Author: Cassandra Rose Clarke
Provided Synopsis: Ananna of the Tanarau abandons ship when her parents try to marry her off to an allying pirate clan: she wants to captain her own boat, not serve as second-in-command to her handsome yet clueless fiance. But her escape has dire consequences when she learns the scorned clan has sent an assassin after her.
And when the assassin, Naji, finally catches up with her, things get even worse. Ananna inadvertently triggers a nasty curse — with a life-altering result. Now Ananna and Naji are forced to become uneasy allies as they work together to break the curse and return their lives back to normal. Or at least as normal as the lives of a pirate and an assassin can be.
Review: Unfortunately, the potential I saw in this book got lost along the way. As soon as the book began I found myself jarred by Ananna’s narrative voice and her actions. Once she runs away from her arranged marriage and encounters the assassin that has been sent to kill her, I hoped that things would improve — yet they really did not. Naji, the assassin, was not as magnetic as I wanted him to be. The relationship between he and Ananna was also unsatisfying. The premise tells of romantic tension that the two will experience as they must work together to destroy Naji’s curse, but I felt nothing between them at all.
The curse aspect of the story is an interesting one, as is the world that the author has created of pirates, assassins, deserts, and magic. The frustration, however, comes when the main characters spend this entire book leading up to the next book,The Pirate’s Wish, almost as if this was nothing more than a prequel story to reach the true premise and potential of what the readers had expected. The ending was very abrupt; despite it offering a promise of adventure as Naji and Ananna continue to work together to destroy the curse, there was very little suspense or intrigue to entice. I hope the next book is better but I am not going to hold my breath too much based off what I have already read in The Assassin’s Curse.