Author: Cassandra Rose Clarke
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.
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.