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The Assassin's Curse (Strange Chemistry) (edition 2012)

by Cassandra Rose Clarke

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Title:The Assassin's Curse (Strange Chemistry)
Authors:Cassandra Rose Clarke
Info:Strange Chemistry (2012), Paperback, 320 pages
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The Assassin's Curse was exactly what I wanted in the way of fantasy pirate adventure story. I could have done with more details in what seemed to be a fascinating world, but the little glimpses were enchanting and irresistible. Filled with swashbuckling action and exotic lands and alluring blood-magic.

Ananna is a fierce yet vulnerable pirate on the run from an unwanted marriage and Naji an embittered assassin not without his own gravelly charms. The unlikely pair are unexpectedly lashed together when Ananna awakens a curse by unintentionally saving the life of the man sent to kill her. With no choice but to set out together to search for a cure, they embark on a dangerous and mystical journey across the desert, the seas, and to an otherworldly island where dark magic lurks. ( )
  GennaC | May 9, 2017 |
10/2014 ( )
  moonlight_reads | Dec 11, 2016 |
Please stay tuned for a vlog review. ( )
  jlharmon | Nov 3, 2016 |
Interesting world,but didn't quite feel like a standalone book. ( )
  youkosiren | Aug 22, 2016 |
I had such high hopes for this book.
Female pirate who teams up with an assassin in a cross- desert adventure fighting off evil magic with a dose of sexual attention? Yes please. But, unfortunatley, no it wasn't this.
The world builing wasn't very clear, there was no map at the start so I had no idea where anything was in relation to anything else. There wasn't really any clear infomation about the whole assassin thing, I understand it was meant to be mysterious and some questions were meant to go unanswered, but I was just left feeling like I had no idea what was going on, and where in relation they fit into the world. Like, is there any authority that goes after the pirates? It speaks of an "Empire" speech, but what is this Empire? Where is that? What do the citizens think of the magic and the Mists and how is the assassin magic different? Just so much ????
The writing felt a bit clunky and I couldn't get a very good feel for what was happening. The characters just kind of went from being in one place doing one activity to then be in another in the next sentence. There is no real climax and the book just ends. It feels more like this one book would be a Part 1 section in a much larger book.
It's a real shame, it's such a fun premise but ultimately just falls flat. It would be fun to see what another author like Rae Carson or Sarah J Maas could do with something like this. ( )
  Meg_121 | Dec 12, 2015 |
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Pirate princess saves
The life of an assassin
And triggers a 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.… (more)

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