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Monday, October 7, 2013

The Pirates Wish by Cassandra Rose Clarke

Assassin's Curse #2
"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."

The Pirates Wish picks up right where The Assassins Curse left off. Ananna and Naji are still stranded on the Isles of the Sky. With the threat of The Mists lurking in the forest, Naji has taken to requesting that Ananna stays inside the tiny cabin they found, in hopes that she stays safe so that the curse doesn't affect him while searches for food.While on the Isle of the Sky Ananna encounters a Manticore and makes a bargain with her not to eat Naji and to help her escape the island.

All the action of dealing with the curses happens in this book. And I am split on a resolution happening so quickly. While I know that if there had been a book for each curse, the story would have been drawn out too much, but at the same time, I just wish there was more to their story. Both Ananna and Naji grew so much in the second book, I'd just like to know that they had a long and happily ever after. Especially since The Mists would still be causing problems in the future for Ananna after what she does to drive them away near the end of the book.

Through dealing with the Pirates that are after Ananna, and The Mists that are after Naji, the love Ananna feels for Naji grows. After a bunch of shenanigans, Naji finally admits to himself and to Ananna that he has feelings for her, and while I am glad that he did return her feelings, in a way it felt pushed. Since the story is told from Ananna's pov, we never really get an accurate read what is going through Naji's mind. And after rescuing a Manticore, finding the starstones and eventually creating life out of violence in a most unexpected way, Ananna gets the thing she'd always wanted both Naji's love and her own ship to Captain. And since the crew she has at the end was there with her through her whole adventure since getting off the Isles of the Sky, she has earned their respect. Again. I just really wish there was another book. More of Naji at least, I know that there's a novella dedicated to him but I just really want to know what happens with them and The Mists, and how the rest of the Pirate clans deal with a respected Female Pirate.

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