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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 righA 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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  • Mikee Andrea (ReadWithMikee)
    2019-01-25 00:46

    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

  • P
    2019-01-21 04:00

    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.”

  • Pearl Angeli
    2019-02-02 04:36

    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

  • Ben Alderson
    2019-02-16 06:00

    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!

  • Melanie
    2019-02-16 06:56

    #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

  • Deborah Obida
    2019-02-17 06:30

    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.

  • Nelou Keramati
    2019-02-16 00:51

    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!

  • Fables&Wren
    2019-02-02 05:00

    WrensReads Review: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.WrensReads | Goodreads | Twitter | Instagram

  • Sean
    2019-01-23 00:58

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

  • Isa Cantos (Crónicas de una Merodeadora)
    2019-01-29 03:32

    "You might be the best, Sardothien, but there's always someone waiting for you to slip".No sé ni cómo empezar a decir que adoro a Celaena. Me encanta cómo siempre se mueve por la delgada línea que divide la sangre fría y la justicia. Celaena es de esos personajes que tiene mil matices y muchos secretos y emociones escondidas. En esta aventura, ella y Sam deben ir a recolectar el pago que el Lord Pirata les debe por, supuestamente, haber asesinado a dos miembros de la Assassin's Guild. Sin embargo, pronto Celaena se dará cuenta de que su maestro Arobynn Hamel la ha engañado y no la ha enviado a cobrar dinero, sino a iniciar un gran negocio de trata de esclavos por todo el continente. A pesar de su título de Asesina de Adarlan, Celaena tiene principios y hará todo lo que pueda por sabotear el negocio entre Rolfe, el Lord Pirata, y el Rey de los Asesinos. ¿Qué más puedo pedir si juntan muchas de las cosas que más me gustan en los libros en un solo relato? Asesina, piratas, interés amoroso, misiones peligrosas. ¡La combinación de todos esos elementos me fascinó! Sobre todo por la frialdad que muestra Celaena ante todas sus misiones y, al mismo tiempo, por esas ansias de justicia y de arreglar lo que está mal. La historia de The Assassin and the Pirate Lord es una peligrosa y desencadenará la serie de eventos que serán la caída y el nuevo inicio de Celaena Sardothien. Además, con este pequeño vistazo a lo que era la vida de Celaena antes de caer en las garras del Rey de Adarlan, entendemos mucho más su personalidad, los ideales por los que lucha y lo que nunca soportará. Conocemos cómo funciona la Assassin's Guild, entendemos que no se puede confiar en absolutamente nadie y, encima, vivimos junto a Celaena lo más cercano que empieza a tener a una amistad con Sam. Sí, ese Sam al que ella tanto extraña en Trono de Cristal.

  • Sky
    2019-01-21 03:54

    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)]

  • Jo ★The Book Sloth★
    2019-01-23 04:00

    3 starsI 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.

  • Grace (LovingDemBooks) Z.
    2019-02-18 06:48

    Buy this book HERE on Amazon or buy this book HERE on BookDepository with FREE WORLDWIDE SHIIPPING4 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....

  • Lina Lovegood
    2019-02-07 03:37

    Tolle Kurzgeschichte um Celaena und Sam, hat mir wirklich sehr gut gefallen!

