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Monday, October 7, 2013

The Assassins Curse by Cassandra Rose Clark

Assassin's Curse #1
"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 together. 
To break the spell, 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."

I have been quite amazed at how many really good books I have stumbled across. Particularly when I step away from what I normally read. This is the first book in the Assassins Curse series. Currently, there are only 2 books in the series, I am currently reading it's sequel and to be honest I really wish there was more than two.

The story is told from Ananna's point of view. Ananna of Tanarau, she is the daughter of a Pirate Captain and is about to be married off to the son of another Pirate clan. When she realizes that it's not something she wants, nor the person she'd ever want that with she runs away, only for the father of the groom to be to send an Assassin after her for revenge. When she accidently saves the assassin, Naji, life she inadvertently binds them together. Trudging across the desert and across the seas to find a cure, Ananna finds herself falling for him, even though he does not seem to feel the same way. Marooned on the Isles of the Sky, they meet a wizard that tells them that the curse can be broken but only after Naji completes three impossible tasks. Holding Starstones against his skin, making life from violence and receiving true loves kiss.

The character Ananna see's herself as not very pretty, possibly even ugly or plan. She doesn't trust people that are beautiful and seems to have a constant scowl on her face. I'd describe her as very rough around the edges. But she seems to be fine with that, she dreams of captaining her own ship someday. But most men won't sail under a woman, so for her, it's always only going to be a far off dream.
Naji, in many ways, is a far more interesting character. Perhaps that's because in the first book he is very much shrouded in mystery. He is an assassin, a blood magician. Just about everyone fears him and refuses to look him in the eye, he keeps his face hidden behind a mask most of the time, to hide a scar that disfigures his face. It seems that it makes him self-conscious. But despite his scar Ananna still find him beautiful and enticing.

The story summary might make it sound boring, but it's really not. It's a very good book. Entertaining, funny, a sprinkling of romance. Adventure, magic. This book really does seem to have it all.

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