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The Assassin and the Pirate Lord: A Throne of Glass Novella [Kindle Edition]

Sarah J. Maas
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (127 customer reviews)

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Book Description

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.

Product Details

  • File Size: 254 KB
  • Print Length: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens (January 13, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006ZVW3T4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #37,411 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Read it in a sitting -- because I couldn't put it down! January 21, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
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!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fun, but I expected more out of it July 4, 2012
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The first of four novellas leading up to Throne of Glass, Maas gives readers who weren't around to read her novel on Fictionpress their first taste of Celaena Sardothien, Adarlan's Assassin. I haven't stopped hearing about the author for months now because of how her novel started out, and I was eager to see what all the fuss is about. I can't say I don't see how she got so many fans, but I can say she still needs improvement.

The writing craft could use a little work, but most scenes read easily and there were only one or two tripping points. The Assassin and the Pirate Lord was a quick read not because it was short but because it was well-paced and smooth. I couldn't find out what would happen quickly enough! The tension between Sam and Celaena at the start of the novella was fantastic, but the sexual tension it devolved into kind of lost me. I felt they worked better as allies who didn't like each other.

Celaena has me worrying the next novellas and the novel will establish her as a Mary Sue sort of character because she comes close to being one here. Being the heir to the current Assassin Guild's leader Arobynn seems like it requires brains and skill because the assassin life isn't just about being good at killing people. Celaena certainly has the skill, as proven by what she pulled off, but her impulsive behavior that led to the scheme in the first place doesn't indicate she has the brains just yet. Based on who she is presented as in this novella, there is no way she should be his heir.

In addition, a question brought up about why Arobynn sent them out of Rifthold when he could have sent other people is dropped as soon as it comes up and that loose thread is begging me to take some scissors to it.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A-M-A-Z-I-N-G January 23, 2012
By Rae
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All I can say is AMAZING.

Finished in less than 24 hours from purchase, I just couldn't put it down!

I followed Throne of Glass (then called Queen of Glass) when Sarah J. Maas was posting regularly on almost 10 years ago and I couldn't have been happier when I found out that not only was the book being published, but 4 novellas would also be released!

The first novella of the series, The Assassin and the Pirate Lord, takes place prior to events in Throne of Glass. I was so excited to read about Celeana again and this, like all of Sarah's work, is so well written that it just draws you into the world and the characters.

This series is perfect for those who love fantasy, adventure, fighting, chases, escapes, love, and miracles. I highly recommend this and all future works by Sarah J. Maas.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An absolute must read for all epic fantasy lovers! January 20, 2012
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Celaena is tough, stubborn, and impulsive--we all know that from THRONE OF GLASS...but she wasn't always AS tough (though she was certainly MORE stubborn and MORE impulsive).

In this novella preceding the events of Sarah J. Maas's famed THRONE OF GLASS, we get to see that young, untried Celaena. Don't get me wrong--when I say "untried", I don't mean "weak". She can still kick your butt (with her hands tied behind her back and her eyes blindfolded), but her edges haven't yet reached the sharp, vengeful ones we know from THRONE OF GLASS. This Celaena is still searching for her place in the world, still finding her own moral code, and still learning how to interact with others--particularly others that pull her heartstrings in ways she's not accustomed.

I adore Celaena in this novella, and the plot compliments her personality perfectly. The way her choices set off a series of SWASHBUCKLINGLY EPIC events show us exactly how this "naive" Celaena is starting to become the hardened badass of THRONE OF GLASS.

If you're a fan of fantasy, adventure, or fast-paced reads, then THE ASSASSIN AND THE PIRATE LORD is definitely for you.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Waiting paid off January 22, 2012
By KimNN
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I can't even begin to tell you how long I've waited and looked forward to reading about Celaena again (since FP days). I can't believe this novella was released early, and I'm super thankful!! I finished this novella in one sitting, but I tried very hard to slow down and savor the words because I didn't want it to end so fast. Reading this novella brought a smile to my face. Our heroine is spunky, sassy, and kickass to boot, and I love her to bits. I miss her already and really really want the next novella to be released asap, but I can't be greedy. The universe has been nice enough to give me this novella early, so I'm going to be good and wait patiently (to the best of my *limited* ability).

The price was really surprising ($0.99!!!!) and a complete steal. I was willing to shelve out alot more so I'm even more happy and grateful.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Just a good read for a back story to throne.
Definitely not up to par with Throne Of Glass but I guess does a pretty good job of setting a back story for Sam and Caleana. Read more
Published 16 days ago by Danielle Strickler
3.0 out of 5 stars I think I'll be reading more of this series.
Angry self-obsessed teenage girl kills people for a living. And yet I like her because of her morals, and because she's a rebel in the purest sense. Read more
Published 28 days ago by TheWorldIsMovingTooFast
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun for all...not just the YA's
I really enjoyed this first novella in the Throne of Glass series.
I think this lead up will really get us ready for the Novel. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Debbie
4.0 out of 5 stars she is fabulous!
I so love this characte! I've read the first two books in the Throne of Glass them! It was nice to go back in Her history and hear a bit more of her exploits. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Daniell English-Baxter
5.0 out of 5 stars must read series
Good little read for starting off the series. Its a little slow at first but its worth reading so keep going
Published 2 months ago by Brittani Barrientos
5.0 out of 5 stars yes
opens up new characters and feelings about her past and makes you love the characters.
not completely necessary to read the main books but a nice backstory if you love the... Read more
Published 2 months ago by kelsey
5.0 out of 5 stars great read
I couldn't put it down, such a good book, loved it and can not wait to read more!! a must read!
Published 2 months ago by Jade Wadsworth
5.0 out of 5 stars I am so in love with this series!
Love, love,love! While awaiting the third novel, I decided to give the novellas a try. I will continue happily devouring anything the author puts out! Simply great!
Published 2 months ago by Nicole and Kourtny
5.0 out of 5 stars great book
love all of sarah j maas'books. these novellas just add to the characters of the throne of glass books and also let us see into the past of Celaena sardothien
Published 2 months ago by sarah kennedy
3.0 out of 5 stars Great story
Calaena and Sam have been sent to the Pirate Lord to collect on a debt. Unbeknownst to them, they are actually there to collect a shipment of slaves. Read more
Published 2 months ago by The NerdHerd Reads
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Sarah J. Maas was born and raised in New York City, but after graduating from Hamilton College in 2008, she moved to Southern California. She's always been just a tad obsessed with fairy-tales and folklore, though she'd MUCH rather be the one slaying the dragon (instead of the damsel in distress). When she's not busy writing, she can be found geeking out over things like Han Solo, gaudy nail polish, and ballet.

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