Review – The Pirate’s Wish by Cassandra Rose Clarke

pirateThe Pirate’s Wish is the continuation of the story from The Assassin’s Curse.

From Goodreads: “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 have to admit that I enjoyed The Pirate’s Wish even more than TAC.  It took some time to get used to Ananna’s horrible grammar – she is a pirate!  And, I started to understand why she was falling for Naji.  He has scars (literally and figuratively) from his past that make him hesitant to open up to her.

There was a bit more sadness in this installment.  Poor Ananna couldn’t catch a break and her heart was broken multiple times.  Luckily, she also had some happy times as well.  I laughed when Marjani explained certain aspects of the birds and the bees to her as a reminder that you don’t need a boyfriend.  Ahem!

Manticores, talking sharks, wizards, assassins, pirates, princesses – The Pirate’s Wish has it all.  This probably would have been close to a 5-star read for me.  I hate to say it, but, I just didn’t like the ending.  Based on what I can find, this is the final book in this series and I feel like there wasn’t enough closure.  I’m sure that was the author’s intention but I was left a bit let down.  Every book doesn’t have to have a HEA with a nice bow around it.  However, I do want to feel like I have a good idea of the path the main characters are going to take.  For me, this just didn’t work.

4/5 stars with a wish for more in this series.

Thank you to the publisher for providing an ARC through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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