Sassinak was listed for one of the Space Opera Group’s books of the month for April, and unusually I got it read within the timescale.

It’s another for my SpaceTime Reading Challenge – which seems to be going rather well as I’m over halfway through in four months.

Sassinak (Planet Pirates #1)

Sassinak by Anne McCaffreyby Anne McCaffrey and Elizabeth Moon


Sassinak was twelve when the raiders came. That made her just the right age: old enough to be used, young enough to be broken. Or so the slavers thought. But Sassy turned out to be a little different from your typical slave girl. Maybe it was her unusual physical strength. Maybe it was her friendship with the captured Fleet crewman. Maybe it was her spirit. Whatever it was, it wouldn’t let her resign herself to the life of a slave. She bided her time, watched for her moment. Finally it came, and she escaped.

But that was only the beginning for Sassinak. Now she’s a Fleet Captain with a pirate-chasing ship of her own, and only one regret in her life: not enough pirates.

My Review

When I finished Sassinak, in only a few sittings, I knew I’d enjoyed it, but felt I’d grown out of it… or maybe it’s just my mood at present. Despite Sass growing up and becoming a 40-odd year old Captain/Commander, she still felt like a teen most of the times.

I think the hallmarks of Anne McCaffrey are all there – strong central female character, finding strong male partners to work with, but being too independent to tie them down for long… or are they coming back? But like many of AMC’s books, especially those in conjunction with Elizabeth Moon, it just ends, without there really being a climax. Maybe I’m looking for too much?

I can’t see me rushing for any of the later ones in the series… although I’d like to reread the Petaybee series some time 🙂

add to goodreads buttonA good lightweight scifi for someone in their teens or twenties, maybe 🙂


Book Review | Sassinak by Anne McCaffrey
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2 thoughts on “Book Review | Sassinak by Anne McCaffrey

  • 18 May, 2019 at 8:03 pm

    Interesting review, Jemima. I discovered Anne McCaffrey in my teens and read every Pern book, but the Planet Pirates series was not one of her other series I encountered.

    • 19 May, 2019 at 10:05 pm

      Yes, I was addicted to the Pern series, and also Killashandra, the Crystal Singer. Then I found the one with the selkies on the planet – which turns out to be the Petaybee series. Then of course there is The Ship Who Sang and all the other Brain & Brawn spaceship adventures…

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