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Cassandra Rose Clarke
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18 Jun 2013
After setting out to break the curse that binds them together, the pirate Ananna and the assassin Naji find themselves stranded on an enchanted island in the north with nothing but a sword, their wits, and the secret to breaking the curse: complete three impossible tasks. With the help of their friend Marjani and a rather unusual ally, Ananna and Naji make their way south again, seeking what seems to be beyond their reach.

Unfortunately, Naji has enemies from the shadowy world known as the Mists, and Ananna must still face the repercussions of going up against the Pirate Confederation. Together, Naji and Ananna must break the curse, escape their enemies — and come to terms with their growing romantic attraction.

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  • Paperback: 330 pages
  • Publisher: Strange Chemistry (18 Jun 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1908844280
  • ISBN-13: 978-1908844286
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 13 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 22,233 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Cassandra Rose Clarke is a speculative fiction writer and occasional teacher living amongst the beige stucco and overgrown pecan trees of Houston, Texas. She is a graduate of the 2010 Clarion West Writers Workshop, and she holds a master s degree in creative writing from the The University of Texas at Austin. Her short fiction has appeared in Strange Horizons. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Great sequel 26 Jun 2013
I really enjoyed this second instalment in the The Assassin's Curse duology. I'd really liked Ananna and Naji in the first book, and I was hoping things were going to turn out a certain way.

Adding a manticore into the mix here surprised me somewhat but worked quite well, and I really liked her. She added something to this book for me and I was slightly disappointed when they dropped her off. I enjoyed the relationship that was built between her and Ananna.

Part of me felt though, and this could just have been my bad memory, but that Naji and Ananna's characters had changed somewhat from the first book. While in The Assasin's Curse I enjoyed the dangerous, mysterious and broody guy that was Naji, I felt he acted more 'little boy lost' in this book and seemed to sulk or something. When he doesn't return Ananna's feelings towards him, she's just really mean to him all the time, so he just tries to stay out of her way. I found this annoying on both of their parts. And I never would have guessed his feelings for her, he gave absolutely nothing away.

That's not to say that I didn't enjoy the antagonistic relationship between the two of them, I did. But I'd been hoping that they would get together, knowing Ananna had feelings for Naji and just hoping they would be reciprocated. But when they did eventually get together, there was nothing. No sparks, no swooning. It just didn't fulfil my expectations at all which was slightly disappointing.

And something that only came to mind sometime after finishing this book, was that, for three apparently, impossible tasks, they weren't that hard to accomplish.

So, to reiterate, as this seems quite negative lol. I did really enjoy The Pirate's Wish and I would recommend this series. The plot is decent and I enjoyed the characters.
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4.0 out of 5 stars I want more Ananna and more Naji 16 Jun 2013
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Copy via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

The Pirates Wish is book two in the Assassins Curse duology and as such this review may contain unintentional spoilers for book one.

It's no secret that I loved The Assassins Curse (Strange Chemistry) ( read my review here==>, and I began agonizing over the wait for The Pirates Wish from the moment I turned the final page of the first book. As one of my most anticipated releases for 2013, you can imagine my delight at getting my hands on an advanced readers copy, and shortening that wait by a few weeks.

I was immediately transported back to the creepy and disorientating Isles of Sky. Weeks after the events of Assassins Curse, barely tolerating the cold, rain and monotony, Naji and Anna are no nearer to finding the cure to the curse and their misery was palpable.

Into this environment of listlessness Cassandra introduces a new character, a manticore (with an unpronounceable name), who's uniqueness and humorous partnership with Ananna is a sparkling light in the gloom.

The introduction of new friends doesn't detract from our reunion with our beloved characters. We learn more about Marjani and the circumstances which led to her life on the high seas. While I appreciated the friendship and support she provided to Ananna in the first book, in The Pirates Wish her mentorship of Ananna is more than just instructive. Naji is still very much strong, silent and brooding. But like Ananna, through better acquaintance, we learn to read Naji's non-verbal cues more clearly.
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4.0 out of 5 stars an original and adventurous tale 6 Jun 2013
By Sam
Following in the footsteps of The Assassin's Curse (the first part of this two-book series), The Pirate's Wish delivers an original and adventurous tale that is (wonderfully) quite difficult to predict. Our pirate and assassin duo provide as much entertainment this time around as they did in the first book, now finally setting off to break the curse binding them together.

From this point forward, and as so many of us have been anticipating, the romance develops into something more substantial and definite than the subtle shades of attraction first seen towards the end of The Assassin's Curse. While the pacing is untidy in places, and the change in Ananna's personality as a result a little disappointing, the progression between the characters is a fairly satisfying one. The journey to the end result is a very bumpy, however, and, for me, not quite as rewarding as I would have liked. Despite that, the characters constantly engage and never fail to demand attention.

The storyline is where Clarke unleashes her true creativity and imagination. We have talking sharks from the Court of the Wave, ghostly threats from the world of the Mists, boisterous manticores from the Island of the Sun - there is so much going on in this book, and while large parts feel a little disjointed from the rest, The Pirate's Wish never strays too close to overwhelming. If anything, it's an effortless read, and the very sort of book that escapists will undoubtedly appreciate, even if only momentarily. This duology has served me well mostly for those reasons, and I'm sure that I'll be itching to get my hands on The Wizard's Promise (the first book in Clarke's new series) when it releases next year.

Actual rating: 3.5 stars
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
As always a great read, leaves you wanting more.
Published 23 days ago by Charrall
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
I enjoyed it although the last challenge ended abruptly. It was really good.
Published 1 month ago by Amy
5.0 out of 5 stars I liked this book better than the Assassins Curse
I liked this book better than the Assassins Curse. Overall, I felt there was better plot development & more interesting characters. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Flowerscat
5.0 out of 5 stars Great follow up
Really good 2nd book in the series, so many twists and turns to keep you enthralled from start to finish
Published 3 months ago by T. J. Pittam
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent conclusion to the two-parter
The second half of the story begun in The Assassin's Curse as this is basically one long book split into two. Read more
Published 9 months ago by J. R. Bedford
3.0 out of 5 stars entertaining
But I did not like as much as The Assassin 's Curse. Ananna is behaving like a spoilt child and there is too much of love/hate arguments in the story. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Frenchie
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
Really enjoyed this, the author continued what she began in book one and spun a really interesting tale. If anything it left me wanting more
Published 10 months ago by Paladin Eagle
4.0 out of 5 stars Great fun
Escapist and a lot of fun with enough salt in the heroine to keep you along for the ride. Perfect for a rainy day
Published 10 months ago by Von
4.0 out of 5 stars Great end to a series I wish therewas more of
Review: The Pirate's Wish picks up straight after The Assassin's Curse. Ananna has realised her feelings for Naji, and they set about completing their three impossible tasks. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Nina (Death Books and Tea)
5.0 out of 5 stars For something different read this!
The pirates wish is the second cool to the assasins curse.
In this cool Annana and Naji have to break the curse by doing the tired not so impossible tasks. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Enchantika
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