Thursday, June 13, 2013

ARC Review: The Pirate's Wish by Cassandra Rose Clarke

The Pirate's Wish
Author: Cassandra Rose Clark
Publication: Strange Chemistry (June 18, 2013)

Description: 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.

My Thoughts: THE PIRATE'S WISH was an exciting adventure and romance that neatly wraps up the story of Ananna and Naji begun in THE ASSASSIN'S CURSE. The story begins with Ananna and Naji marooned on a magical island and trying to break the curse that binds them together. They learned in the previous book that three impossible things had to happen before the curse could be broken.

One of the things that needs to happen—true love's kiss—doesn't seem at all impossible to Ananna because she knows she love him but she doesn't know if he loves her back. When she kisses him which breaks the curse, her heart is broken when he doesn't seem to love her back. But Ananna is a pirate. She doesn't languish and go into a decline. She gets mad.

Naji and Ananna have lots of adventures in the course of this story. Ananna befriends a manticore who feasts on human flesh but who has been held captive by the other wizard on the island. When rescued by their friend Marijani, they fight sea battles to capture a ship that will let them continue their quest. They have to fight the Hariri who had set an assassin on Ananna in the first place. They also have to fight creatures from the Mists who want revenge on Naji for something he did to their Lord. 

Fans of fantasy adventures and romances will enjoy this well-written and engaging tale. Fans of kick-butt heroines will really take Ananna to heart. I recommend this series to adventure lovers. 

Favorite Quote:
"He scooped it up in his bare hand and all the life fell out of him. the starstone sucked it right up."

"He died?" I hadn't meant to act like I cared, but it come out anyway.

"Yes, first mate. He died. His life flowed into the stone. That's what makes them so beautiful, you know. All that human life trapped in such a small space."
I got this eARC from NetGalley. You can buy your copy here.

1 comment:

  1. I love fantasy stories, and this sounds like something I'd enjoy. I like how Ananna has attitude :)

    Thanks for the review!


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