Review of The Pirate's Wish by Cassandra Rose Clarke

Series: The Assassin's Curse #2
Format: Paperback
Genres: Fantasy, Adventure, Romance,
Pages: 330
Publisher: Strange Chemistry
Release Date: 18/06/2013
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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.



The Pirate's Wish picks up where The Assassin's Curse left off, with Ananna and Naji stranded on a magical island. Naji's gone into full overprotective mode and Ananna's going stir crazy. That's the biggest thing I like about Ananna - from the beginning she's never once let anyone look after her and always followed her own path, no matter how much trouble that gets her in, which is usually quite a lot.

The fantasy was just as good as it was in The Assassin's Curse. New characters are added in the shape of a female Pirate captain and a fantastical creature called a Manticore. I loved the Manticore and felt that she was a great addition to the story, especially as she helped towards breaking the curse.

The romance is here again and due to the circumstances it's not an easy one. I was surprised when Naji learnt of Ananna's feelings for him pretty quickly but happy - until he tried to ignore it for most of the book! I just wanted the to get together. One scene later on felt to a slap to the face to be honest, nothing that either of them did though.

The ending was perfect. They solved what needed to be solved, there were a few surprises and I was left wanting more at the ending without feeling cheated. I would happily read a third book from them, but it did end in the right place.


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