The Pirate's Wish
by Cassandra Rose Clarke
Series: The Assassin's Curse #2
Published: June 18th 2013
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Format: eBook (330 pages)
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.
I liked The Pirate’s Wish better than the first book. The main reason for my love was the manticore. It’s deadly and eats humans, but respects human women. It values honor and promises and now I want a pet manticore. Ananna (the main character) helps the manticore and in return the manticore promises not to eat them. Naji (the brooding assassin/love interest) is upset by this. She says it can’t eat them. Naji clarifies that it *won’t* eat them and there’s a difference. The whole thing is hilarious and extremely entertaining. The manticore was so cute and deadly and strange and I loved reading about it.
The plot in this book is about breaking a curse with three impossible tasks. The first task is super easy and lame. In fact, the third one is, too….. There were also plot holes and lots of convenient solutions that dragged the ending down.
The relationship between Ananna and Naji is this weird arranged marriage/parent-child thing. I wasn’t super connected to the romance. And then the end to the romance (“For the first time, I understood the difference between leaving and not staying.”) was lame. Sorry. It was. But I’m telling you – the manticore character and subplot was so entertaining that at least that part is definitely worth reading.
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