Title: The Assassin’s Curse
Author: Cassandra Rose Clarke
Publisher: Strange Chemistry
Published: October 2012
I love the exotic feel to the cover and the font used for the title is unusual and eye catching.
I enjoyed the pointed way Annana thought. Even though she is a pirate, she’s very down to earth so I found I could relate to her straight away. This had me captivated all the way through to the end. I devoured it in one sitting and didn’t want the book to end as I was taken on a journey to places which are both exotic and harsh in their nature.
This is an impossible love story – Annana unwittingly saves her assassin which means he has to protect her, the curse needs a lot more than first appearances to be broken. The backdrop for the book is stunning, each scenic place is delved into in Technicolor, so I felt as if I was there in the searing heat…on the boat, and on land. My heart broke for the assassin at the end, as he faces the reality of the curse, even though Annana knows she can help in some way.
This is also a story about survival of the fittest and of beating the odds. The end isn’t really a cliff hanger, but is certainly something to look forward to as it holds a hint of promise :) If you want an adventure story, this is it!
Ananna of the Tanarau abandons ship when her parents try to marry her off to an allying pirate clan. But that only prompts the scorned clan to send an assassin after her. And when Ananna faces him down one night, armed with magic she doesn’t really know how to use, she accidentally activates a curse binding them together.
To break the curse, Ananna and the assassin must complete three impossible tasks—all while grappling with evil wizards, floating islands, haughty manticores, runaway nobility, strange magic, and the growing romantic tension between them.
Source – Many thanks to the publisher, this was received for review via Netgalley.