Series: Throne of Glass #0.1
Published by Bloomsbury USA Childrens on January 13, 2012
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
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.
Read as part of the Anthology: The Assassin's Balde
My Initial Reaction…
I really enjoyed The Assassin and the Pirate Lord – it was neat to see Caelena before the events of Throne of Glass.
I feel like The Assassin and the Pirate Lord was just a great way to get to know Caelena better. You definitely are fine jumping into The Throne of Glass without reading this, but you get a much better sense of who she is here. You also get a sense of how she’s changed. I mean, I remember her being an arrogant girl – but I feel like it’s tempered a bit between The Assassin and the Pirate Lord and The Throne of Glass and I can only imagine that the events inbetween the two books had something to do with that.
I’m also enjoying getting to see a bit of the Assassin’s Guild that she belonged to and especially the other people. I’m pretty sure that the character I just got to know in The Assassin and the Pirate Lord – Sam – was the person she talks about a lot in The Throne of Glass, I just have to wait and see how the rest of the novellas unfold to be sure.
The story for The Assassin and the Pirate Lord was really good too – it’s a novella and yet it managed to have a lot of action, great dialogue, and character building.
If I were to have any complaints about The Assassin and the Pirate Lord – and I really don’t have many, this was a solid novella – it would be that I don’t like Caelena as much at this point in her life as I did in The Throne of Glass. The mask/hood getup was ridiculous and her attitude was a little over the top. But she redeems herself for me because she cared so much about the slaves.
Also could it have gone on just a little longer, please? I wanted to know what happened when they went back home!
The Assassin and the Pirate Lord was a solid novella and amps up my anticipation to read more of the series.