬𝙖𝙮𝙨 𝙗𝙚. Very well written indeed!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Pearl Angeli

    What an incredible start of The Assassin’s Blade! This novella made me admire the notorious assassin Celaena Sardothien more. Her character here is far more well-developed compared to her character in Throne of Glass. In this novella, her bad-assery can easily be perceived. She’s braver, more dangerous, and a lot more ferocious than I’ve ever thought. Sarah J. Maas has really given us a firecracker of a female main character! The Assassin and the Pirate Lord is the first novella of The Assassin’s What an incredible start of The Assassin’s Blade! This novella made me admire the notorious assassin Celaena Sardothien more. Her character here is far more well-developed compared to her character in Throne of Glass. In this novella, her bad-assery can easily be perceived. She’s braver, more dangerous, and a lot more ferocious than I’ve ever thought. Sarah J. Maas has really given us a firecracker of a female main character! The Assassin and the Pirate Lord is the first novella of The Assassin’s Blade. It’s a flashback story of Celaena’s past, particularly before she was captured by the Crown Prince of Adarlan Dorian and the Captain of the Guard Chaol. It was such a great experience discovering Celaena’s past, getting to know the people she was acquainted with, like her master– Arobynn Hamel and of course, her childhood close friend who soon turned her love interest, Sam Cortland. This novella also apparently featured the Pirate Lord himself, Rolfe. What I love about this novella was how the action scenes carried me away. It was a blast! And Celaena completely blown me away with her fierceness. Her heart is so soft but she kills without hesitation! THIS IS WHAT I’M LOOKING FOR IN A CELAENA SARDOTHIEN! Rating: 5 Stars

  9. 4 out of 5

    Ben Alderson

    I'm really glad I picked this up! I've been in the worst reading slump and this has yanked me back out of it! I'm really glad I picked this up! I've been in the worst reading slump and this has yanked me back out of it!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Melanie

    #0.1) The Assassin and the Pirate Lord ★★★ #0.2) The Assassin and the Healer ★★ #0.3) The Assassin and the Desert ★★★★ #0.4) The Assassin and the Underworld ★★★★★ #0.5) The Assassin and the Empire ★★★ #1.) Throne of Glass ★★★ #2.) Crown of Midnight ★★★★ #3.) Heir of Fire ★★ #4.) Queen of Shadows ★★ This first novella had so much potential. I would have given the premise of this story a solid five stars. I mean, Sam and Celaena working with pirates to discover what happened to three of their fellow assass #0.1) The Assassin and the Pirate Lord ★★★ #0.2) The Assassin and the Healer ★★ #0.3) The Assassin and the Desert ★★★★ #0.4) The Assassin and the Underworld ★★★★★ #0.5) The Assassin and the Empire ★★★ #1.) Throne of Glass ★★★ #2.) Crown of Midnight ★★★★ #3.) Heir of Fire ★★ #4.) Queen of Shadows ★★ This first novella had so much potential. I would have given the premise of this story a solid five stars. I mean, Sam and Celaena working with pirates to discover what happened to three of their fellow assassins? What more could I ask for? Sadly, the pirate lord, Rolfe, and their mission fell a little short for me. I did love being reintroduced to Celaena, and just remembering how far she has came from this scared and arrogant sixteen year old. Sam was wonderful; I loved him from first glance and his back-story still breaks my heart. It was weird being actually introduced to Sam, because his memory has played such a big part in the series, it has just felt like I've always known him. Oh, and seeing Arobynn again made me feel a vast array of emotions, too. Blog | Twitter | Tumblr | Instagram | Youtube | Twitch

  11. 4 out of 5

    Lia Carstairs

    “She'd... she'd... Well she'd kill him if he was dead.” I've finally met Sam Cornland. And this is only the beginning . . . “She'd... she'd... Well she'd kill him if he was dead.” I've finally met Sam Cornland. And this is only the beginning . . .

