The Assassin's Curse by Cassandra Rose Clarke
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Summary: 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
Oh, this book was fun!
Okay, so the heroine was a little prone to being incredibly stupid, but a heroine or hero isn't quite the same if they aren't a bit foolhardy, now are they?
The world is interesting, and it's easy to sympathise with Ananna's desire to seize her own destiny in her hands and be in control for once. In doing so she insults the family of her intended betrothed, and that in turn leads her fate to be entwined with that of the assassin sent to kill her for said insult.
The book is very character focused, in a lot of ways - the world is there and intriguing, but the people in it take the focus, from Ananna and the pirates she grew up with, to Naji and the mysterious Jadorr'a that he is a member of, and all the people they meet along the way. It's a tad bit light on the development side now that I've let it sit in my brain for a few days, but it was still an enjoyable read.
I don't know about everyone else, but that's the sort of story that I enjoy. While I said above that Ananna had moments of being stupid, I still liked the character that the author has built, here - someone independent but caring, a little afraid but brave in spite of it, and stronger than she realizes it. I'll be checking out the second book in this series :)
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