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Book Review: The Assassin’s Curse by Cassandra Rose Clarke

The Assassin’s Curse by Cassandra Rose Clarke

Publication Date: October 1st, 2012

Publisher: Strange Chemistry

Genre(s): YA, Fantasy, Adventure, Romance

Series Status: The Assassin’s Curse #1

Pages: 320

Format and Source: eBook, Owned

Rating: 4 out of 5

Synopsis from Goodreads:

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.

I only chose to read The Assassin’s Curse because it sounded like a great filler book, the sort of transition book you read when waiting for a certain much more important book to arrive (which I’m doing right now). I didn’t expect to enjoy it this as much as I did.

Ananna is a very headstrong character, who is far from perfect. She isn’t the prettiest of people, she is rather stubborn, and she doesn’t like admitting she’s wrong, but she’s a very good pirate. When she ran away from her marriage she did it as a spur of the moment decision, which is probably the only thing that really annoyed me about this book. Yes, it does show she is rather impulsive, but I don’t like how she just saw a camel and went, ‘I bet I can use that to get away from marrying the irritating twat,’ and then runs for it. That I find irritating because an important decision like that should take a lot more time than that.

But I do love her relationship between her and Naji, the assassin, as it starts of as one of pure accident where they are bound together due to the curse. From there it develops into a friendship, where they actually do care about each other, and then more, well for Ananna anyway.

There is also quite a lot of magic in this book, a lot more than  thought there would be. I was expecting the odd spell here and there, not for the assassins themselves to be magical beings, and for there to be entirely new creatures who come from a different world. Luckily I think this is pulled off quite well. Yes, it is quite complicated, but it never got in the way of the story.

Overall this is quite a good book, with action, adventure, pirates, assassins, magic, a little bit of romance, and a lot of character development. So, if fantasy and action are your sort of thing then I do recommend it. Though I think it’s only available as an ebook, because, and correct me if I’m wrong on this one, apparently something happened with the publishing company so they had to stop making the books. Luckily the ebooks are all still available, which is how I am reading it now.

6 thoughts on “Book Review: The Assassin’s Curse by Cassandra Rose Clarke

  1. The cover drew me in to reading this review but man it sounds really really good!

    Are you by chance looking for anymore ‘filler’ books? I’d love for you to give mine a go if you are (or are in the future!) It’s a the first in a seven part series and I’d totally share your review if you wrote one. 🙂 I threw the link and bio below if you want to know more. (Love the name of your blog by the way.)

    BIO: Adventure finds those who are brave enough to take the first step.

    Aaron never wanted to pursue kingship, but his care for the lives of his people forced him toward it. When his father, The King of Upitar, sends him on a quest to find a girl who was prophesied long ago to destroy their world, Aaron finds himself fighting the option of running away forever or fulfilling his destiny as the Heir of Upitar.

    By water traveling, a gift his people have that allows them to go back and forth between their world and Earth through water, Aaron starts this adventure with thousands of thoughts and questions racing around his head.

    While on his journey, he inadvertently meets the very girl he’s sent to kill, Madalyne Harper. Without knowing it’s her, an unlikely romance between the sarcastic and daring Madalyne Harper begins to flourish with the rebellious and curious, Prince Aaron Archien. As they grow closer, Aaron begins to learn of secrets within the Harper family regarding water travelers. Wanting to learn more, and wanting an excuse to hang out with Madi, Aaron continues to delay his original mission. As family problems and outside forces press down on them, Aaron and Madi soon find themselves running away together.

    Everything between them is great until Aaron learns the girl he has connected so well with is the same girl he’s going to have to kill…

    LINK :

    – Dan 🙂

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