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.
The Assassin and the Pirate Lord is one of the four novellas that were published as an introduction to Sarah J. Maas’ Throne of Glass series. This first novella introduced us to sixteen year old Celeana Sardothein, one of the assassins of Arobynn Hamel. She is the youngest and the only girl assassin in the guild but she is also the best and most feared. As the heir of the lord of the legendary Assassin, Arobynn Hamel, Celeana is sent to meet the Pirate Lord, Captain Rolfe together with another assassin from the guild, Sam Cortland. Initially Celeana and Sam assumed that Arobynn sent them to collect a tribute for the murder of three assassin in the Pirate Lord territory, but soon enough they found out that Arobynn actually sent them for business transaction that has something to do with transporting slaves – something that Celeana doesn’t approved of.
As an introduction to the Throne of Glass‘ world, The Assassin and the Pirate Lord managed to leave a good impression. It is fast-paced and highly entertaining read that explore a dangerous and action packed world of assassins. It offers some wonderful and interesting characters that will leaves you curious and hoping to encounter them again in the other stories of this intriguing fantasy adventure series, Throne of Glass.
Celeana is one of the five assassins under Arobynn Hamel. She is tough, capable, fearless, beautiful and so much aware of all those things about her, which makes her also arrogant. Her nasty attitude can go over the top sometimes but despite of that she has a good heart. When she found out about the buying and selling of slaves she knows right away that she won’t permit such thing, even if she have to go against her mentor Arobynn, King of Assassins. She don’t agree in hurting innocents which says a lot for a killer like her. She takes a stand for innocent people, saving people she barely knows which is really surprising. Obviously there’s more than this girl than what she is showing, and I want to know her more which makes me thankful that I have three more novellas and a series of full length novels to read about her.
“She’d forgotten how she must appear – faceless, cloak waving behind her, striding past them like Death itself.”
Sam Cortland another assassins is simply fascinating. I like the banter between him and Celeana. It provides a nice set-up between the two characters and the possibility of making their relationships go deeper. Another interesting character is the King of Assassins himself, Arobynn Hamel, master of the guild. Though he is barely present in the story, I am sure the role he portray in Celeana’s life is more than interesting.
The best part of this novella is it managed to deliver a complete story even how short and quick. It can stand on its own as it has it’s own valid and interesting conflict, as well as intriguing and well developed characters. It also offers doors for characters improvement and doesn’t go much on the cliché or overly questionable plot.
As for Sarah J. Maas writing, it is exceptionally great for a short novella like this. With her smooth and well paced writing, she masterfully weaved an intriguing and breathlessly exciting story in The Assassin and the Pirate Lord. This novella works exceedingly well as an introduction to the Throne of Glass‘ world and its characters. If this is a taste of how good Sarah J. Maas as a writer, I am definitely excited and looking forward reading her full length novel, Throne of Glass and more of her other works.
Overall, The Assassin and the Pirate Lord manage to be highly entertaining even with its short tale. It is fast-paced and exciting which leaves me more curious about Celeana, and the other assassins. I want to know more about the dangerous adventures they are going to explore and what other risky and intense plans they are up to. After this review, I’ll be throwing myself to the next novella available from this fascinating series.