Series: The Assassin's Curse #2
Published by Strange Chemistry on June 4th 2013
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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.
Last year, The Assassin's Curse blew my mind with its creativity. I have been waiting on pins and needles for the next installment, The Pirate's Wish, ever since I finished that last page of The Assassin's Curse.
The Pirate's Wish starts off right after the events of The Assassin's Curse. Ananna and Naji are still trapped on the island looking for ways to get off of it, as well as ways to break Naji's curse. Sure, Ananna knows (or at least thinks she does) one way to break one of the three impossible tests. But I guess it is called 'impossible' for a reason. With Ananna stuck strictly in the 'friend zone' with Naji, and the other tests still a complete mystery, time may be running out for both of them.
There is so many thoughts floating around my head regarding this read. On one hand, I loved, loved this book to pieces. I mean The Pirate's Wish is in the running for best book of the year, in my opinion. Or at least, best sequel. I laughed. I cried. I yelled. I cried. Then laughed and cried some more. The Pirate's Wish brought out so many emotions in me. So much so, that I was an emotional wreck. I was so emotionally invested in these two characters and their journey. I didn't know how much more I could take of all the tension going on.
However, The Pirate's Wish wasn't all sunshine and rainbows. Ananna (at times) was the foil to my emotional response to this read. In the beginning, she was the fantastic, strong female character that I remembered. She even gave probably the best inner monologue speech about not needing a boy to happy that I have ever read. Seriously, this book needs to be read just for that conversation alone. I literally wanted to give her a fist bump for it. It was that amazing.
Then, strangely along the way, Ananna changed. Personally, I am not 100% sure why it happened, it just did. In a matter of chapters, Ananna is transformed from a girl who doesn't need a boy to be happy to a girl whose whole happiness is dependent on the boy liking her back. Yes, there is a bunch more to it than that, and I know I am giving it a generalized description, but it was crazy weird for me as a reader to have her basically do a complete personality flop. Does it take away from the read over all? No, not really. I just wish she had been a little more mature about the whole situation.
The Pirate's Wish was beyond amazing. I cannot remember the last time a book had me so glued to its pages. I literally was up to about 4 a.m. reading this one. I would not let myself stop until I was finished. If you liked The Assassin's Curse, then be prepared, The Pirate's Wish is ten thousand times more amazing. If you haven't read, The Assassin's Curse… stop what you are doing, and go start it.
Will there be more?
Yes and no. I was really surprised and happy to find that The Assassin's Curse series is a duology. Great, because I don't have to wait another year for another installment. Horrible, because I simply adore our characters and this world. However, I have discovered that the amazing Cassandra Rose Clarke is working on more books set in this world! What this means… I am not sure yet. But hopefully, there will be more Ananna and Naji in some shape, form, or fashion.