  12. 4 out of 5

    Deborah Obida

    I love it, i was a bit skeptical i might not like it as much as i do the Throne of Glass series cause i adore the series, but this is as good as the series. I finally get to know more about the infamous Sam Cortland, all the more reason to hate Arobynn. The book is mainly about how she released the slaves that was talked about in Empire of Storms. The writing style is the same that was used in the series, third person POV, can't wait to read the rest novellas. I love it, i was a bit skeptical i might not like it as much as i do the Throne of Glass series cause i adore the series, but this is as good as the series. I finally get to know more about the infamous Sam Cortland, all the more reason to hate Arobynn. The book is mainly about how she released the slaves that was talked about in Empire of Storms. The writing style is the same that was used in the series, third person POV, can't wait to read the rest novellas.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Wren (fablesandwren)

    Finally I am getting around to reading the adventures of my dear Celaena Sardothien. LOWKEY, I kind of love the assassin more than the queen, but that doesn't mean that I don't love the queen. I wanted to read it before I read Empire of Storms BUT I kind of got distracted with other books that were coming out around the same time. I am not a huge fan of novellas, but I do know that some of the characters introduced in the last book were first introduced in some of these novellas in The Assassin' Finally I am getting around to reading the adventures of my dear Celaena Sardothien. LOWKEY, I kind of love the assassin more than the queen, but that doesn't mean that I don't love the queen. I wanted to read it before I read Empire of Storms BUT I kind of got distracted with other books that were coming out around the same time. I am not a huge fan of novellas, but I do know that some of the characters introduced in the last book were first introduced in some of these novellas in The Assassin's Blade. And because I love Sarah J. Maas's story telling and her writing, I am going to go ahead and read these beauties. So, with that said, I am going to read and rate these so I can finally be completely caught up on The Throne of Glass Series: Throne of Glass, Crown of Midnight, Heir of Fire, Queen of Shadows, Empire of Storms, and Tower of Dawn. The Assassin and the Pirate Lord (Throne of Glass, #0.1) What an introduction my dear Captain Rolfe, Lord of the Pirates. I now understand why you hate Celaena so much and might I say, it is pretty funny. And might I add, you are the absolute worst kind of person. If an assassin, the most feared I might add, and her colleague, Sam, are disgusted with even the idea of slaves, then what is your excuse Rolfe? I mean really, you walked into the mess that is Celaena. She may be an assassin, but she has good intentions. She may love throwing temper tantrum, but always be aware that she has something more dramtic up her sleeve for you. This was a lovely novella. It sheds a lot of light on Empire of Storms, and why The Pirate Lord was being such a baby about things. I would encourage anyone reading this series to read the novellas before Empire of Storms to save you any confusion. P.S. I already love Sam and I already know my heart is going to hurt when I am done with these novellas.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Nelou Keramati

