The Assassin’s Curse by Cassandra Rose Clark | Book Review #108


Ananna of the Tanarau abandons ship when her parents try to marry her off to another pirate clan. But that only prompts the scorned clan to send an assassin after her. When Ananna faces him down one night, armed with magic she doesn’t really know how to use, she accidentally activates a curse binding them together.

I didn’t know what to expect when I borrowed the book from the library, or when I sat down and read it.

What I expected from reading The Assassin’s Curse was a girl who was a badass assassin. Not really the case, but along the same lines. There’s only point of view in The Assassin’s Curse, and I am so thankful for that. I honestly expected there to be a few points of view.

The story has one point of view from Ananna, by the way, how does one even pronounce that name?? I just called her Anna. More so often from just reading it as Anna. My mind is weird and sometimes words don’t appear as they are. Ananna is a girl who is diverse. She has curves, thick black curly hair, and a warm light brown skin tone darkened from all her hours in the sun.

Ananna is a character who likes to get shit done. She’s fierce, and loyal to herself. She wants whats best for her. If she gets into a situation that she knows she can get out of, she will. There are some things about Ananna that bothered me. The slang she uses, was really annoying to read. Most of the time I was irritated by the use of her language.

A lot of the characters in this book have the ability to use magic. Not everyone can though, and the people who can wield it, wield it concerning their professions. Example: A pirate would have an affiliation with water magic. So on and so forth.

However, if what you’re looking for in a book is an adventure that literally goes what seems like a million different places, The Assassin’s Curse should be a definite read for you. Just don’t expect this book to actually be about pirates. I was really disappointed in that aspect. And there’s a good amount of action; i.e. fighting, and whatnot. The Assassin’s Curse was certainly not boring!

Ananna and Naji learn from each other during their time together. They were picking up the other’s habits and behavorial traits. The two of them are also really funny, which I wasn’t expecting at all. And what I like about this book the most is after the awkward stages of what you can’t even call getting to know one another, is that they could joke with each other.

In the next book I would like to see Naji’s point of view every once in a while. It’d be interesting to see his point of view since he plays such a pivotal role in the story. I would however would have liked a few chapters in Naji’s point of view in this first book as well. Just to spice things up a bit. I would have really loved to know what he was thinking in some important parts of the book.

That is it for my review of The Assassin’s Curse! If you haven’t read this book, I would really suggest that you find a way pick this book up! If you’re interested, below you can find The Assassin’s Curse on GoodReads!


Thank you for reading! I really appreciate it!


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