Thursday, 21 June 2012

The Assassin and The Pirate Lord by Sarah J. Maas

Published in 13th January 2012 by Bloomsbury USA.
Pages - 69
This book was purchased via Amazon.co.uk
1st novella in a series of 4 attached to Throne of Glass.


Seated in the council room of the Assassin's Keep, Celaena Sardothien leaned back in her chair. 'It's past four in the morning,' she said, adjusting the folds of her crimson silk dressing gown and crossing her bear legs beneath the wooden table.'This had better be important.'
'Perhaps if you hadn't been reading all night, you wouldn't be so exhausted.' snapped a young man seated across from her. She ignored him and studied the four other people assembled in the underground chamber.
Amazon Summary
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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I wanted to prepare myself for Throne of Glass which I am really excited about reading so I happily skipped over to Amazon to download the three available novellas that have been published in ebooks alongside the book. 
In this first one we get to meet Celaena, who can only be described as a iddy biddy young thing, with a whole lot of power hidden in her finger tips. For a sixteen year old, she is deadly and frightening with it. She isn't afraid of anyone and she comes across as rather full of herself and brash to begin with, but as the story unfolds you realise she has a very big heart hidden within her armour. She goes to extremely dangerous lengths to do the right thing and help others. I thought she was an amazing character the more I found out about her. 
This story is really gripping and I read it in one sitting. The language is descriptive and enticing. The plot thrilling and exciting - within 69 pages, the author really packs a punch. 
Sam was an intriguing character and you realise that Celaena's view of him to begin with is completely wrong. She is convinced he is one to watch out for, yet I am convinced they will grow closer as the novellas and story progress. 
I really really loved this short story and will be diving straight into the next one very soon. It is a slim little fellow but completely action packed and bursting with vibrancy. If you love pirates, you will adore this book. 
An enticing start to give you a taste of what to expect!


2 comments:

  1. I'm going to have to stop visiting your blog as it seems I often come away with yet another read to be added to my wish list.

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  2. Short stories work, and then they do not work for me. So this one or the actually story, that is the question

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