    Actual rating: 3.5 :) I have not read the Throne of Glass series, but I enjoyed Ms. Maas's 'A Court of Thorns and Roses' and wanted a quick read, so I picked up this novella. I have tried not to mention any specific plot-points, but if you have not read this novella and would like to go into it completely blind, then there might be some spoilers ahead. So please read at your own discretion. :) Characters: I found it very difficult to appreciate the protagonist, Calaena. I tried very hard to understa Actual rating: 3.5 :) I have not read the Throne of Glass series, but I enjoyed Ms. Maas's 'A Court of Thorns and Roses' and wanted a quick read, so I picked up this novella. I have tried not to mention any specific plot-points, but if you have not read this novella and would like to go into it completely blind, then there might be some spoilers ahead. So please read at your own discretion. :) Characters: I found it very difficult to appreciate the protagonist, Calaena. I tried very hard to understand her, but her words and actions depicted her as incredibly self-righteous, arrogant, self-centered, rude, ill-tempered, and rather naive. Ironically, these are traits I actually adore in most characters, as long as they are offset with a bit of humility, or vulnerability. Now, I can completely understand the type of person one would need to be in order to excel as an assassin, but I found nearly all of Calaena's speeches, thoughts, and actions contradictory. She would boast (endlessly) about being the most lethal (and beautiful) assassin there is, and yet she did not kill anyone in this novella (in situations which you could argue truly called for her to do so). There was even a line saying: "After all, she was an assassin, not a murderer," which prompted me to look up the dictionary definition of both words: Murder: 'the killing of another human being.' Assassin: 'a murderer, especially one who kills a politically prominent person for fanatical or monetary reasons.' Hmm... According to Calaena, herself, she is an assassin, not a murderer. So... does that mean she gets paid for not killing people? I confuse. I think I would have warmed up to her much more if she put her money where her mouth is. It could very well simply be a pet-peeve of mine, but I find it frustrating when a character claims to be a certain way, and yet none of their actions support it. It's just bragging. I found Sam by far the most realistic and rational character. However, I could not understand how Calaena, who would not 'allegedly' hesitate to kill him should he even look at her the wrong way, was all of a sudden gravely concerned for his survival/well-being. And this brings me to the biggest qualm I had with this novella, Calaena's sudden pang of morality and justice: Not once during the entire book did Calaena display any shred of humanity towards anyone. No comradery, no kindness, no vulnerability. There was not even the smallest spec/throw-away line/back-story/joke/anything that would indicate that she is capable of altruism, and yet she becomes so consumed by this sudden need to free an anonymous band of slaves that it makes her character completely implausible. For someone as arrogant and self-important as the protagonist, someone who is supposed to be a ruthless killer with no regard for human life, or for the well-being of even her own friends/allies, she is so quick to risk her life to liberate people she owes no allegiance to. If she was portrayed as someone with a soft spot for slaves, or someone who used to be enslaved, or knew someone who suffered from slavery, or if she had shown even the smallest shreds of compassion towards anything or anyone, perhaps I would be more invested in her mission. I felt that the way she challenged people was identical, regardless of who was on the receiving end. It didn't matter if she was conversing with Sam (with whom she grew up), or a pirate lord twice her age (with whom she was conducting business). This depicted her as tactless, and her crude language and arrogance did not help validate her character. Instead of giving her credibility as a ruthless assassin they depicted her as a naïve child who does not understand consequence. The Writing: One of the first things I noticed was how the book 'feels' as though it was written from an omniscient point of view. On multiple occasions, I would be reading about multiple character's impressions of an event within the same paragraph, which was quite disorienting. I also found the usage of nouns and pronouns rather confusing. A sentence would be speaking of a male character (Sam), and then refer to 'she', and 'her' in the remainder of the sentence. This would force me to go back and re-read the same sentence in order to understand whom exactly the author was speaking of. Too many times a conversation is interrupted by long expositional thoughts. It's perfectly acceptable to incorporate backstories (in short bursts of paragraphs) into the story while the character is walking from A to B, or awaiting someone's arrival; not so much when these expositional paragraphs are forced in-between sentences spoken during a fast conversation. It felt as though after each sentence, the story would be paused for the character to provide exposition through her thoughts/memory flashbacks, which really disrupted the flow. There are far too many references to modern language which made the story less plausible. Words like 'bathroom', instead of latrines. Or phrases like 'get ready to unleash hell' instead of 'prepare to unleash hell'. Or using modern slang like 'make out' something in the distance, instead of 'detect' something in the distance. The language sounded a bit cartoonish at times: "He was so mad, he practically had steam blowing out his ears", and it felt a bit lazy at other times, like "tying down various things before the storm hits." With all that said, I must say I really enjoyed Ms. Maas's descriptions of scenery. They are incredibly vivid and alive, and always paint such incredible detail in my mind with so few words. Here are just a few examples of what I loved: "Fat drops of rain splattered on the rust-colored earth, instantly cooling the muggy air." "Rain lashed out against the shutters, muffling the clink of her cup against the saucer." In conclusion, I must say I enjoyed this read. It was short and sweet, and a great appetizer prior to the main course of Throne of Glass. I'm not sure whether the questions raised in this novella (like the moving map on Rolfe's hand, Arrobyn's real reason for sending a masked Calaena to conduct 'trade', why Ben was killed, etc.) will be answered in the upcoming novellas, but I think if there had been a more solid resolution (or a small hint towards one), I would've rated this story higher. I do think this is a wonderful book and that Sarah J Maas is a wonderful writer, and if you like a quick adventure, you should definitely check it out!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Jo ★The Book Sloth★

    3 stars I admit that I did not enjoy this book as much as I wanted. I decided to try the first novella because of all the hype with the series so I expected much more than I got. I will continue the series at some point but I'm not in the mood for it right now. My main issue was with the heroine. I found her way too arrogant, spoiled and self-righteous. How can a 16 year-old girl believe that she is so much better than other people with twice her age and training? Maybe my issue is that the book i 3 stars I admit that I did not enjoy this book as much as I wanted. I decided to try the first novella because of all the hype with the series so I expected much more than I got. I will continue the series at some point but I'm not in the mood for it right now. My main issue was with the heroine. I found her way too arrogant, spoiled and self-righteous. How can a 16 year-old girl believe that she is so much better than other people with twice her age and training? Maybe my issue is that the book is YA so the age is the thing that annoyed me most? I'm not so sure, but the fact remains that for a 16 year-old this girl was overestimating her self-worth way too much. What I did like though was the writing and the overall story. The author is obviously talented and I want to believe that Celeana gets more likeable later on.

