Author: Cassandra Rose Clarke.
Published: June 18th 2013
Publisher: Strange Chemistry
Sort: Part two of ‘The assassin’s curse.’
Part one: The assassin’s curse.
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.
I was warned by some bloggers that they were disappointed by this book, so that might be the reason I was surprised. I thought it was a solid conclusion and liked that this is story is split into two books. Sometimes it’s fun to have something else than a trilogy. There are no spoilers for the first book.
This book continues right after the first book. Naji and Annana are waiting on the island for Marjani to save them. When Annana stumbles on a Manticore, there is only one thing she can do: she makes a deal. In the mean time, Naji has fallen in a depression. He has three impossible tasks to do if he wants to break the curse. Annana knows she can help him with one, but is she ready to show Naji her feelings?
I liked the idea of the three tasks and it’s an exciting journey. One of these tasks almost kills Naji (which the Mists would like, because they are still present and waiting to murder him) and Annana’s blood saves him. It was interesting to see how their blood bond was incorporated. The blood magic made me feel a bit.. uncomfortable sometimes. I really liked the last quest and I’d love to be able to breathe underwater! The plot was good and I liked the ending. It’s not just a happily-ever-after, it fits the story perfectly.
It’s a shame that there is little background story when it comes to the Mists. We know that Naji stopped one of them from entering this world, but I wish we got to know more about them. It feels like it was added to give the story more suspense, but it fell flat to me.
The Manticore was a great character and it was a shame that her role is so small. It was fun to see her different perception of the world, like humans being slaves to please her. There are also some other characters present, like Marjani and her lover, but they aren’t very developed.
One of the things that bothers me the most is the lack of chemistry between Annana and Naji. He never shows his true feelings and it’s hard to know what he thinks. I don’t really get Annana’s attraction to him and I wish he was more appealing and likable. I understand that he was supposed to be mysterious, but it made me feel a bit disconnected from him.
I’ll check out Clarke’s other books, because I like her easy and quick writing-style.