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Review: The Assassin's Curse by Cassandra Clarke

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.


I enjoyed the assassin's curse for several reasons.

Firstly the book follows the story of Ananna directly after she escapes the clutches of an arranged marriage and triggers a curse on the assassin sent to kill her for running away from the betrothal. I loved Ananna mostly because she is a pirate girl. Quite honestly as a child that was the dream being a pirate girl (yes I was a strange child) and it meant I really wanted to rally behind her and champion her cause. I loved that she was able to hold her own in her adventure.

The story itself was magical and fast paced and as a reader I was completely drawn into the exotic world of the story to the point where I could also feel the sand of the desert whipping around me and the heat of the jungle.

I must say I actually loved the relationship between Ananna and her would be assassin turned champion. I loved her they came closer as they shared several harrowing experiences along their journey.

A book I definitely recommend for fantasy fans who want to be whisked away into another world.


Anonymous said…
I really loved how Ananna narrates exactly as she talks. It was a wonderful touch that really helped make the story for me. Definitely an enjoyable novel!