The Assassin's Curse
Author: Cassandra Rose Clarke
Synopsis: Ananna of the Tanarau abandons ship when her parents try to marry her off to an allying pirate clan. But that only prompts the scorned clan to send an assassin after her. And 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 curse, 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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Review: Oh the troubles of being a pirate. The story starts off with Ananna escaping her arranged marriage and running off to lead her own future; one that she planned for herself. Naji, an assassin, was sent to kill Ananna but when they face off in the desert, Ananna ends up saving Naji from a deadly snake thus, activating a curse that binds them together. Every little bump or scratch that Ananna suffers Naji feels it tenfold, her safety is now his main priority--his life depends on it. Together, they search to the ends of the earth to find a cure to the curse, only to find out that in order to beat an impossible curse, Naji must complete three impossible tasks.
I thought the book was exciting. Clarke put together an imaginative world full of darkness and adventure. Ananna is the rough and tumble type that can hold her own in a fight and still look great in a dress. She was full of spirit and wit and I could read her all day long. The intensity of the situations that Ananna and Naji kept finding themselves in were thrilling and kept me on edge all the way to the end. I would recommend this novel to everyone, I mean come on, kick butt adventure around every corner and a shadow lurking assassin hottie, who wouldn't want to read this?!
About the Author: Cassandra Clarke is a speculative fiction writer and occasional teacher living amongst the beige stucco of Houston, Texas. She graduated in 2006 from The University of St. Thomas with a bachelor’s degree in English, and in 2008 she completed her master’s degree in creative writing from The University of Texas at Austin. Both of these degrees have served her surprisingly well.
During the summer of 2010, she attended the Clarion West Writers Workshop in Seattle, where she enjoyed sixty-degree summer days. Having been born and raised in Texas, this was something of a big deal. She was also a recipient of the 2010 Susan C. Petrey Clarion Scholarship Fund.
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