Publication Date: October 1st, 2012
Publisher: Strange Chemistry
Genre(s): YA, Fantasy, Adventure, Romance
Series Status: The Assassin’s Curse #1
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.