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

Sarah J. Maas
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)

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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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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2522 KB
  • Print Length: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Childrens; 1 edition (16 Feb. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 140883233X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408832332
  • ASIN: B007E6PN3M
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #42,388 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
'The Assassin and the Pirate Lord' is the first of 4 prequel e-novellas that take Celaena Sardothien, heroine of 'Throne of Glass', and explore her previous exploits. As such, it's pretty much a question of What to Expect in 'Throne of Glass'. This story is set 2 years prior to the main novel, so when Celaena is 16. Arobynn Hamel, head of the Assassin's Guild and Celaena's father figure, sends Celaena to conclude a deal with the Pirate Lord, accompanied by another assassin, Sam Cortland, who is sent to keep her reckless, arrogant streak in check. But when the pair get to their destination, they realise that they weren't told everything about their mission, and Celaena decides to take matters into her own hands.

This is an action-packed novella that provides a fun introduction to the world of 'Throne of Glass', particularly as it takes us to parts of the story's world that we don't see in the main novel, and it's great reading for anyone interested in the shady character of Arobynn Hamel. 'New' (or should it be old, as it's a prequel?) character Sam holds his own against the men of 'Throne of Glass' - he's not quite as lovely as Chaol, and he's younger and hence a bit more sensitive, but he's a level-headed contrast to the pretentious and boastful Celaena in the same way. The story is just the right length for when you want a quick escape into pure fantasy, and the style is beautifully descriptive, with an easy charm that makes it very pleasant to read.

The obvious flaw in all of these stories is that it's ridiculous that a beautiful 16-year-old girl should be a kingdom's most notorious assassin, but the author gets around this in an amusing way by making Celaena ridiculously arrogant about it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Throne of Glass novella 1 26 May 2012
By Sarah (Feeling Fictional) TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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The Assassin and the Pirate Lord is the first of four prequel novellas that are being released in the run up to the publication of Sarah J Maas' debut novel Throne of Glass in August. I've been dying to get my hands on the book for months now so I couldn't resist picking up the novellas while I was waiting.

I have to admit that I found the novella a little confusing at first, it jumps straight into the story so as I wasn't familiar with the characters or the world it took a few minutes to figure out what was going on. Having said that this was a great introduction to our main character Celaena and some of the other assassins. She is sent with rival assassin Sam on an assignment to collect a debt owed to them by the Pirate Lord. However, when they arrive they discover that they are actually supposed to bring home slaves rather than money.

Now Celaena may be an assassin but she has a conscience and she doesn't agree with hurting innocents. She is horrified at the treatment of the slaves and is determined to come up with a plan to save them. You have to admire her for the way she is so willing to put herself in danger to save strangers. It was really interesting watching the relationship between Celaena and Sam change throughout the story and I'm hoping we get to see more of them in the novel. I have a feeling they would make quite a fearsome couple if they got together.

The Assassin and the Pirate Lord is a fast paced, action packed, quick read full of drunk pirates and sword fights. This was a fun story and has just increased my excitement for the book, in the meantime I'm looking forward to the next three novellas!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Order of Novellas 2 April 2013
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Thought you may find it helpful to know the order of the novellas: 1. Pirate Lord; 2. Desert; 3. Underworld; 4. Empire.
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This is the third of 5 novella's which precede the first full book in the series Throne of Glass: 1. They are also available in a paperback book format together; The Assassin's Blade: The Throne of Glass Novellas (Throne of Glass Omnibus), which is what I have bought and read and absolutely loved from cover to cover. The reading order of the novellas if you want to read them individually instead is:-

1. The Assassin and The Pirate Lord
2. The Assassin and The Healer (please note this is only available in the paperback format at the time of writing this review)
3. The Assassin and The Desert
4. The Assassin and The Underworld
5. The Assassin and The Empire

Although these are a prequel to Throne of Glass I have actually read them after reading the first three main books of the series (Throne of Glass, Crown of Midnight and Heir of Fire) and I think that because of this I have enjoyed them so much more than some of the other reviewers. I would actually suggest reading these prequel novellas after reading Throne of Glass as then the character Celeana Sardothien will be much more lovable as I think if reading these novellas without knowing her character she may come across as a bit annoying and full or herself. I have been a fan of the series since reading Throne of Glass and I absolutely adore the characters in the series but most of all Celeana herself and I can't recommend the whole series enough.

If you haven't read Throne of Glass and the novellas are the first time you have ventured into the world of Celeana Sardothian then stop reading here as there are spoilers next.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A very good read
Published 7 days ago by Chris's review
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
simply amazing
Published 6 months ago by Amy
5.0 out of 5 stars Feeling cheated
Don`t buy this book if you have bought the Assasins blade as this novello is in there too. I feel as though i have been ripped off as i have purchased a book i didn`t need.
Published 8 months ago by julie
5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZING
Amazing. Fully captivating and alluring plot. Five stars from me, a truly great read and story. Can't wait for the next
Published 8 months ago by Kindle Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Silly and cliched; fans will love it!
"The Assassin and the Pirate Lord" is the first of five "prequel novellas" (or, more accurately, pre-release advertising teasers) for Sarah J. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Steve Benner
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Published 13 months ago by Mrs K Robinson
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book
Excellent read and good book in general. It was unsuspecting and thrilling throughout but a bit short for my liking
Published 16 months ago by Matthew Jordan
4.0 out of 5 stars quick read
If your into this genre, then this novella is a Good quick read, with enjoyable subject matter. Could read in an hour.
Published 18 months ago by scoolie
3.0 out of 5 stars good read
Another good sardothien read, not big fan of short stories, but good insight into calaena's life. Would recommend if read previous novels
Published 20 months ago by mattski
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