Thursday, May 17, 2012

The Assassin and the Pirate Lord by Sarah J. Maas [REVIEW]

The Assassin and the Pirate Lord
(Throne of Glass #0.1)
by Sarah J. Maas

Summary from Goodreads:

"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 four (not sure if there will be more) short stories Sarah J. Maas offers her readers of a glimpse into Celaena Sardothien’s life as the kingdom’s greatest assassin .

I’m going to keep this short and simple.


The end.

... just kidding!

Let me elaborate.

This is one of the few short stories that actually make most of those 500plus-paged books promising action, adventure and romance look like crap! I’m not going to mention which... *cough* [insert book over 500 pages that you didn’t like] *cough*

Ms. Maas introduces us to Celaena, a girl who’s not afraid to admit she’s the best and that she deserves the best. Finally, a protagonist who’s not meek and all that stereotypical heroines who always feel like they’re the biggest losers in life! Of course I like those kinds of characters too [not most of the time] but it’s really nice to find some other personality for a change. Sure, Celaena’s kind of arrogant, vain and spoiled... she’s a b**** too sometimes but you know what I like about her? She’s fearless! And no, I’m not saying she’s not afraid of anything, but she damn well knows how to conquer them.

I really love that she’s not the typical heroine; she likes to pamper herself, wears expensive clothes and stuff, she knows she’s beautiful and that her beauty is a weapon as deadly as her blades and skills, but she also has a good heart. Who says those things don’t mix?

Celaena is only one of the few good reasons to read this book. Another would be, of course, the story itself. I’m not going to any more details but I can say that with less than a hundred pages, you get an adventure of a lifetime; a simple one though, but remarkable nonetheless.

Maas’s writing is incredibly gripping; it’s very simple yet vivid and likable. I really like the action scenes and the almost-love story between Celaena and Sam [do I sense a spark between these two or what?]. Reading the Assassin and the Pirate Lord just makes me more impatient to read Throne of Glass.

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