The Mad Scientist’s Daughter by Cassandra Rose Clarke was one of my favorite reads last year. It was wonderful – my review is here. So, I was very excited to read The Assassin’s Curse. While I didn’t love it as much as TMSD, it was not disappointing.
From Goodreads: “Ananna of the Tanarau abandons ship when her parents try to marry her off to an allying pirate clan: she wants to captain her own boat, not serve as second-in-command to her handsome yet clueless fiance. But her escape has dire consequences when she learns the scorned clan has sent an assassin after her. And when the assassin, Naji, finally catches up with her, things get even worse. Ananna inadvertently triggers a nasty curse — with a life-altering result. Now Ananna and Naji are forced to become uneasy allies as they work together to break the curse and return their lives back to normal. Or at least as normal as the lives of a pirate and an assassin can be.”
Ananna and Naji work as the main characters and their interactions keep it moving. The writing, while not perfect, did keep me interested. I read this over a very short period of time and almost immediately started the next book in the series. The story is fun and I kept wanting to know more about the pirates, the order of assassins and the worlds that they live in.
BUT – as I said, the writing isn’t perfect. The phrase “licking the grease from my fingers” is used twice in just a couple of pages. And, a pet peeve of mine, the same words are used in sentence after sentence. This is something that always stands out to me and keeps the prose from flowing. (Also, not the writer’s fault, but I can’t read the word ‘menses’ without thinking of Sheldon Cooper.)
There was also a bit of insta-love. I’m not sure I understand why so many YA heroines fall in love with the person that has tried (or wants) to kill them. If a guy tries to kill you, it might be best to steer clear of him as a love interest.
Overall, I would recommend this book and hope the writer will continue to put out these entertaining stories. 4/5 stars.