Book Review: The Assassin and the Pirate Lord (2012)

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

Three assassins had been found murdered by pirate hands, and Arobynn had sent her to be his personal dagger—to extract retribution, preferably the gold kind, for what their deaths would cost the Assassins’ Guild.

This is the first Throne of Glass book I’ve read, but to be honest I don’t know that I loved it enough to continue. I found the opening quite interesting, but the more I read, the more I found Celaena to be a frustrating lead. She was all show, all talk, all arrogance, but then just failed to live up to her own rep? I dunno, I was hoping to be more impressed by the ‘assassin’ telling everyone and everything that she’s the best in the world, the most beautiful person ever, the smartest, etc, etc. But I just don’t feel like we got to see that? I don’t feel like it was ever actually relayed to the audience why we’re supposed to believe Celaena is the best assassin ever other than her own word on the matter? The text didn’t seem to show us her purported badassery, either. I was waiting for it, but it didn’t seem to quite get there (this could definitely be a case of it’s not you it’s me, though!).

I may or may not read the rest (because it does sound like it really picks up the pace later on!), but at the moment, I’m not sure this series is for me.

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