Tuesday, October 22, 2013

The Pirate's Wish (The Assassin's Curse #2) by Cassandra Rose Clarke - Paul's Review

*I received this book as an eARC from Strange Chemistry on NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

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Title: The Pirate's Wish (The Assassin's Curse #2)

Author: Cassandra Rose Clarke
Year Published: 2013

My PRE-READING of The Pirate's Wish
My REVIEW of The Assassin's Curse
My REVIEW of The Witch's Betrayal
Ashley's REVIEW of The Assassin's Curse
Ashley's REVIEW of The Witch's Betrayal
Ashley's REVIEW of The Automaton's Treasure

Synopsis: 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.

Review: This world is one of my favorite fantasy worlds out there. It's up there with the world of Graceling, Fire, and Bitterblue. The great thing about it is that we've only seen parts of it and there's so much more to explore. One of my favorite characters in this book was the manticore. She is a great character alone and also leads to a whole other interesting book of this world.

Another of my favorite characters was Marjani. I love her backstory and her desires in life. She's a badass with a big heart. I need to read the short story about her soon!

I liked the way this duology used curses. I did want some of the impossible tasks to take longer, but I think that's just because I didn't want their adventure to end. 

Romance is also done in a way I liked. It's integral to the story, but there's so much more. And the characters are larger than their love lives. 

I've heard there are more books set in this world so I am very excited to read those! I give this book a 5/5 and recommend this duology to anyone who likes fantasy adventures in which the world itself feels like its own character.


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