  • Brooklyn Tayla
    2019-02-02 07:55

    For me, this was the start of something amazing. I love the Throne of Glass books, and Celaena and Sam are two of my favourite characters, ever. I have read this novella 3 times (I think, maybe 4), and I never tire of Sam and Celaena’s scenes. Their banter is the stuff of life, even though I know what happens in the last novella, I still think Sam is her equal in every way. It’s funny, re reading a first novella after reading all other books in this series (I’m re reading them in anticipation for Tower of Dawn, I can’t believe it’s less than a month away!) and knowing what happens in each book. One of my favourite things in this book, aside from Sam and Celaena’s scenes, is the dramatic irony of Celaena freeing the slaves that Arobbyn (I loathe him) sent her and Sam to deal with. The co-conspirator in this slave game is one Pirate Lord, Rolfe (where we get the title). I never actually cared for Rolfe to be honest, I found him a callous, arrogant guy, and even though I enjoy pirate type stories (and I guess Rolfe is a bit above your typical pirate), I didn’t like his selfishness in regards to the slaves. What I did love also was Celaena’s sass and bravery! She’s 16 and an assassin who literally, even though she and Sam kill people for a living, (slight spoiler ahead) she chooses not to agree with the slave bargain and does her darndest to fight for their freedom. There’s lots of wit in her narration, I love the audacity of everything in this novella, and that there’s definitely early hints of her chemistry with Sam.Definitely one of my favourite novellas in this collection, and I’m excited to read the rest once more.

  • _racheljane_
    2019-02-10 06:46

    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.

  • Erika
    2019-02-02 05:59

    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?

  • Chantal
    2019-01-28 06:34

    Amo Sam anche se avendo già letto TOG so cosa accadrà T.T

  • Kim
    2019-01-27 05:56

    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).

  • Jasmine
    2019-02-04 06:46

    **Re-read on September 22nd-23rd, 2015:Actual rating: 3.5/5 starsI 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 starsThe 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.

  • Lisa
    2019-01-30 06:00

    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.

  • Anny
    2019-02-05 23:55

    Más bien un 3'75. Me ha gustado mucho y conocer a Caelena antes de los sucesos de Trono de cristal, ha estado genial.

  • Robin (Bridge Four)
    2019-02-12 06:50

    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.

  • Kika
    2019-01-28 23:59

    Ako vždy Celaena to zabila! Geniálna hrdinka, neviem sa dočkať ďalších kníh a poviedok! :3

