Wish Fulfillment: Review for The Pirate's Wish by Cassandra Rose Clarke

Assassin's Curse, Book Two
by Cassandra Rose Clarke
Coming 06/04/13
ISBN-13: 978-1908844286
Publisher: Strange Chemistry
Pages: 320
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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.

"For those of you who were wondering, the creature on the front cover is a manticore, and she will play a fairly sizable role in the sequel. Here’s a quick taste:
She padded up close to me and leaned down and sniffed with her pretty human-looking nose, then settled back on her haunches, her tail curling up into a point behind her. Hadn’t been darts she’d flung at me, but spines, and poisonous ones at that, if the stories were anything to go by. I kept my eye on that tail.
“I only shot at you when I thought you were an ally of the wizard-human,” she said. “I do not care for the taste of girl-humans.
Thanks for looking!" --from Cassandra Rose Clarke's blog.

I heaped a lot of expectations onto this book, I had a dream list of things I fiercely NEEDED for this book to deliver. And while nothing happened as I had imagined- so many unexpected things kept my nerves on edge or butterflies a fluttering- this was an absolute wish fulfillment.

New characters gave this second book a new feel and new dimensions- esp. the manticore who was so awesome and infuriating. But the shining stars of the book were it's heroes, Annana who felt so real and so human in this book- so much like in the first book- readers will relate and sympathize with her insecurities, hurt pride, fear, and embarrassment. But readers will wish they were her for all of her cleverness, her bravery, and her capacity for love. As for Naji, there is no words for how much I love him. His power is so incredible, so much of what makes him awesome is his magic, like how it makes him glow, how it makes him feared, how it makes him conflicted, how it has scarred him. Loved every inch of this book, this series. Cannot say goodbye.


Sarah said...

I love Naji already, even though I haven't even read the books yet. Haha! This series sounds so awesome! It will definitely be on my reading list once I get done with my school semester in a few weeks. And thanks again for the ebook! I squealed in delight seeing that it was all about Naji's backstory. :)

perla said...

You realize you have to let me know what you think as soon as you read anything written in the Assassin's Curse universe. It'd be such a heart breaker if you read Naji and though he was only semi-dreamy.