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.
In this novella we finally get to see Sam! As he and Celaena are sent to Pirate's Bay on orders from their master. Their Master sent them there to get slaves, though they don't find out till later. Once, out assassin finds out, she wants to free them. She hates the idea of slaves and who could blame her? It's freaking terrible! (I'm taking to you Confederate!) People shouldn't be bought and sold. They aren't property. Okay, sorry there, rant over. Back to the story. Sam decides to help her and they end up freeing 200 slaves! Hell yeah! She also makes sure that the Pirate Lord won't be dealing in slaves again.
I actually like Sam in this novella, he's awesome! You can also already see how much he cares for Celaena and it's so sweet. This novella was a great way to kick off the prequels as it is full of action and what makes Throne of Glass so awesome: Celaena. She is so badass and yet sweet at the same time. She is also very used to being spoiled and it shows. I just love her and love watching her grow. Read this now! You'll not regret it!
1) “He couldn't be dead. Not from the dagger, or those dozen pirates, or from the catapult. No, Sam couldn't be so stupid that he'd get himself killed. She'd... she'd... Well she'd kill him if he was dead.”
2) “Sam smiled, his brown eyes turning golden in the dawn. It was such a Sam look, the twinkle of mischief, the hint of exasperation, the kindness that would always, always make him a better person than she was.”