Title: The Automaton's Treasure
Author: Cassandra Rose Clarke
Year Published: 2013
The Witch's Betrayal Review
The Assassin's Curse Review
The Pirate's Wish Review
Synopsis: A tale exploring Marjani's first steps beyond Qilar, when she is dismissed from her home for scandalous behaviour.
Marjani's ship is stolen by pirates and, in order to save her own life, she pretends to know the location of great treasure.
Review: I am a huge fan of The Assassin's Curse series, and I was super excited to find out that there would be another short story set before Naji and Annana meet. Even more so when I learned it was about Marjani! And I was not disappointed at all.
Like The Witch's Betrayal, this story offers a glimpse into the life of one of the characters before we meet them. If you've read The Pirate's Wish, you already know some of Marjani's secrets, including why she's being sent away. What we didn't know, however, is what happens to her between being sent away and becoming a pirate. This story, aside from showing us one of Marjani's adventures, also helps mold her into a dynamic character and allows us to better understand what motivates her to do the things she does. I love when minor characters get their own short stories.
I also really loved the automaton. I mean, who wouldn't want a bejewled little robot crocodile? And all the poor little thing wants to do is get back to his great treasure. I loved the way that he was portrayed, and the way he talks about his great treasure. Especially after learning what this treasure was. It also gave us a chance to learn a little bit more about this world, I think, since we're introduced to even more creatures and places.
I would definitely recommend this to anyone who has read and enjoyed any of the books and/or stories in the Assassin's Curse series. This is a nice, quick read that will allow readers to get to know one of the more mysterious characters from the books, and will take them on a completely different adventure than we've previously seen in the series. I would give this a 4/5, and suggest that if you haven't read any of the Assassin's Curse books, you go do that ASAP!