The Assassin's Curse

The Assassin's Curse

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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.
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bibliosara Apr 25, 2018

I don't want to spend any more time on this review than I did the book, so I'll be brief. "Assassin's Curse" is your typical YA Fantasy with a dark side. Heroine has a huff and runs off, only to be forced into an impossible alliance with a hero with major angst issues. Heroine and hero go on a journey during which they fall in love without ever having a cordial conversation. Book ends in a cliff hanger with the potential of the characters verbalizing their feelings.
I loved the writing and setting. I loved the concept. I even liked the Assassin and the side characters. But, Ananna was so unlikeable! She is surly to the extreme (not just pirate-style, but spoiled brat with a chip on her shoulder style), supposedly unattractive, and without any talent (except a smart mouth) or intelligence. Yet, she manages to attract so many people! In addition, I felt there was no real character development of any of the characters. What we see is what we get in this case; the only things we learn about the characters are what we see happen.
<sigh> I'm disappointed. I was looking forward to this one.

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dihuda
Apr 28, 2016

I found that I didn't care enough about any of the characters or the plotlines to continue reading beyond the first third of the book. I also thought the language was too juvenile to appeal to any but the youngest (middle school) readers. The premise of the story was interesting, but it wasn't written with enough depth to grab this reader.

k_t Sep 01, 2015

Pirates! Assassins! This was very much my kind of book. Our protagonist, the daughter of a pirate and a pirate herself, rejects her arranged marriage and runs away on camel. Unfortunately her betrothed sends an assassin after her but fortunately she accidentally saves his life but unfortunately that binds them together. So begins an adventure to try to find a cure to the curse. This one was a lot of fun - loved the characters and unique world of desert and ships and magic islands. Super recommended to adventure fans.

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zubalizuba
Sep 11, 2014

Thanks for the awesome reviews that encouraged me to read this book. It is....

ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC!!!!!!!

A MUST READ!!!!!

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nidofito
Aug 08, 2014

LOVED IT! I don't think I've ever read a pirate story with assassins and a whole lot of magic in it. I can almost forget that the protagonist is seventeen years old. And the hero is all broody with a shady past and secrets - my favourite. Can't wait to read the next instalment.

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cad23
Mar 14, 2014

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".

JCLJoshN Feb 25, 2014

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.

Vilka Feb 08, 2014

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.

enchan Aug 18, 2013

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!

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Inlucia
Jul 26, 2013

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.

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kyleswinney
Feb 24, 2014

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

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kyleswinney
Feb 24, 2014

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

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kyleswinney
Feb 24, 2014

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

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khan_q100
Jan 13, 2013

Violence: Lots of blood and nasty wounds from fighting.

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khan_q100
Jan 13, 2013

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

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Feb 24, 2014

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