The Assassin's Curse
Ananna of the Tanarau abandons ship when her parents try to marry her off to an allying pirate clan: she wants to captain her own boat, not serve as second-in-command to her handsome yet clueless fiance. But her escape has dire consequences when she learns the scorned clan has sent an assassin after her. And when the assassin, Naji, finally catches up with her, things get even worse. Ananna inadvertently triggers a nasty curse - with a life-altering result. Now Ananna and Naji are forced to become uneasy allies as they work together to break the curse and return their lives back to normal. Or at least as normal as the lives of a pirate and an assassin can be.
- Paperback | 350 pages
- 129.54 x 195.58 x 22.86mm | 226.8g
- 20 Sep 2012
- Angry Robot
- Strange Chemistry
- Botley, United Kingdom
"Unique, heart-wrenching, full of mysteries and twists!" - Tamora Pierce
About Cassandra Rose Clarke
Cassandra Rose Clarke is a speculative fiction writer and occasional teacher living amongst the beige stucco and overgrown pecan trees of Houston, Texas. She is a graduate of the 2010 Clarion West Writers Workshop, and she holds a master's degree in creative writing from the The University of Texas at Austin. Her short fiction has appeared in Strange Horizons.
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Ananna dreams of being Captain of her own ship one day, so marrying Tarrin, a marriage arranged by her parents, is something she really doesn't want to do. So, she runs from her betrothed, by stealing a camel and running, or should I say, riding, away. She doesn't know what she's going to do now, just that she can't go back to her parents and that Tarrin's family will most likely have assassins on her tail before long. Naji, the assassin sent after Ananna, has a curse on him. He will be bound to protect the person who will one day save his life, and will feel unmerciful pain when that person is put in danger. And during his attack on Ananna, she saves his life from a snake. And so begins a trip across the dessert, across the ocean and to the Isle of the Sky, to find someone who can lift the curse. The threat of another assassin coming after Ananna or "the mists", coming after Naji, is with them all the time. The Assassin's Curse was an awesome read. I found Ananna to be a fantastic heroine. She's a pirate, she's strong, brave and handy with a knife or sword. She's also ambitious and not afraid of speaking her mind. The Assassin, Naji, is broody and mysterious. A scar down one side of his face adds vulnerability to what is otherwise a tough exterior. He is very self concious of it, and wears a mask most of the time. This vulnerable side made him so much more appealing and I loved him. I thoroughly enjoyed the interactions and relationship of Naji and Ananna. While there's no romance and revelation of feelings between the two, I know they're there for Ananna and feel they are also present for Naji, I'm definitely hoping they are anyway. The Assassin's Curse is fast paced with a dose of action and angst plus Naji keeps us guessing throughout with all the secrets he keeps. What's coming in the next book, The Pirate's Wish, seems really good and I'm really looking forward to it.show moreby Suzanne Finnegan
Ananna was 17 and the daughter of pirates. She loved the sea and the pirate life, but her parents tried to marry her off to another pirate clan so she had to leave. It was risky to have the first person voice have Ananna's accent (improper English with ain't used throughout). I think it worked pretty well. The voice was definitely unique. Would I want every book I read to talk like that? No, definitely not. It would get old really fast, but for this book it worked. Ananna was so brazen, funny, tomboyish, and tough. She could also be kind and a fiercely loyal friend. She really grew on me. The romance was painfully slow and aggravating. Naji was interesting and very mysterious. The swearing annoyed me. I felt like it was frequent, but I guess it could be compared to a PG-13 movie. The ending was frustrating, but honestly I'm hooked. This was a great book, very unique and exciting. I will definitely be reading book two when it comes out next summer. Content Ratings: sexual: mild language: moderate violence: moderate other: mildshow moreby Clean Teen Fiction
The Assassin's Curse is filled with action and characters that are fascinating. Ananna of the Tanarau is the main character - she's a pirate and a thief and then there is that pesky price on her head. That right there makes for a good story. Then comes the assassin, Naji, who is dark and mysterious and is sporting some serious scars - an even better storyline emerges. While the book is a quick read and it feels light and easy to read - it's not filled with fluff. There are some emotional storylines for both of the characters and then combining their problems makes for more emotions to run wild. As the book description states there is a curse that they are trying to break - and curses mean magic! The magic in the story is just as interesting and has it's own differences from other stories. The ending came too quick for me and I want more - good thing it's the start to a series, a pleasant surprise for me! ARC reviewed by Jessica for Book Sake. Book Received: For free from publisher in exchange for an honest reviewshow moreby Jessica