Review: The Pirate’s Wish

Title: The Pirate’s Wish (The Assassin’s Curse #2) Image

Author: Cassandra Rose Clarke

Rating: ★1/2

Provided Synopsis: 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.

Review: If I could ask Cassandra Rose Clarke a question, it would be: “Why did you divide this story into two books?” The first book,The Assassin’s Curse might as well have been a prequel story since it is The Pirate’s Wish that finally reaches the meat of the story and what the premise of the first book had promised all along. Now that Naji and Ananna know how to break his curse it is time for them to set about conquering the three impossible tasks. In the area of the tasks, I thought that the creativity level was very high since it kept me wondering how they would ever be able to defeat the two hardest tasks. But that was the most that I really did enjoy from this book.

I still think that the relationship between Naji and Ananna was not as strong as I had anticipated it would be. The story also could have benefited from some editing so that both books could have been combined into one to offer a more cohesive feel — this should have read like a grand adventure, yet it did not because of the division of the books. Would I recommend this story to others? The answer is probably only to people who are on the lookout for a very quick read (this took me a few hours to finish). The fantasy world that Clarke has created is interesting, so some people might take a liking to that, but in summation I just did not care much for the story she plotted to go with such a great setting. It was not enough for me.

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