Publisher: Strange Chemistry
Series: The Assassin's Curse #1
Source: BorrowedRating: ★★★★★
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
I didn't hear much about this book when I picked it up. All I knew was that The Assassin's Curse is about pirates. And since I love pirates I thought I'd give this series a try. So I'm really surprised that this book was really good and I enjoyed it a lot. And the fact that I have to read the sequel right away, you can guess the story is so interesting that I was hooked and needed to know what happens next. I think this book should deserve more attention.
Ananna of the Tanarau, her voice is really rough like a true pirate. I didn't have any chance to know any pirates or even know if they still exist now or how they actually sound like. The way I think pirates sound like is from the movie Pirate of the Caribbean and I hope that it's the truth version of pirates and not some make up Disney version of pirates. Anyway back to this pretty book here, I didn't have any problem connect with Ananna. She is indeed a kickass character, feisty (check), not overly dramatic (check) and smart (check). And Naji, ooh a swoon worthy here. I didn't know much about him since he's so reserved and the book is told from Ananna's perceptive so I have no idea what Naji actually is thinking or how he actually feels about Ananna. I think he likes her but for some reasons I think he doesn't like her the way she likes him. And does he still have feeling for his past love? Ahh I hated not knowing what is going on, I just hope they make it clear already. Like each other or not, just please give me the simple answer yes or no. So from what I was saying earlier, the romance here is indeed a slow build that it kind of drove me crazy not knowing the answer. But overall I've to say The Assassin's Curse was a really good read.
The Assassin's Curse will take you on a journey that is so entertaining you will want more. Pirate, magic and assassin mixed together--->can you guess how it turns out. Pick this book up if you've not already =)