The Pirate Lord
Celaena Sardothien and her accomplice Sam Cortland are sent on a job to collect a ‘debt’ from the Pirate King, only to find out they are actually there for a slave trade business. Enrage at being tricked, Celaena acts upon her feelings. It was really interesting to see the impacts of her actions, and the aftereffects.
I would have to say, that this was my least favourable novel out of the five. The story didn’t appear to be of importance, but I suspect the new character Yrene will make an appearance in one of the later novels. This story takes place during the time Celaena was traveling to the deserts to work with the Silent Assassins, and happened to save a barmaid (named Yrene who wishes to become a healer one day) from an ambush. Afterwards, Celaena teaches the girl some basic self-defense moves and then leaves behinds a small fortune that will allow the healer to reach for her dreams.
Out of all the novellas, The Desert had to be the most action-packed of them all. Celaena is sent away to a desert to train with the Silent Assassins as her punishment for the consequence of what she did in The Pirate Lord. She must learn their ways and return with the Mute Master’s letter of approval. I loved the secrets and betrayal in this novel, showing that for some, revenge can sometimes become greater than anything else.
The purpose of The Underworld was to build-up Celaena and Sam’s budding romance. Their relationship drastically began to change after the effects of The Pirate Lord from their hateful relationship into something bigger, that they could no longer deny.
I saw it coming, but still… The Empire was an interesting and heartbreaking read. As for the traitor who was involved in the trap… I hope Celaena gives you a very slow and merciless death.