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The Pirate's Wish (The Assassin's Curse series Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

Cassandra R. Clarke
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Book Description

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.


Editorial Reviews

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"Thrilling action combines with surprising character revelations in this satisfying sequel."
-Kirkus Reviews

"This book worked so well as a duology, so very well. It’s a very sensory book, in that it really hits the senses: the sounds and smells of exotic cities, the crashing of waves and the scent of sea salt, cannons and pistols and new languages, magical or otherwise."
-Jet Black Ink

Product Details

  • File Size: 408 KB
  • Print Length: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Strange Chemistry (June 18, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00ALB4XH4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #56,677 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars timeless tale with modern sensibilities June 18, 2013
By Sue B.
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This is the second half of The Assassin's Curse and it may be read as a stand-alone, but this would be an insane mistake. There's no reason to deprive yourself of the start of Anana's and Naji's story, and reading the two books one right after the other is the ideal way to go about it. It took me a little while to get back into the story since I read Book 1 a few months ago, the beginning does not immediately grab. But a little patience is rewarded and the pacing picks right up. These books take place in a world with magic and pirates--who wouldn't want to be there?--and the setting is marvelously realized. The Assassin's Curse was a story of the desert, and The Pirate's Wish a story of Ananna's home: the sea. Ms. Clarke paints both settings and this whole magical world beautifully and with detail, also unobtrusively. The setting is always dovetailed with the story. Ananna's voice is unique: crabby, crude, heroic, lovable, loyal, sarcastic; not your typical young heroine. She carries the story and you root for her to find happiness. Female relationships and characters are strong in The Pirate's Wish and I loved that. Ananna and the manticore, Marjani, Princess Saida--I don't want to give too much away, but these relationships are a strong and interesting theme in the book. Of course there is also the romance of Ananna and Naji. Naji is a wonderful romantic hero: dark, brooding, scarred, magical, glowing tattoos, I mean Wow! Where are these guys? They are well matched as sparring and bantering partners, but real love is still undecided. The romance is a bit complicated with curses and blood magic, but the question of how Naji really feels seems to go on a bit long, and, even with the magical help they receive, Ananna's insight and understanding seem artificially slowed to fit the timing of the plot. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great conclusion to the duology! June 29, 2013
Format:Paperback
One of my favorite fantasy books of last year was The Assassin's Curse I fell in love with Ananna and Naji and was absolutely beside myself with excitement when I received the sequel, THE PIRATE'S WISH. I was actually in the middle of another book at the time and dropped it like a hot potato, because I couldn't wait another second to read about my favorite pirate and assassin's continuing adventures.

The sequel picks up right where book one left off. Ananna and Naji are stranded on a dangerous island, and it's beginning to take its toll. They're snappy, on edge, and it seems that the fragile trust and friendship they built in book one is on the verge of a total collapse. Even if they do escape the island (which of course they do - it wouldn't be much of a story if they didn't), the impossible curse that binds their lives together continues to hang over both their heads.

Breaking the curse is the driving force behind the entire book. The first task is completed rather quickly, but the remaining two are not so easily checked off the list. Throw in more assassins, more pirates, a hilarious yet deadly manticore, and the story gets busy, fast. The nice thing is, it doesn't feel busy. Unlike some fantasy novels I have read, the plot doesn't devolve into an epic, complicated mess with too many storylines and characters to keep track of. The world Cassandra Rose Clarke has created is very easy to dive into, and the writing is simply superb, filled with just the right amount of imagery and emotion to capture the hearts of readers. It certainly did mine!

Ananna is a bit more angst-ridden and insecure in this book, and at times I found myself missing the spirited heroine I met in Assassin's Curse.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great escapism May 10, 2014
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You get involved in the Characters, you are immersed in their world.
Great read for some escape from reality time.
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4.0 out of 5 stars I'll read it again - do I need to say more? May 7, 2014
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I got this book from the library, and really enjoyed this and the first book - so much so that I bought it on my kindle because I know I'll want to reread it in the future.
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3.0 out of 5 stars nice follow up to the first book April 28, 2014
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Another satisfying read, im glad that everything didnt end with the two of them sailing off into the sunset. I loved the characters unique abd colorful...but the impossible tasks were almost too easy, they happened by fluke mostly.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful duology set in a magnificent world April 20, 2014
Format:Paperback
*I received this book as an eARC from Strange Chemistry on NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

This world is one of my favorite fantasy worlds out there. It's up there with the world of Graceling, Fire, and Bitterblue. The great thing about it is that we've only seen parts of it and there's so much more to explore. One of my favorite characters in this book was the manticore. She is a great character alone and also leads to a whole other interesting book of this world.

Another of my favorite characters was Marjani. I love her backstory and her desires in life. She's a badass with a big heart. I need to read the short story about her soon!

I liked the way this duology used curses. I did want some of the impossible tasks to take longer, but I think that's just because I didn't want their adventure to end.

Romance is also done in a way I liked. It's integral to the story, but there's so much more. And the characters are larger than their love lives.

I've heard there are more books set in this world so I am very excited to read those! I give this book a 5/5 and recommend this duology to anyone who likes fantasy adventures in which the world itself feels like its own character.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing.
I enjoyed the book enormously! I couldn't put it down! I spent all day reading! this is by far one of my favorite series!
Published 1 month ago by Rachel Arbogast
3.0 out of 5 stars I hate to dislike this book
Alright so where to begin with this book...

The pros:

The book had an interesting premise
Good and likeable major characters (outside of the Main love... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Leah
4.0 out of 5 stars Lovely tale
In a way both books are an amazing love story, but they were also so much more. Pirates, magic, assassins, beasts, friendship and adventure. Read more
Published 6 months ago by lek
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this book!
I loved The Pirate's Wish even more than The Assassin's Curse. Clarke is a talented author; her world building and characters are well created. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars a breath of fresh air
I put off reading this for quite a while despite how much I loved the Assassins Curse. That was a mistake. The author sucks you into her world in such an encompassing way. Read more
Published 6 months ago by CK
5.0 out of 5 stars great conclusion to first book
i loved the first book and enjoyed this sequel just as much. i thought it was a lovely love story with plenty character development. Read more
Published 6 months ago by aek05001
5.0 out of 5 stars An emotional ending.
In my review of the first novel in the series, The Assassin's Curse, I discuss my love for Ananna and Cassandra Rose Clarke's unique world of pirates and magic. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Makaela
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful conclusion of the enchanting comming of age story
"The Pirate's Wish" is the perfect continuation of "The Assassin's Curse", this book starts where the last book ended, namely Ananna and Naji stuck together on... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing duology. Not to be missed!
Stranded on a dangerous magical island, Naji and Ananna encounter foes at every turn. But as they make their way off the island, and find a way to break Naji’s curse, they may... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Kimberly C
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