Monday, January 7, 2013

The Assassin's Curse by Cassandra Rose Clarke

Ananna is a seventeen year old girl has lived the life of a pirate alongside her parents. She has plans of her own. And those plans do not include marriage to a son from a low ranking Pirate clan. She wants to be captain of her very own ship one day. Being forced into marriage by her parents, she does what any independent, strong-willed teenager would do….she steals the nearest camel she can spot and hightails it out of town before someone catches her.

During one of her nights of hiding out in a nearby town she encounters an assassin (Naji). Not just any assassin, but one who can blend into the night and use magic to overtake his victims. For the assassin things do not go as planned on his attempt to kill Ananna. While trekking through the desert Naji has another opportunity to kill her this time, but ironically she is the one who ends up saving his life, from a snake no less. It is because of this, that a curse is set into motion and things at least for the moment will not be the same for these two. 

Together they embark on a journey that will hopefully lead them to a cure that will break the curse and hopefully restore their lives back to they way they were. Of course they will have to watch their backs as the pirate clan Ananna escaped from come looking for revenge of their own.

“I can't believe this," I muttered, cradling the skein of water up close to my chest. "Two weeks in the desert all on account of some assassin who doesn't know how to look out for snakes."    

"If you hadn't killed that snake," Naji said calmly, "I would have killed you." 
-Cassandra Rose Clarke, The Assassin’s Curse

The banter between these two was cute. I think their personalities help to balance each other out.
Naji's unwillingness to answer Ananna's questions or let her in on the whole situation that they were facing together irked me at times. He seemed to act like he is in this predicament alone and Ananna was not with him. And for all of Ananna's feistiness and attitude, she sometimes gave up a little too quickly in her quest for answers.

I had wanted to read this book for months and I finally bought it…so glad I did. This was such an enjoyable read. I hadn't read a good pirate story in years. There are no big twists and turns in this story, but I was still entertained by the adventure that occurred during their time together and read the book in the course of a day.  The Assassin’s Curse is a story filled with adventure, magic, romance, and a good old fashion pirate fight or two. The ending leaves room for the second book in the series, The Pirate’s Wish set to release on June 4, 2013. I cannot wait to see what will happen next with Ananna and Naji. If you are into fantasy, pirates, and assassin’s then this book may just be what you are looking for. Happy Reading! J

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars.
The Assassin's Curse (The Assassin's Curse, #1)
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