  16. 5 out of 5

    S61

    4.5. This was a great novella to kick off the prequel bindup.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Katherine

    Figured I would start from the beginning.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Sky

    For an assassin, Celeana sure didn't lose her morals. Killing is a fast end. Slavery is endless torture. She couldn't stand by and and watch her master destroy lives, so she had to interfere. I loved the first scene where she did what no one could, and I kept thinking "SLAY SLAY SLAY". Celeana's character sure is refreshing, although I'd prefer a little less time people talking about her beauty and more time her kicking ass. Although Sam annoyed me in the beginning with his whining he kinda grew For an assassin, Celeana sure didn't lose her morals. Killing is a fast end. Slavery is endless torture. She couldn't stand by and and watch her master destroy lives, so she had to interfere. I loved the first scene where she did what no one could, and I kept thinking "SLAY SLAY SLAY". Celeana's character sure is refreshing, although I'd prefer a little less time people talking about her beauty and more time her kicking ass. Although Sam annoyed me in the beginning with his whining he kinda grew on me. Let's hope I love him in the next 4 novellas. (view spoiler)[ But the ending was kinda unreal, like the pirate could've easily killed her while she was sailing, or at least call Arobynn and tell him that he didn't sign the papers by choice, but oh well. I can't wait to see what happens in the next novellas. (hide spoiler)]

  19. 4 out of 5

    Jasmine

    **Re-read on September 22nd-23rd, 2015: Actual rating: 3.5/5 stars I personally think the novella wasn't as good as the first three books from the series. Celaena Sardothien was 16 years old in this book and at that time, Sam Cortland was still alive, but I couldn't tolerate her gargantuan arrogance at all! Although I did better understand the story plot after reading the sequels first this time, her impossibly terrible attitude was the most dislike part for me. “One day,” Rolfe said, too quiet **Re-read on September 22nd-23rd, 2015: Actual rating: 3.5/5 stars I personally think the novella wasn't as good as the first three books from the series. Celaena Sardothien was 16 years old in this book and at that time, Sam Cortland was still alive, but I couldn't tolerate her gargantuan arrogance at all! Although I did better understand the story plot after reading the sequels first this time, her impossibly terrible attitude was the most dislike part for me. “One day,” Rolfe said, too quietly, “someone’s really going make you pay for that arrogance.” Lightning made his green eyes flicker. “I just hope I’m there to see it.” Honestly, I have to agree with Rolfe here. For the very first time I'd love to see you suffer for your bossiness, Celaena. The only reason I gave it one more star was because I could relate to the characters more during the re-read and everything made sense. **Reading for the first time on May 19th-21st, 2015: Initial rating: 2.5/5 stars The Assassin and the Pirate Lord is a novella of the Throne of Glass series and I initially thought it'd be a great book. After a few pages of reading, I started to get bored by the main character, Celaena Sardothien's attitude and behavior. I mean, she was just a 16-year-old girl and she acted way too mature. Just because she was trained to be a professional assassin or protégée doesn't mean she had to be that mature. I don't like the arrogance in her tone whenever she talked to the Pirate or the fellow assassins and I didn't have the same level of excitement in the fighting scenes or her killing skills as I always gained in other novels.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Grace (LovingDemBooks) Z.