  • F.J.
    2019-02-20 01:54

    It has been two years since I first read The Assassin and the Pirate Lord and encountered Ardalan's greatest assassin Celaena Sardothien. In these two years I read Throne of Glass and Crown of Midnight - which turned my opinion about the author and the series around by 180. If you'd like to take a look at my old review, click on the spoiler. (view spoiler)[I have waited a long time to get my fingers on this ebook - a kick-butt assassin fighting against a bunch of pirates and freeing hundreds of slaves? Sounded brill to me. To my disappointment “The Assassin and the Pirate Lord” wasn’t brill at all, in fact it was rather boring and cliché.“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 actual book “Throne of Glass” and “TAatPL” too have many positive reviews and often 5-star ratings, so it was that I had to take a long break after I read the ebook. Maybe I had expected too much because of the good reviews. But I wasn’t prepared to find a typical YA book interwoven with a “feeling” of fantasy and a heroine who is more a brat than a kick-butt assassin. The novella is only 63 pages long so I didn’t really expect a fully sophisticated story but at least I expected something to actually happen. The novella seems to be written by a sixteen-years-old girl who is a writing beginner and doesn’t have much experience. Instead of some action we get some plain “I-trip-you-ups” and childish wranglings and Celaena’s very silly thoughts that she could handle everything and everyone.Celaena Sardothien is the snootiest, stupidest, cockiest and most childish character I’ve read about in the last couple of months. With her sixteen years she acts and thinks arrogantly and without any brain. (Don’t get me wrong, I love flawed heroes but I think that these attributes weren’t meant as flaws but to rather create a character who is a “bad-ass”, sorry Mrs Maas, that absolutely didn’t work for me.) Celaena also has a soft spot((view spoiler)[which comes to light as she sees those poor caged slaves in their miserable condition and has the great idea of rescuing them (hide spoiler)]). A paid murder who feels pity for a bunch of stinking, dirty slaves? Sorry, should I’ve bought that? But what got really on my sensitive nerves was that I could read in every few lines how strong and smart Celaena is and that she could take every man and kills him. Hm. What age was she again? Ah, yes, sixteen. And she is very pretty too, so she can’t be a Ares’s daughter like Clarisse and thrash a grown-up man with her bulky and strong body. So let’s say Celaena has the build of a normal teenage girl ((view spoiler)[a proof is the fight with Sam on the beach, she didn’t stand a chance against him (hide spoiler)]). What would a good writer do then? Yes, she or he would make their character smart, to outwit the other, stronger ones. But oh no, Mrs Maas forgot to make Celaena smart ((view spoiler)[the scene with the paper knife on the desk of the Pirate Lord; or just plain the fact that she underestimated the Pirate Lord (hide spoiler)]). So what kind of heroine do we have then? A stupid, haughty brat-like assassin bitch? Yes!Oh and how bitchy she is! The poor guy who has to hang around with her. I think this the signal for her assassin companion Sam. Sam, your creator wanted you to be the half nice guy, half lady-killer. Well, you are just a Plain Jane. You are flat and I think you were always asking yourself “Charm? Charm? What is charm?” Your past is interesting but that didn’t make me like you – or feel something for you. You let Celaena bully you (what are you, her lapdog?) and at other times you are the one who can calm her. How is that possible? She doesn’t respect you (and certainly you doesn`t respect her too) so how comes she let you calm her? Maybe you really are a dog. Sam, heel!There were some intimidate moments with Sam and Celaena but they seemed forced to me (perhaps because Mrs Maas knows that Celaena won’t end up with him but still I had wished for a good soft, little romance).I don’t want to talk too much about the other assassins because 1) we didn’t see much of them and 2) they are like the whole story: simply plain. The lead assassin is a grandpa-like guy and doesn’t match the picture of the guy who punishes Celaena by sending her into the mines (Throne of Glass).Okay, let’s talk about the Pirate Lord. He was – let me search for the right word – oh, dear what was it again? Ah, yes, plain. Really? A plain Pirate Lord, F.J.? Solely the name Pirate Lord is exciting and interesting. Still Mrs Maas could handle the central theme of “TAatPL” named plain. The only really cool, exciting thing about him were his tattoos which shows treasures and are tattooed on his hands, he made a deal with the devil to get them.My résumé is:Celaena’s characterisation as the “greatest of all assassins” is the funniest and at the same time saddest thing I’ve read in a book since “Divergent” (there are no assassins but those brave thing was just as ridiculous as this). She is neither a good assassin (lack of intelligence and fighting skills) nor is her character well developed (at one time she is mean, selfish and haughty, the other time she wants to rescue slaves and ((view spoiler)[cries because she thought Sam had died as he blew up the cannons (hide spoiler)])). Mrs Maas a person who kills other persons are most of the time weak-minded people, haunted by the ghosts of those who they had killed. Those people have to make great decisions and need to grow up quick. Celaena on the other hand reminds me of Paris Hilton who has all since she was born and doesn’t need to care whether she has to decide about life and death.The only thing that kept me reading was the dabbling in a marvellous created world. At the beginning of this review I said the story is interwoven with a “feeling” of fantasy. That is right, there is no particular element of fantasy in here but there are worlds we don’t know, Pirate Lords with moving maps on their hands and assassins and that was enough for me – so far.“The Assassin and the Pirate Lord” is one of the few books I don’t like to read again. I bought the second novella the same time I bought the first so I will try and read that too but I can’t guarantee. I can’t connect with books whose protagonists I don’t like and with a writing style of a sixteen-years-old writing beginner. (hide spoiler)]My love for the world and characters Sarah J Maas created grew stronger with each book. I also started to realise that she does know how to write a compelling story without sounding like a sixteen-year-old brat. I still don't know why TAatPL seems to be so different compared to ToG or CoM, since the novellas were written between book 1 and book 2. So while it is nice to see more of Celaena's adventures and the people who shaped her life, I find the novellas are not a necessary 'must read'. I will, however, continue to make my way through the ToG novellas in The Assassin's Blade. Maybe there is a story in there that I like as much as the novels.My opinion about The Assassin and the Pirate Lord did not change over those two years and my adoration for Sarah J Maas. I still think that the story lacks of a seriousness and a good writing style, and is, in the end, rather boring. In the end I'd recommend to leave the novellas out and instead just read the novels. You can't do anything wrong with them. I promise. 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  • Alex
    2019-01-24 00:39

