The Assassin's Curse by Cassandra Clarke

In a unique world created by Cassandra Clarke full of magic and pirates and assassins, we meet our feisty heroine named Ananna. As the daughter of the pirate captain of the Tanarau, she's always dreamed of leading her own crew and have her own adventures. However, she finds out that she is to be married to Tarrin of the Tariri, which will destroy all of her plans. Ananna takes the matter in her own hands and fled not just from the marriage, but also from the life she has ever known.

The Tariris sends an assassin after her - and with a twist of fate, she saved the assassin from a mysterious assailant and were both binded by a magical curse. Ananna and the assassin Naji, must now travel together in order to find a cure.

This book has been sitting in my TBR for too long and I finally decided to read and review it. The setting is something like Arabian, which I liked. I loved everything about the world she built as it reminds me of an RPG that I'm quite fond of.

Ananna and Naji are opposites - our heroine is fierce, outspoken and stubborn. Naji is our silent hero, who prefers to be by himself but due to the circumstances, has to travel together with Ananna. They slowly developed from forced allies to somewhat friends to potential love interest. Their dynamic isn't the usual either - I expected Ananna to be some sort of damsel in distress, but our heroine can hold off on her own and even managed to saved Naji from trouble a couple of times.

The way the the author wrote the book is simple. Easy to read, easy to understand. I spotted a few problems (like double negatives) but other than that, I loved it because it reflected Ananna - her straightforward and simple way with words.

The book was quite short and and has a sequel entitled The Pirate's Wish. A light read full of adventure, fun and magic - I totally recommend The Assassin's Curse for those who are fans of fantasy books (like me!)

Title: The Assassin's Curse
Author: Cassandra Clarke
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Published: 2012
Publisher: Strange Chemistry
Rating: ♨♨♨♨ (4 cups)