Review: The Assassin’s Curse by Cassandra Rose Clarke

 

Review: The Assassin’s Curse by Cassandra Rose ClarkeThe Assassin's Curse by Cassandra Rose Clarke
Series: The Assassin's Curse #1
Published by Strange Chemistry on October 2nd 2012
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Pages: 298
Source: Netgalley
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three-half-stars

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.

Review:

So the pirate Ananna runs away from an arranged marriage only to have an assassin sent after her, to boot, crazy stuff happens and she sets off a curse on Naji the assassin who’s now stuck helping her out or else there’s dire consequences. So off they go adventuring to find a cure so everyone get back to their normal lives (whatever that may be). What can I say? There’s pirates, assassins, magic, and curses! Sounds pretty awesome. Well overall there were things I loved and things I disliked (or rather was disappointed in).

The Dislike: the characters (and character develop, or there lack of) I feel like I might be the odd one out with my opinion here but –
Ananna is suppose to be a 17-year-old pirate who not only wants to be captain of her own ship, but the most fierce of them all. Instead she acts more like a 12 year old girl having a tantrum because she doesn’t get her way most of the time. Maybe I had too high expectations, but she was not nearly the strong heroine I expected her to be. And I don’t think it’s very spoiler to say [BUT JUST IN CASE, TINY LITTLE SPOILER ABOUT THE ROMANCE COMING UP HERE!] of course she starts to fall in love with Naji, yet I can’t get a good sense of why she’s fallen so hard for him. why?!?!?[/END SPOILER] Which leads me to Naji: Similar to Ananna, I think I expected too much. It seems she was the one doing more the protecting than he was. [BACK TO ROMANCE SPOILER] He’s actually oblivious to her liking him, which actually isn’t a problem for me, but once again, don’t know why she likes him…[/end]
I think my major problem here, is these two characters have so much potential to be awesome, they both have a past that’s haunting them and are both pretty strong-willed, but it just seems like they’re just spinning their wheels in place.

The Love: What I did like about the book, I loved.
Clarke does a wonderful job creating a fantastic universe. I love the idea of this curse binding them together, forced to work together as they travel though this amazing place to find someone who can and will help. It’s amazing and dazzling and in my mind so very aesthetically pleasing (imagine Tarsem Singh’s The Fall). Not only are they adventuring on the great seas, as all good pirates should be, but through the desert cities and the desert itself (yay camel adventures!) and many more wonderful places. The plot and setting really off-put my dislike for the characters.

A solid debut book for Cassandra Rose Clarke, and a solid start to the series. The ending actually felt very abrupt and at the time I read this I didn’t know it was going to be a series, so you could imagine the shock on my face when I got there. I really look forward to the sequel The Pirate’s Wish and I can only hope Ananna and Naji will finally live up to my expectations. (I’m only critical of them because I love them ;))

{* Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for providing an e-ARC.

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About Cassandra Rose Clarke

Cassandra Rose Clarke is a speculative fiction writer living amongst the beige stucco and overgrown pecan trees 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 at 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.

three-half-stars

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