by Cassandra Rose Clarke
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Format: Paperback, 330 pgs.
Published: June 18th 2013 by Strange Chemistry
Genre: YA, fantasy adventure
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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 and their wits. But Naji has unseen enemies, and Ananna must face the wrath of the Pirate Confederation.
Together, they must travel afar, defeat their foes and break the mother of all curses. With all this going on, falling in love would be such a bad idea... All of this and much, much more await, in the swashbuckling sequel to The Assassin's Curse." -goodreads
“Naji didn’t think his curse could be broken, cause he had to complete three impossible tasks in order to do so: hold the princess’s starstones skin against stone, create life out of violence, and experience true love’s kiss. Thing was, I knew at least one of the three, the last one, wan’t impossible at all. Cause I loved him.” (16)
The Pirate’s Wish is as beautiful, mesmerizing and even more enchanting than the first book, The Assassin’s Curse. I absolutely love the world that Cassandra Rose Clarke takes us through, and this book shows us even more in Annana and Naji’s bewitching adventure to relieve their curse. With an ongoing silent battle with the Mists still in play, and other obstacles to cross, will the pirate and assassin find what they’re looking for? Have they had it all along?
“When it comes to dealing with people who think of themselves as important, it’s usually best to keep your mouth shut.” (153)
Annana and Naji get on each other’s nerves; Annana and Naji are enraptured with one another. I love the concept of how the more they fight to separate themselves from one another, the closer they become. The Three Impossible Tasks may seem unfathomable to them, but fate has a way of presenting itself, even when they least expect it. This may or may not be a good thing, however, as, although they realize their love for one another, Annana and Naji still have separate paths they must take. The ending felt like both a release, and an open question as to the fate of our beloved characters.
“Completing the task wasn’t what broke the curse, it was learning that the impossible wan’t really impossible at all.” (292)
The author’s expert ways of bringing her characters alive through dialogue and action is wonderful! I could read her works again and again for this alone, as it’s unique and entertaining. Annana’s strong characteristics are quite a triumph when looking for a strong female character with real life goals (as opposed to other books who solely focus on love, as if that’s the only thing in the world that matters.) Naji, too, has his own priorities and a job that he must come to terms with, which puts him in a strong light as well. As threatening as the Manticore was supposed to be, I couldn’t help but love her as I envisioned her stature and commanding voice of regality. When I can truly hear a characters voice, and picture them as clear as day in my mind, I believe the author has done an amazing job with description and characterization.
This mesmerizing world that the author has created is open to be filled with more stories, like a chronicle. I absolutely recommend this to anyone looking for an adventure. I cannot wait to meet more characters, and visit the lives of others we’ve met in this series. Here’s hoping we come across Annana and Naji again!
First Line: “‘Do you feel that?’ Naji asked.” (7)
Last Line: “And he was right.” (327)
“I wasn’t gonna scream. I wasn’t gonna cry.
And then I heard a voice like roses and darkness, and I smelled mint and medicine, and strong sure hands wrapped round my chest, and I was tumbling, tumbling, tumbling into the warm soft sea, but I was safe. That I knew.
I was safe. I was protected.” (140)
“‘Blood magic can do whatever I will it to do.’” (143)
“I wanted to tell him he didn’t need to do that, that he was handsome even with the scars, that the scars made him more beautiful than any untrustworthy pretty boy lurking in some Empire Palace.” (148-9)