    So I'm restarting my adventure with Celaena Sardothien, this time with 'The Assassin and the Pirate lord'. Fot the first time I've decidet to read ToG first, but this time I'd like to go through the whole story in chronological order. So at the very beginning we meet Celaena as the best assassin of the world, or at least Adarlan. She is violent and unpredictable. Celaena and other assassin Sam are sent to Skuls Bay to make a demand or rather deal with Capitan Rolfe, which turns out to be not what it was supposed to be. That is how one of many things Celaena was supposed to do for Assassins Guilt becomes very risky and dangerous adventure...Great story. Too short but still great.

  • - ̗̀ ash̖́-
    2019-01-26 01:37

    I missed reading from back when Celaena was just the notorious Celaena Sardothien. I missed her so much. Also, Sam. *sobs*

  • Natalia
    2019-02-04 05:33

    This was way better than I expected. It's been almost a year since I read something by Sarah J Maas and this didn't disappoint at all. Also I really like Celaena, I like her in the later books, but here she was lots of fun. I like her relationship with Sam. In the beginning they really hate each other, but I like how in the end of this short story they change their opinions a bit. I loved that I was able to see a bit of her history as an assassins

  • Steph Su
    2019-02-07 04:44

    Well... I'm glad that there was a novella that I could peruse before deciding whether or not I want to read Throne of Glass later this year. My worst fears for Throne of Glass came true in THE ASSASSIN AND THE PIRATE LORD: that, far from being a YA fantasy worthy of Game of Throne fans' attention, it features amateurish writing, an underdeveloped fantasy world, and an unlikable main character with unexplained motivations.Let's start with Celaena. Now, I have nothing against assassins as main characters in fantasy novels. In fact, I loooove them. Except, in THE ASSASSIN AND THE PIRATE LORD, readers never get an idea of what motivates Celaena as an assassin, what drives her behavior as a standoffish, cold-to-the-point-of-being-rude human being. It's not enough that a characters' actions and dialogue are (subjectively) badass; I want to know what drives them to be or have become that way. And I didn't get that in this novella. Celaena seemed to arrive fully formed this way, with the result that her "badassness" felt childish and annoying.It's clear that Celaena is supposed to be the driving force of this novella, and that we're supposed to cheer her on as she engages in a battle of wits with pirates and frees some slaves. But because I felt no sympathy for her, not knowing anything about what has made her become this callous person, I didn't feel the rest of the story at all. The world-building was flimsy--and no, the story's length is no excuse for inadequate world-building, because even short stories need to have good world-building.All in all, Celaena's inexplicably over-the-top brusque behavior soured the whole story for me. I have no problem with a killer as a protagonist, as long as he or she is sympathetic. But Celaena is a child, and I was cringing with everything she did or said. And because of that, I won't be continuing with this series.

  • Amie Kaufman
    2019-02-06 05:32

    I started reading on the train platform heading home from work, and I ended up finishing this novella sitting in my car at the station at the other end of my commute--I couldn't deal with stopping long enough to drive home.As we follow Celaena into the territory of the Pirate Lord, we end up in the middle of a tale that's part fantasy, part adventure and part Pirates of the Caribbean (with an awesome assassin as our leading lady). I was drawn immediately into the action, and this was a fascinating glimpse of a young heroine who will grow and learn over the next three novellas, until we meet her in the first novel in the series, Throne of Glass.If you want a swashbuckling story that will suck you in, toss you around and send you stumbling out the end cheering, this one's for you. It's a heap of fun, and the start of something very special!