The Assassin's Curse

The Assassin's Curse

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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.
Publisher: Long Island City, N.Y. : Strange Chemistry, c2012.
ISBN: 9781908844019
1908844019
Branch Call Number: YA FICTION Clarke Cassandr 12/2012
Characteristics: 298 p. ;,20 cm.

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JCLGavenE May 09, 2019

This is one of my favorite "happy place" books. Anytime I need to escape on a fun adventure, I pick up this book.

The story is set in a Middle East inspired fantasy world that includes pirates, water witches, assassins, desert land ships, flying steampunk contraptions, curses, disguise... Read More »

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JCLJoshN Feb 25, 2014

Fast-paced, swashbuckling fantasy full of weird magic and loads of snark. It has one of the most distinctive narrative voices I've read in a long time and a fun Sinbad the Sailor-meets-Pirates of the Caribbean-meets Firefly feel. Ananna is a smart, savvy, witty, completely unpretentious protagoni... Read More »


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JCLGavenE May 09, 2019

This is one of my favorite "happy place" books. Anytime I need to escape on a fun adventure, I pick up this book.

The story is set in a Middle East inspired fantasy world that includes pirates, water witches, assassins, desert land ships, flying steampunk contraptions, curses, disguises, magical bonds, and much much more. The protagonist, Anana, is irreverent, impulsive, and not afraid to pursue her own aims, even if it means making mistakes. When she accidentally saves the life of the man sent to assassinate her, the two are cursed with a magical bond that forces him to protect her with his life. They set out to free themselves of this curse - and each other - and encounter nonstop adventures along the way.

If you love wildly imaginative fantasy worlds and action-packed adventures that fill you with all the wonder of a little kid in a blankie cape waving a cardboard sword - read this book!

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dihuda
Apr 28, 2016

I found that I didn't care enough about any of the characters or the plotlines to continue reading beyond the first third of the book. I also thought the language was too juvenile to appeal to any but the youngest (middle school) readers. The premise of the story was interesting, but it wasn't written with enough depth to grab this reader.

k_t Sep 01, 2015

Pirates! Assassins! This was very much my kind of book. Our protagonist, the daughter of a pirate and a pirate herself, rejects her arranged marriage and runs away on camel. Unfortunately her betrothed sends an assassin after her but fortunately she accidentally saves his life but unfortunately that binds them together. So begins an adventure to try to find a cure to the curse. This one was a lot of fun - loved the characters and unique world of desert and ships and magic islands. Super recommended to adventure fans.

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zubalizuba
Sep 11, 2014

Thanks for the awesome reviews that encouraged me to read this book. It is....

ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC!!!!!!!

A MUST READ!!!!!

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nidofito
Aug 08, 2014

LOVED IT! I don't think I've ever read a pirate story with assassins and a whole lot of magic in it. I can almost forget that the protagonist is seventeen years old. And the hero is all broody with a shady past and secrets - my favourite. Can't wait to read the next instalment.

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cad23
Mar 14, 2014

I really enjoyed reading this book. The characters are well developed, and the author paints a vivid landscape that captivates and intrigues you, making you feel like you are there in the story with Ananna and Naji. I enjoyed the dialogue that these two characters shared. Fast-paced storytelling with pirates and magic included; what's not to love! Can't wait for WPL to get the next book in the series - "The Pirate's Wish".

JCLJoshN Feb 25, 2014

Fast-paced, swashbuckling fantasy full of weird magic and loads of snark. It has one of the most distinctive narrative voices I've read in a long time and a fun Sinbad the Sailor-meets-Pirates of the Caribbean-meets Firefly feel. Ananna is a smart, savvy, witty, completely unpretentious protagonist who kicks all kinds of ass. Naji is a nice play on the mysterious, stoic hero. Basically, both main characters, as well as most of the minor characters, show lots of depth, and the world-building is lush and strange, while never being dropped into the story heavy-handedly. Add all of that to a plot that has all of the pacing of a pulp magazine story, and you've got one hell of a good ride.

Vilka Feb 08, 2014

Fun adventure in a Sinbad-like setting. Ananna, a no-nonsense (and pretty kickass) pirate's daughter very matter-of-factly walks out on an arranged marriage; her fiancé's offended family send an assassin after her, and while defending herself she accidentally triggers a curse that binds the assassin to her. The two of them go on the run to find a way to break the curse. Ananna is no fluttery-eyed damsel in distress, which is refreshing, and Naji (the assassin) is an interesting character. There is a little mild swearing and a lot of double-negatives, but what do you expect from a pirate ;P. By the end of this book, they've only just found out what they have to do to break the curse (BAD cover-description! you LIE!). I do look forward to the next installment.

enchan Aug 18, 2013

Loved this book! There's never a dull moment in the adventures of Naji and Annana. I finished it in one sitting, I just couldn't put it down! It has romance, action, and adventure - a perfect read!

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Inlucia
Jul 26, 2013

I loved this book - it had fantastic descriptions and a great plot. I think i fell in love a bit with Naji myself during the story~ Anyway, I do recommend this book to anyone who enjoys fantasy novels, but not the overly romantic ones.

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kyleswinney
Feb 24, 2014

Sexual Content: Frequent references to prostitution and sexually transmitted diseases.

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kyleswinney
Feb 24, 2014

Violence: Fight scenes are very visual but not gorey or graphic. Very appropriate.

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kyleswinney
Feb 24, 2014

Coarse Language: Some use of the F word and other foul language. Not appropriate for young readers.

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khan_q100
Jan 13, 2013

Violence: Lots of blood and nasty wounds from fighting.

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khan_q100
Jan 13, 2013

Coarse Language: "F--- off", Ananna screamed at the crew. "Bulls---!", Ananna screamed. "You son of a w----!"

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