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The Assassins Curse (Strange Chemistry) [Paperback]

Cassandra Rose Clarke
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4 Oct 2012 Strange Chemistry
Ananna of the Tanarau abandons ship when her parents try to marry her off to an allying pirate clan. But that only prompts the scorned clan to send an assassin after her. And 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 curse, 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.

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  • Paperback: 350 pages
  • Publisher: Strange Chemistry (4 Oct 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1908844000
  • ISBN-13: 978-1908844002
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 13 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 17,970 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Unique, heart-wrenching, full of mysteries and twists! --Tamora Pierce

About the Author

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.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing book 21 Nov 2012
By Kate Phillips TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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What makes a book special? Is to the writing, the storyline or characters? Or is it something else, a feeling you get when reading it? Whatever it is The Assassin's Curse has it. This book is pure magic and is in the top 5 books of this year for me. I LOVED it.

The storyline is awesome full of adventure and magic. It takes you from the ocean to the desert and through towns and forests. It introduces you to a world full of mystery and a host of amazing characters.

Annana is my kind of girl. She is brave, she knows her own mind and is not afraid to fight for what she loves or what she feels is right. She can be funny and sarcastic but also vulnerable and nave. Then there is Naji (sigh) whom I am in love with. There are three male characters I have loved this year. Kanin (The Immortal Rules), Orma (Seraphina) and now Naji (what can I say I like oddballs.) He can be surly, moody and at times a little naughty but he is also heroic and sweet.

The friendship between these two is what really made this novel go from good to great. They went dislike to friendship and it was amazing to read. Will it end up in romance? Maybe, maybe not, romance is not really what this book is about. Although there is the undercurrent of it there.

I cannot say a bad word about this book. I loved it and I hope if you read it you will to. I cannot wait for the next book.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Assassins and Pirates For The Win 17 Oct 2012
I have a bit of a soft spot when it comes to all things piratical. The Crimson Pirate starring Burt Lancaster is one of my all-time favourite films. (Seriously, if you've never seen it you really need to check it out, it's a classic). When I discovered that The Assassin's Curse featured not only assassins but also magic, wizards and boat loads of pirates I was sold.

Ananna is everything a good pirate should be. Courageous, strong willed and fiercely independent. As far as her parents are concerned however, they don't want her to be any of those things. They just want her to play the role of the dutiful daughter. She needs to cement a mutually beneficial deal with another pirate clan through an arranged marriage. Ananna, unsurprisingly, has other ideas and makes a run for it.

Naji, the assassin sent to dispatch Ananna, remains a bit of an enigma throughout. His chosen profession is obviously secretive in nature and this seems to have permeated into his character. Don't get me wrong, I reckon this is exactly the right way to go. It feels right that he should carry an air of mystery, it leaves the reader wanting to learn more. One of the things that we do discover though is that he has some excellent assassiny (is that a word?) type skills. I kept picturing him like one of the characters from Assassin's Creed. I was particularly impressed with his ability to become one with the shadows. I can imagine that being very useful in his line of work. I do hope that in future books we'll get more insight into his history. Perhaps more details of his training? Maybe how he ended up an assassin? That would be cool.

At its heart, The Assassin's Curse is all about the relationship developing between two young people.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars The Assassin's Curse 10 Jan 2014
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Maybe I'm not the right age category but this book is far from the "amazing" read I was expecting based on these reviews. Yes, the story moves along nicely, yes, the author definitely has a very distinctive voice, but do I like that story or that distinctive voice? Not particularly much, and I was expecting more depth to the story. It was a light read, not even 300 pages, so made a good companion for a long flight but I don't think I'll bother with the follow-up book as I'm just not that interested to find out what happens.

A minor moan to the publishing company: the backcover is the biggest spoiler in the history of publishing! (well, nearly.) The blurb spells out that the duo will have to complete three impossible tasks so reading the story I was expecting these three tasks to be revealed. I certainly did not expect the "revelation" that the unbreakable curse is breakable by completing three impossible tasks to be the denouement of the that was a bit of a downer.

This read like YA fantasy so perhaps more appropriate and enjoyable to teenagers.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Awful awful teenage tripe 29 Mar 2014
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I really wanted to like this, and probably would have if I was still 13. Unfortunately the main character was an idiot and the assassin set-up seemed to revolve around how cool and nifty assassins are. I stuck with it, but the plot didn't seem to emerge and the main character remained stupid so in the end I couldn't finish.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Assassin's Curse 11 Oct 2012
This is the first book I've read from Strange Chemistry and wow, it's a amazing one! I'd heard a lot about it prior to picking it up myself and all the reviews were incredibly good so I was extremely excited to get the opportunity to read it prior to its publication date.

Cassandra Rose Clarke has written a book which takes fantasy to a whole new level. Combining magic, adventure and romance, the story blew me away and left me wanting more. Plus it has pirates! I mean who doesn't love books which feature all the excitement of a journey on the high seas where literally anything can and does happen.

Ananna of the Tanarau is set to be married off by her parents to Tarrin of the Hariri, part of another pirate clan. What she really dreams of however is having her own ship which she can sail on the high seas, free to go wherever she pleases. Deciding to run away rather than submit to a marriage not of her choosing, she finds herself unwittingly bound to the assassin sent after her, leading to the beginning of an epic fantasy adventure.

The relationship between Ananna and the assassin Naji develops over the course of the novel. All the while a romantic undercurrent bubbles away in the background and sparks definitely fly when these two are together. I love the way that Clarke isn't afraid to keep the romance on hold while the two of them are getting to know each other. It makes the whole thing much more realistic and also means that when it does (hopefully!) eventually happen, then it will have been worth waiting for. I don't want to give too much away about the plot but I thought the whole reason they were linked together was brilliant and sets things up nicely for the rest of the series.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 1 month ago by Amy
4.0 out of 5 stars An engaging story worth readin
This story was surprisingly engaging. I liked both the main characters, and they had just enough complexity about them not to be totally shallow and one dimensional (as is often... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Kess
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad
Ananna of the Tanarau is betrothed to Tarrin of the Hariri. This is not something that she really wants, partly as he is handsome, and she doesn't trust those type of people. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Half Man, Half Book
3.0 out of 5 stars Sounds amazing but a bit of a let down
I'd been looking for a book about pirates for a while when I first read the plot for The Assassins Curse I was pretty excited. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Corinne Taylor
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read
Looking forward to the next one. Really enjoyed the story and characters. If you like fantasy stories, this ones for you. it's got magic and pirates!
Published 9 months ago by Kerry A
4.0 out of 5 stars A joy in fun writing
Such a fun adventure and romance with a likeable and salty heroine and an attractively fallible hero. Great escapist read
Published 9 months ago by Von
4.0 out of 5 stars Ananna of the Tanarau and Naji of the Assassins' Clan.
I will not go over the plot , as many readers have done this.
I am more interested in the personas of Ananna and Naji of the Assassins Clan. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Frenchie
5.0 out of 5 stars Assassins Creed
Actually has nothing to do with the game but assassins and pirates how couldn't I. This is a really good book, the characters are at times open and at other times enigmatic, the... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Paladin Eagle
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad
This is an easy read rather than a gripping novel. I am not sure if I would read the remaining books in the series and it is catered for young adults / teens which is reflected in... Read more
Published 10 months ago by m j mckenna
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed it
Read it whilst on holiday and enjoyed the book. I Am looking forward to downloading the second book and locking myself away for a couple of hours to read it.
Published 10 months ago by AAB
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