    Buy this book HERE on Amazon or buy this book HERE on BookDepository with FREE WORLDWIDE SHIIPPING 4 of 5 stars (Please read my rating system further below. LOVE, LOVE, LOVED THIS ONE! I WISH SAM WAS ACTUALLY IN THE SERIES NOW. My rating system: (I do use half stars.) 5 - I do not use the 5 star. Not because a book might not be worthy, but because a book is never perfect. 4 - I loved it! There weren't too many flaws, and I had no trouble getting through it. (A 4 star rating is the highest ra Buy this book HERE on Amazon or buy this book HERE on BookDepository with FREE WORLDWIDE SHIIPPING 4 of 5 stars (Please read my rating system further below. LOVE, LOVE, LOVED THIS ONE! I WISH SAM WAS ACTUALLY IN THE SERIES NOW. My rating system: (I do use half stars.) 5 - I do not use the 5 star. Not because a book might not be worthy, but because a book is never perfect. 4 - I loved it! There weren't too many flaws, and I had no trouble getting through it. (A 4 star rating is the highest rating I've ever given a book.) 3 - I enjoyed the book, but there we're flaws that made me enjoy it less. 2 - I finished the book, but there were too many flaws for me to enjoy it. 1 - I could not finish the book, and I probably did not finish it....

  21. 4 out of 5

    Duchess Nicole

    I wish I had read these short snippets before tackling book four and especially book five of the series. There seems to be a lot of tidbits that are needed to really understand all of the characters that show up in the latter half of the series.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    After hearing so many positive things (prior to publication) about Throne of Glass, I was expecting a lot from the first prequel, The Assassin and the Pirate Lord, and boy was I disappointed. I typically have little to say about short stories and novellas—just read my embarrassing attempts at writing a review for the various short-story collections I've read—but there is a lot to say about this one and none of it is positive. This story was a miss in terms of writing and characterization. The no After hearing so many positive things (prior to publication) about Throne of Glass, I was expecting a lot from the first prequel, The Assassin and the Pirate Lord, and boy was I disappointed. I typically have little to say about short stories and novellas—just read my embarrassing attempts at writing a review for the various short-story collections I've read—but there is a lot to say about this one and none of it is positive. This story was a miss in terms of writing and characterization. The novella was filled with grammatical errors and awkward sentences that were hard to follow even when they were grammatically correct. The dialogue was unrealistic and often times cheesy. This was a classic example of telling instead of showing. Not only was there a lot of telling, much of what is told is actually contradicted by what is shown. For example, we're told Celaena is a good liar but throughout the story she constantly casts suspicion on herself by her failure to disguise her true feelings. Overall, the writing was very juvenile even for young adult literature. Even more problematic was the characterization. We're supposed to believe that the protagonist, Celaena, is the most fearsome assassin in the world, yet she doesn't actually kill anyone in the novella despite having ample opportunity and no shortage of enemies. Instead she renders her opponents unconscious by hitting them on the head with the pommel of her dagger (because she's "an assassin not a murderer"—her explanation not mine). She admits to killing people for adultery but finds it morally questionable to kill slave traders, which makes absolutely no sense. She doesn't even kill the main villain despite the fact that he has zero redeeming qualities and he gives her no reason to spare him. In addition to her failure to kill anyone, I found Celaena to be very unlikable. She is bratty, vain, smug, and foolish. Her personality made it even more difficult to believe she was a skilled assassin. After reading this novella, I am no longer excited to read Throne of Glass. My only hope is that these issues were improved upon by more careful editing in the novel.

  23. 5 out of 5

    destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]

    #0.1-#0.5 The Assassin’s Blade ★★★★★ #1 Throne of Glass ★★★★☆ Celaena thinks that she and her colleague Sam Cortland are being sent to meet the Pirate Lord to seek repayment for a slight he’s caused the King of the Assassins. Upon arrival, the teens learn that they’ve been tricked into an escort mission for a batch of slaves that Arobynn is hoping to sell. I thought this was an fantastic introduction to Celaena’s character, and it immediately made me fond of her as a protagonist. I loved that she #0.1-#0.5 The Assassin’s Blade ★★★★★ #1 Throne of Glass ★★★★☆ Celaena thinks that she and her colleague Sam Cortland are being sent to meet the Pirate Lord to seek repayment for a slight he’s caused the King of the Assassins. Upon arrival, the teens learn that they’ve been tricked into an escort mission for a batch of slaves that Arobynn is hoping to sell. I thought this was an fantastic introduction to Celaena’s character, and it immediately made me fond of her as a protagonist. I loved that she was willing to risk her career and her name to free a few hundred strangers, and the ending set a wonderful stage for her relationship with Sam and his willingness to follow her, no matter the cost.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Brooklyn Tayla

