The Assassin’s Curse took me entirely by surprise last year! I fell in love with Ananna the feisty pirate, Naji the assassin, and the epic quest they were on to break the curse cast over both of them.
The Pirate’s Wish begins immediately after The Assassin’s curse ends. Naji and Ananna are trapped on the northern island with no way of getting off and three impossible tasks to complete before the curse can be broken. Things are initially rather bleak but after befriending a Manticore things start to look up, and Ananna is able to break on of the unbreakable curses. Thus begins an action packed sequel that I could not put down!
I didn’t think it was possible for me to like Ananna and Naji more in this book then I did in the last book but I was wrong. Their quirky personalities and miscommunications made them all the more endearing to me; I liked that neither of them was ever truly sure of themselves, both Ananna and Naji had insecurities that made them completely real even in a fantastical world.
I had two issues with the Assassin’s Curse that prevented me from giving it 5 stars. I had to adjust to Ananna’s pirate dialect in the beginning of the novel. In The Pirate’s Wish her dialect was not as pronounced and never gave me pause. My second issue was the lack of romance. The Pirate’s Wish more then makes up for the lack of romance in The Assassin’s Curse and kept me on my toes. Be assured though that in a manner of speaking Ananna and Naji get their happily ever after.
If I could get one Blogger’s wish it would be that this series would continue! I love the world Clarke has created and I would love to spend more time amongst the assassins who can work blood magic, the magical mists, and the open seas with the pirate clans! This was a very fitting end of the series but was also bittersweet because I had a hard time saying goodbye to Naji and Ananna.Thank you Strange Chemistry for providing me an advanced reader's copy of this novel for review purposes.