Review of The Pirate’s Wish by Cassandra Rose Clarke

The Pirate's WishThe Pirate’s Wish (The Assassin’s Curse #2)
By: Cassandra Rose Clarke
Release Date: June 4, 2013
Publisher: Strange Chemistry

Electronic copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for a honest review.

This is the second in a series so might contain spoilers from the first novel. Read my review for The Assassin’s Curse here.

My Rating:
star

Summary (via Goodreads):
After setting out to break the curse that binds them together, the pirate Ananna and the assassin Naji find themselves stranded on an enchanted island in the north with nothing but a sword, their wits, and the secret to breaking the curse: complete three impossible tasks. With the help of their friend Marjani and a rather unusual ally, Ananna and Naji make their way south again, seeking what seems to be beyond their reach.

Unfortunately, Naji has enemies from the shadowy world known as the Mists, and Ananna must still face the repercussions of going up against the Pirate Confederation. Together, Naji and Ananna must break the curse, escape their enemies — and come to terms with their growing romantic attraction.

The Story:
The first in this series, The Assassin’s Curse, was a wonderful surprise to me. I was swept away with the setting and characters. Needless to say I couldn’t wait to get into reading The Pirate’s Wish. I was happy it started where the other left off and our characters were true to themselves. I felt that some of the story dragged and I wished the three impossible tasks had been a bit more impossible. Overall it kept with the fun nature of the first, though I felt this one veered into the realm of silly (there were talking sharks–this was too far for me).

 The Characters:
Ananna was angst filled for a lot of the book but this didn’t hamper her growth. The romance was there, but was a tad different than I expected and I found myself frustrated as I often am with characters not communicating. A new character played a rather large role, it would be a spoiler to reveal details, but I will say I wasn’t quite sure how I felt about her.

Final Thoughts:
I wasn’t as blown away with The Pirate’s Wish as I would have liked mostly due to the story going into the territory of talking animals. For some reason it just seemed really ‘off’ to me and I couldn’t shake it feeling silly. I am happy I read it and I will likely read more of what Clarke has to offer.

Review of The Assassin’s Curse by Cassandra Rose Clarke

The Assassin's CurseThe Assassin’s Curse
By: Cassandra Rose Clarke
Release Date: October 2, 2012
Publisher: Strange Chemistry
Source: Purchased for Kindle

My Rating:
star

Summary (via Goodreads):
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.

The Story:
This book was so much fun to read; I breezed through it not wanting to stop once I got into the story. It was fast paced though not a whole lot happens within the central story arc. It’s a lot about the relationship between Naji and Ananna. Often times I am annoyed when there isn’t a defined story climax or not a lot of progression but with The Assassin’s Curse I wasn’t bothered in the least. I ate up every word and let myself be pulled around the world presented to me. I loved the settings (desert, pirate ships,e etc) that Clarke chose to place her characters. I’ve not read many books with these settings but there should really be more.

The Characters:
At first I was the tiniest bit put off with Ananna’s slang,

I ain’t never been one to trust beautiful people, and Tarrin of the Hariri was the most beautiful man I ever saw.

That’s the first line of the book. I had to reread it over to make sure I had read it correctly since the grammar threw me off. It didn’t take long until I had voice for Ananna and was finding her so endearing I didn’t care what grammar she used or didn’t use. She is such a fun, charismatic and unique character I can’t wait to read more adventures with her.

I immediately fell for Naji, give me an assassin with a large scar and I’m smitten. I know there should be nothing attractive about assassin’s but for some reason I’m always drawn to them in fiction, and Naji is no exception. He is just aloof enough to be a mystery but open enough for me to love him.

Final Thoughts:
The Assassin’s Curse was a blast to read and I can’t wait to read The Pirate’s Wish which releases in June.