    Once again, all throughout this beautiful first installment of "The Assassin's Blade", my heart loved every moment! I will never tire of Celaena and Sam, and knowing what is to come still makes this tragically bittersweet but ach my heart! Their banter is perfection and Celaena showing Rolfe is always epic tbh. Once again, all throughout this beautiful first installment of "The Assassin's Blade", my heart loved every moment! I will never tire of Celaena and Sam, and knowing what is to come still makes this tragically bittersweet but ach my heart! Their banter is perfection and Celaena showing Rolfe is always epic tbh.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Erika

    I had waited quite a long time to read a good story about an assassin heroine. Sarah J. Mass certainly didn't disappoint me. “Why?” Sam stepped close enough that she needed to tilt her head back to see his face. “We’re assassins. We kill people. We destroy lives every day.” “We have a choice,” she breathed. The assassin is Celaena Sardothien, a sixteen years old teenage girl. Her age was the only thing that cute about her. Celaena is the best assassin that Assassin’s Guild have. She's beautifu I had waited quite a long time to read a good story about an assassin heroine. Sarah J. Mass certainly didn't disappoint me. “Why?” Sam stepped close enough that she needed to tilt her head back to see his face. “We’re assassins. We kill people. We destroy lives every day.” “We have a choice,” she breathed. The assassin is Celaena Sardothien, a sixteen years old teenage girl. Her age was the only thing that cute about her. Celaena is the best assassin that Assassin’s Guild have. She's beautiful and deadly, such qualities that make oh-so-arrogant aura sticks with her most of the times. I better not giving details about the story since this is a novella. Any kind of information about the story might be too much. So the big picture is about Celaena and her partner Sam doing an assignment which involved the pirates and slavery. I must say I enjoyed it very much. The first half was spent without action while the last half was full of actions. Though, I can't say I was bored reading the first half. The characters, by this I mean Celaena and Sam, were intriguing. As I said earlier, we have a strong but very arrogant and icy heroine. Celaena is the kind of young girl with huge ego because she's aware that she's very good despite her very young age. I had disliked her at the beginning, before she started to reveal her compassion for others. Sam, on the other hand, is everything that Celaena is not. He's friendly, talkative, calm, and reachable. With these two assassins like fire and ice doing a mission together, how could I get bored? Albeit the fact that The Assassin and the Pirate Lord is a debut, I liked the writing. My only complaint was the story is told from third person pov, but I felt it was being told from first person pov. Everything was described through Celaena, which of course wasn't supposed to be that way. Although it annoyed me, the writing was good enough to get me hook and drew my emotions. There were some touching moments between Celaena and Sam. Though their relationship was more like brother-sister thing rather than a romance fling (despite I got the hints that Sam -probably- had a deeper feeling for Celaena), I liked both of them together. As the first novella, the very beginning story of Throne of Glass series, this was a good one. The Assassin and the Pirate Lord, has successfully rocked my expectation for the series. If I don't read the second novella soon it won't be because I don't want to, but because the third novella: The Assassin and the Desert isn't published yet. I'm very curious with the series right now and I'm not comfortable with waiting. Therefore, dear author, the Throne of Glass novel needs to be published sooner than the schedule on August... please?

