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The Assassin's Curse

Clarke, Cassandra Rose (Book - 2012 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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Ananna of the Tanarau abandons ship when her parents try to marry her off to another pirate clan. But that only prompts the scorned clan to send an assassin after her. 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 spell, 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. -- publisher.
Authors: Clarke, Cassandra Rose, 1983-
Title: The assassin's curse
Publisher: Long Island City, N.Y. : Strange Chemistry, 2012.
Characteristics: 298 p. ;,20 cm.
Summary: Ananna of the Tanarau abandons ship when her parents try to marry her off to another pirate clan. But that only prompts the scorned clan to send an assassin after her. 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 spell, 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. -- publisher.
ISBN: 9781908844019
1908844019
Statement of Responsibility: Cassandra Rose Clarke
Subject Headings: Magic Fiction. Wizards Fiction. Imaginary places Fiction.
Genre/Form: Romantic suspense fiction.
Topical Term: Magic
Wizards
Imaginary places
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Mar 14, 2014
  • cad23 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I really enjoyed reading this book. The characters are well developed, and the author paints a vivid landscape that captivates and intrigues you, making you feel like you are there in the story with Ananna and Naji. I enjoyed the dialogue that these two characters shared. Fast-paced storytelling with pirates and magic included; what's not to love! Can't wait for WPL to get the next book in the series - "The Pirate's Wish".

Feb 25, 2014
  • JCLJoshN rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Fast-paced, swashbuckling fantasy full of weird magic and loads of snark. It has one of the most distinctive narrative voices I've read in a long time and a fun Sinbad the Sailor-meets-Pirates of the Caribbean-meets Firefly feel. Ananna is a smart, savvy, witty, completely unpretentious protagonist who kicks all kinds of ass. Naji is a nice play on the mysterious, stoic hero. Basically, both main characters, as well as most of the minor characters, show lots of depth, and the world-building is lush and strange, while never being dropped into the story heavy-handedly. Add all of that to a plot that has all of the pacing of a pulp magazine story, and you've got one hell of a good ride.

Feb 08, 2014
  • Vilka rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Fun adventure in a Sinbad-like setting. Ananna, a no-nonsense (and pretty kickass) pirate's daughter very matter-of-factly walks out on an arranged marriage; her fiancé's offended family send an assassin after her, and while defending herself she accidentally triggers a curse that binds the assassin to her. The two of them go on the run to find a way to break the curse. Ananna is no fluttery-eyed damsel in distress, which is refreshing, and Naji (the assassin) is an interesting character. There is a little mild swearing and a lot of double-negatives, but what do you expect from a pirate ;P. By the end of this book, they've only just found out what they have to do to break the curse (BAD cover-description! you LIE!). I do look forward to the next installment.

Oct 17, 2013
  • oliviajane29 rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

Definitely a teen book, the bad grammar throughout the whole book got a little annoying.Fairly original ideas I just wish she would of developed the characters better and went into their back stories more. I suppose its hard to do that though when the book is written all in first person... Not the best, not the worst either.

Loved this book! There's never a dull moment in the adventures of Naji and Annana. I finished it in one sitting, I just couldn't put it down! It has romance, action, and adventure - a perfect read!

I loved this book - it had fantastic descriptions and a great plot. I think i fell in love a bit with Naji myself during the story~ Anyway, I do recommend this book to anyone who enjoys fantasy novels, but not the overly romantic ones.

Jul 21, 2013
  • mbssmith rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I loved this book! I really enjoyed when Ananna was talking about her mother's water magic. In my opinion the description was wrong though. To break the spell, Ananna and the assassin must complete three impossible tasks (which you only learn about at the end of the last chapter) all while grappling with evil wizards (one wizard, whom in my opinion was not even evil...), floating islands (they spend sometime on one floating island), haughty manticores (what? there aren't any manticores in this book let alone haughty ones, in fact the only animals in this book are one horse and two camels and some robot beetles), runaway nobility (are they talking about Ananna, she is a pirate princess), strange magic...and the growing romantic tension between them (in which Ananna has a crush on Naji and Naji appears to feel for Ananna the way babysitters feel for the children they are taking care of.) The book was amazing though, the description, not so much.

Jul 05, 2013
  • NaryAH rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

BEST BOOK EVER. So good that I went and bought the second one since the library doesn't have it yet. For once, a fantastic story that is not cliche and over dramatic. Very simple and I just find it beautiful.

Mar 01, 2013
  • tocch101 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A good read that is both engaging and unique. I look forward to future books in the series and to see where the characters, who are well developed, go.

Pirates and ninjas populate the desert and ice world of Cassandra Rose Clarke's The Assassin's Curse. Tomboy Ananna is uninterested in married to the rich, goodlooking son of a landlubbing pirate clan. Running off on a camel with dreams of captaining her own ship, Ananna's inadvertent foiling of her assassination leads to a whole different set of problems than the ones she just escaped. The Assassin's Curse starts off strong before losing its way on a deserted icy island and stagnating central romance.

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Feb 24, 2014
  • kyleswinney rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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Feb 24, 2014
  • kyleswinney rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Sexual Content: Frequent references to prostitution and sexually transmitted diseases.

Feb 24, 2014
  • kyleswinney rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Violence: Fight scenes are very visual but not gorey or graphic. Very appropriate.

Feb 24, 2014
  • kyleswinney rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Coarse Language: Some use of the F word and other foul language. Not appropriate for young readers.

Violence: Lots of blood and nasty wounds from fighting.

Coarse Language: "F--- off", Ananna screamed at the crew. "Bulls---!", Ananna screamed. "You son of a w----!"

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