Sunday, January 13, 2019

The Assassin and the Pirate Lord by Sarah J. Maas



The other day, I got a comment on one of my reviews for the Throne of Glass series. A stan had decided to tell me that the only reason I didn't like the books was because I hadn't read the prequels yet. My reaction was, "Are you kidding me? I've read books 1-7, and yet I still need to read more books in this series after clocking in around three thousand pages to give this series a fair shot?" I said as much. The stan did not respond.

I've been told that the prequels are allegedly better than the main novels, but if that's the case, their charm is lost on me. Teenage Celery is just as annoying as adult Celery. We see her here as a sixteen-year-old assassin, and very proud of the fact that she doesn't really kill anyone, so much as kick, punch, shove, and insult them while also bragging about how beautiful and great she is. The only other person I know with so much confidence and so little credibility is Donald Trump.

Celery's mission is to go to the pirate lord Rolfe to see him about his slave trade. She's very angry about the fact that he has so many slaves, but doesn't kill the pirate lord - nor does she see the correlation between assassin and slave trader; like him, she is also a robber of lives, only when you're dead, there's no chance of freedom. No, she's got the moral high ground here. Right. *side-eye*

I thought this book was just as lame as the other books, personally. But I got the anthology edition of these short stories from the library (ironically, the day after I received that stan comment), so I assume that it's fate that I must read these. Who knows? Maybe one will sway me.

Stranger things have happened.

1 out of 5 stars

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