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The Assassin's Curse (2012 original; edició 2012)

de Cassandra Rose Clarke (Autor)

Sèrie: Assassin's Curse (book 1)

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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. -- publisher.… (més)
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Títol:The Assassin's Curse
Autors:Cassandra Rose Clarke (Autor)
Informació:Strange Chemistry (2012), 298 pages
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The Assassin's Curse de Cassandra Rose Clarke (2012)

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I read The Mad Scientist’s Daughter a while back and I loved it, so my expectations before diving into another Cassandra Rose Clarke book were enormous. I wouldn’t say I ended up disappointed, but it was definitely different from what I had expected.

Jeg really liked Ananna even if she annoyed me at times. She’s a pirate’s daughter who spent her entire life on a boat and it really shows; the way she acted and the way she talked. It took me a while to get use to her way her of talking and I’ll admit - I hated it at first. But slowly it grew on me and I ended up really liking it and I think it suits Ananna well. She is a very strong protagonist who doesn’t put up with anything and who is willing to go the distance and interested in proving that she CAN go the distance, even if she is ‘only a woman’.

I would have loved to have some chapters from Naji’s POV (he’s the assassin) because I found it hard to connect with him. It isn’t till the end of the book I feel like he’s a person and that’s really sad because I ended up really liking him. Besides, I would have LOVED more information about the assassins. They sound beyond awesome! Thankfully, there is a lot of pirate stuff to help me get over it and I’ll just cross my fingers for more assassin stuff in the second book The Pirate’s Wish.

The story is action packed and very exciting. The magic was awesome and I especially loved the shadow-thing the assassin’s had going on. The writing was very different from what I expected. It was well written, but without the depth I loved in The Mad Scientist’s Daughter. This book is obviously for a younger audience, but it worked for me too. The Assassin’s Curse is for everyone with a hankering for adventure, mystery and magic - besides, who can turn down a mix of assassins and pirates?!
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  Hyms | Aug 9, 2020 |
Overall Story: interesting and nuanced. Coming of age story with some fantasy and complexity. This and the sequel could have been one book.


Writing: good


Audio Narration: good


Annoying Things: Central plot point is a curse that binds the two main characters together so there is a lot of focus on that.


Things to Love: there's a manticore character also some atypical elements in the usual love story narrative
  junkbottom | Apr 15, 2020 |
Ananna of the Tanarau is betrothed to Tarrin of the Hariri. This is not something that she really wants, partly as he is handsome, and she doesn't trust those type of people. She sees an opportunity to escape, and takes it. Tarrin sees her go, and threatens to send an assassin after her.

She escapes to the next town and after hiding briefly, she is tracked and found by the promised assassin. In the scuffle, she kills a snake just before it bites him and saves his life. This simple act binds them with a curse and Naji is bound to protect her.

So begins their adventure to get to the Isles of the Sky to meet a wizard who can lift this impossible curse. They travel over deserts and oceans to get there. They suffer sandstorms, across the desert and as his strength is sapped they stay at a previous lover while he recovers. On the ocean they encounter a massive storm and Naji uses blood magic to steer them towards the island, much to the horror of the crew before they are cast away.

It has an original storyline, and the fantasy concepts are cohesive and well thought through. I liked the tension that Clarke manages to build between them, and the situations that they encounter on their journey make for good changes of pace in the story. I thought the ending was a little weak, but it is setting up the story for the sequel. I am not always a fan of YA type books, but i liked this one, more 3.5 stars. ( )
  PDCRead | Apr 6, 2020 |
Not the book I expected, though still fun.

When I read the first five pages online, I thought this was going to be a book about a canny pirate girl trying to negotiate what she wanted out of her life and marriage and plans. I should've read six pages, because on the sixth page, she bolts from all of that. (And, to be honest, that was a problem for me, because her sudden fleeing from her life didn't really have enough justification to be a thing I was cheering for, rather than a brattish fit of temper.)

The first-person narration was a highlight of this book; the heroine has a strong voice with just enough flavour, and an excellent line in showing, not telling, how she was really feeling. The plot trips along nicely, and I found the relationship with The Boy to be believable and charming and interesting.

But to be honest, there's nothing that really leaps out as amazing about this book. I enjoyed reading it, but I don't think it will linger in the memory. ( )
  cupiscent | Aug 3, 2019 |


I read about 30% of this before I did some severe skimming. The heroine speaks like this "I ain't had no dreams." the whole way through the book, personal dislike. The magical world, the magical associations, characters, and pretty much everything makes no sense to me. I'm not a usual YA reader, not sure if that is the problem here but I did not like the writing style, flow, or point of the story. It looks like 90% of my friends really liked this, I'm definitely in the minority here.
I've read The Mad Scientist's Daughter by the same author and was a big fan but yeah, this one, not so much :/ ( )
  WhiskeyintheJar | Feb 14, 2019 |
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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. -- publisher.

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