Publication Date: June 4th, 2013
Publisher: Strange Chemistry
Genre(s): YA, Fantasy, Adventure, Romance
Series Status: The Assassin’s Curse #2
Format and Source: eBook, Owned
Rating: 2 out of 5
Synopsis from Goodreads:
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.
The Pirate’s Wish is the sequel to The Assassin’s Curse, which I really enjoyed. Unfortunately I didn’t enjoy this book as much.
I really didn’t like the romance in this book, probably because Ananna became irritatingly stubborn, and just plain annoying. Her entire character went from enjoyably snarky in one book, to a stubborn pain in the ass who refuses to listen to other people’s opinions. This made all developments between her and Naji less enjoyable. I also didn’t like the way the romance was portrayed either. It was almost like a switch was flicked and they went from ignoring each to snogging.
Another aspect I wasn’t entirely fond of was how weird it got. The first first had mystical beings, and strange magic, but that was all written pretty well. This one had manticores and talking sharks in vests. It was all so ridiculous that it made it seem more like a children’s book than anything else.
And then there was the subplots, the many, many subplots. Not only did they have the get rid of Naji’s curse, they had to contend with magical beings called the Mists wanting Naji dead for saving the world – a story that is barely touched upon in the books – and Ananna’s ex-fiance’s family out to kill her, and getting a manticore back to her home island, and the blood bond that was made between Naji and Ananna. Honestly there was just way too many aspects in this book which made the story go from enjoyable to downright unbelievable. By ‘unbelievable’ I mean the sort where you sit there not understandig how the book goes from being stuck on an island to being attacked by the ghost of a wizard who was eaten by a manticore he was intending to kill. It’s just all ridiculous.
Unfortunately this sequel was nowhere near as good as the first, which disappointed me a lot and therefore I don’t recommend it to you. If you still do wish to read it though – which is entirely your choice – it’s only available in ebook form due to issues with the publishing company.