  26. 4 out of 5

    Kim

    So I remember vaguely remember reading Queen of Glass (now Throne of Glass) on fictionpress years ago, like when I was in high school, and I remembered being extremely impressed with the idea of Cinderella as an assassin. I only read the first part of the story, so I can only give my opinion of the first part. The story and idea was wonderful and creative, but the writing definitely needed some improvement. I was rather excited for this novella because I was interested in the story, but I also h So I remember vaguely remember reading Queen of Glass (now Throne of Glass) on fictionpress years ago, like when I was in high school, and I remembered being extremely impressed with the idea of Cinderella as an assassin. I only read the first part of the story, so I can only give my opinion of the first part. The story and idea was wonderful and creative, but the writing definitely needed some improvement. I was rather excited for this novella because I was interested in the story, but I also hoped that Ms. Maas had improved her writing to do justice to the beautiful world she had created. However, after reading this novella, I was slightly disappointed. Her writing style is rather simple and slightly plain. I'm not expecting lyrical and beautiful prose you might expect from, say Patricia A. McKillip, but I do expect an author to be able to set a mood for me to feel. Unfortunately, in the novella, alot of the scenes fail to make me feel anything for the characters. For example, the very first opening scene would have been great if I could feel the suspense and tension between the characters, but I felt nothing. Feelings and mood were stated in words rather than described, which would be the more effective route. I also had a slight problem with our main heroine, Celaena Sardothien. I love the idea of a kickass heroine that has a backbone of steel, but Celaena seems a bit naive, don't you think? I don't want to spoil anything, but I do think Celaena's actions in this novella really made her seem unrealistically naive. To be an assassin, one must be able to cast aside ALOT of moral principles that normal people hold to. The assassins' guild Celaena belongs to is described as the best. Being the best, especially in the field of killing people for money, carries with it an understood ruthlessness. I expect coldhearted murder from my assassins, not some moral highground. Also, Celaena mentions that her guild only goes after the "bad" people (greedy aristocrats, etc.). I would like to point out that what she said doesn't make much sense. If the assassins only kill the bad people, who do you think hire them? The good guys? No, if you're a good guy, you don't hire assassins to kill your enemy BECAUSE you're the good guy, the honorable person who would never do such a thing. So back to that question, who do you think is hiring the assassins? Also, if you assassinate people as a profession, chances are, sooner or later some poor innocent bastard will accidently witness the act, what do you think you have to do? Even if the person is innocent, you probably have to kill him/her. So this moral highground that Celaena expresses in this novella confused me. It doesn't seem to fit a person in such a profession. To wrap up this long rant, I don't exactly think the novella is the worse book ever, but I also don't think it's very good. It's in the "meh" category. I don't regret reading it, but I also don't love it (and I really really wanted to love it).

  27. 4 out of 5

    _racheljane_

    The Assassin and the Pirate Lord wasn't my first glimpse into the world of Throne of Glass that author Sarah J. Maas has created. I fell in love with Celaena’s character immediately. I loved that she was this ruthless assassin who didn’t care what anyone thought. To be honest I wasn’t sure what I thought of Sam at first. It took me a little while to warm up to him. I liked the setting of this novella a lot. I have always had a fascination with pirates. From Blackbeard to Jack Sparrow, I have alwa The Assassin and the Pirate Lord wasn't my first glimpse into the world of Throne of Glass that author Sarah J. Maas has created. I fell in love with Celaena’s character immediately. I loved that she was this ruthless assassin who didn’t care what anyone thought. To be honest I wasn’t sure what I thought of Sam at first. It took me a little while to warm up to him. I liked the setting of this novella a lot. I have always had a fascination with pirates. From Blackbeard to Jack Sparrow, I have always loved pirates. I liked that this novella took place on an Island that the Lord of the Pirates rules over. The way Maas described the island made it sound like it could be a real place somewhere in the Caribbean.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Hayley

    I’m home. It’s crazy how much time has passed since I interacted with these characters and yet I’m still swept off my feet when I finally returned back to this series. Sam Cortland. *inhales deeply* you have enchanted me once again. I already have the feels and knowing what is to come is going to rebreak my heart, mind and soul again and again and again.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Lucie V.

    We FINALLY meet Sam Cortland! I enjoyed very much this insight into Celaena and Sam's dynamic. We see how they manage to work together while being at each other's throats. I really like Sam, and my heart is breaking because I know what will happen to him. 😭😭 “Come on, Sardothien,” he said, slinging an arm around her shoulders. “If you’re done liberating slaves and destroying pirate cities, then let’s go home.” We FINALLY meet Sam Cortland! I enjoyed very much this insight into Celaena and Sam's dynamic. We see how they manage to work together while being at each other's throats. I really like Sam, and my heart is breaking because I know what will happen to him. 😭😭 “Come on, Sardothien,” he said, slinging an arm around her shoulders. “If you’re done liberating slaves and destroying pirate cities, then let’s go home.”

  30. 4 out of 5

    Robin (Bridge Four)

    Celaena was a little bit of a brat in the beginning. However her drive to protect her friends is still there and you can see that she really is a strong woman even from someone so young. The cute interactions with Sam are fun. She almost flirts by threatening and it is so her. Even now she has such a strong sense of morality for an assassin and I find that refreshing. This is a really good look into her beginnings and her relationship with the Assassin Lord.

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