The Assassin's Curse
Cassandra Rose Clarke
The Assassin's Curse #1
Published October 2nd 2012
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'm not going to lie, the soul reason that decided to read this book is because I love pirates and I love assassins. So the concept of them mushed together into one novel with the added aspect of magic, The Assassin's Curse is a book I just simply had to read.
To be honest, Naji kind of left me down as an assassin. I mean, we didn't see him assassinate anyone, he is far to self-conscious about his facial scars than a badass assassin should be, and is too in touch with his feelings - because really, if you kill people for a living, your going to emotionally repressed, aren't you? He did have some redeeming qualities like being a deadly fighter and having a good sense of honour.
Ananna is a fairly decent pirate - even though we see little of her pirating abilities. I liked the development that she made in understanding herself and her abilities with water magic. It tied nicely into the storyline which kept me from yell things at the book. Then there is her and Naji. It was really not hard to see where the relationship between her and Naji was going to end up, even just from reading the blurb, but the naivety of them to their feelings had me frustrated and yelling, 'Just tell him you love him!' at the book, because, honestly, what are the chance of a guy admitting that - even in a fantasy world?
I found some of the scenes and plot twist a bit ludicrous, but when I thought about it, ludicrous worked. Because, really, in a world where you have wizards, pirates, magical assassin, elemental mages, normal just doesn't seem all that normal does it?
Overall, The Assassin's Curse is a enjoyable read with action, magic and whimsy. A great book a great book as long as you don't take it too seriously.
3 out of 5