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The Assassin's Curse (Strange Chemistry) [Kindle Edition]

Cassandra Rose Clarke
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (89 customer reviews)

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Book Description

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.




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"Unique, heart-wrenching, full of mysteries and twists!" - Tamora Pierce

About the Author

Cassandra Rose Clarke is a speculative fiction writer and occasional teacher living amongst the beige stucco and overgrown pecan trees of Houston, Texas. She is a graduate of the 2010 Clarion West Writers Workshop, and she holds a master's degree in creative writing from the The University of Texas at Austin. Her short fiction has appeared in Strange Horizons.

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  • File Size: 333 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Strange Chemistry (October 2, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007SGTUUU
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #37,180 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
By Gerard
Format:Paperback
The Assassin's Curse is a romantic fantasy staring a hot-headed teenage run-away bride who is pursued by supernatural villains as she falls for a dark and dangerous stranger. A more detailed synopsis of the plot would make the story sound promising, and would likely have sounded great as pitch to a publisher. Unfortunately the execution by debut novelist Cassandra Rose Clarke is sloppy and unconvincing. Her characters lack character, her details lack detail, and the story lacks an ending. It isn't so much a novel as it is a prologue for more books. So, if you are tempted to stick with the story just to see how it ends, as I did, you'll likely be disappointed.

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Character and details are where Clarke really falls down. She has a decent sense of pacing, but her ability to make her characters and world seem believable is lacking, and sometimes inexcusably so. Just a few pages into the story we find our erstwhile bride, Ananna of the Tanarau, escaping an arranged marriage by running off on a stolen camel. She leaps onto the saddle between the two humps and races off, with "me clinging to his neck in my silk dress". Really? Clinging to the neck of a running camel while also seated between the two humps? It is clear that Clarke didn't even bother to so much glance a picture of a camel before writing her story prominently featuring **camels**. Sigh. That is the level of attention to detail that Clarke exhibits throughout the book. And she has a **masters degree** in creative writing, so presumably she knows how to use a library and Google but just couldn't be bothered.

Perhaps Clarke thought that since she was writing a fantasy book she didn't need to do any research or have to know how anything looks or works in the real world. If she thought so she was dead wrong.
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28 of 35 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars My Life is a Notebook Reviews: The Assassin's Curse October 2, 2012
Format:Paperback
Thanks to NetGalley and Strange Chemistry for this eARC!

They say that the first few pages of a book will alter your perception of every page thereafter.

This is exactly what happened to me with this book.

In the first few pages, a lot of things happen. A LOT. Usually, this would be a good marker for me. However, the problem was that each and every event snapped my suspension of disbelief and threw me out of the world of the book. If you've never heard the term "suspension of disbelief" before, it just means the reader's ability to believe in something fantastical in the plot or in a character or so forth. In fantasy novels, often if the suspension of disbelief is snapped the reader will cease to believe any plot twist that happens after that point.

And that's exactly what happened to me.

I absolutely adored this premise, don't get me wrong. I had such high hopes that maybe I couldn't help but be let down. But the unfortunate thing about Ananna is that she never thinks about what she does. There is no preamble or thoughts about abandoning her fiance-which, by the way, means abandoning her entire way of life, her family, the sea, etc. She just gets annoyed with her fiance-to-never-be talking, sees a camel and is like "SO LONG, SUCKER!"

It gets worse from there.

Perhaps part of the problem was that the world building was never particularly solid. I got the main points about the world in which Ananna lives-which seems like a darn cool one-but several things I wanted explained never were. In fact, I got so annoyed with Ananna's calm accepting of things being left unexplained (big things. All the small things Naji didn't explain, she shouted "Bullshit!" and got up in his face about it.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
Short but sweet. A real pleasure to read, with a heroine that stole my heart and ran away with it. It's not a perfect book - I suspect a better editor could have really bumped it up to the next level - but it's fun and charming and sparkles with personality.

The heroine, Ananna, is quintessentially puckish. She's a firecracker, a rapscallion, a troublemaker, an imp. She's a pirate's daughter, with a pirate's skills - thieving and fighting and trickery, and that's about it. When her parents decide to marry her off to a perfectly nice boy with a ship of his own, Ananna decides she'll have none of it and she takes off. Normally this would irritate me, because it's a thoughtless thing to do. Even if Ananna is scrappy enough to stay alive on the streets, she's cutting herself off from the sea and then, to make things worse, the jilted Hariris send an assassin after her.

But Ananna is impulsive and she doesn't care about rules, so even if ditching her fiancé wasn't the smartest thing to do, it was absolutely in character. When the assassin sent to kill her attacks, she ends up saving his life instead (this scene didn't strike me as particularly believable, but I didn't care - I was along for the ride). Turns out that this assassin, Naji, has been cursed to eternally protect the next person to save his life, which is inconvenient for both of them.

Almost from the moment Naji appears on the scene, he and Ananna drop everything to go searching for a cure to this curse.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Warning: Unless you intend to buy the second book, don't start this...
I didn't care care for this book. It is actually one story split into two books and I didn't care enough about the characters or the story to shell out for book two. Read more
Published 5 days ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Assassin's Curse Reviewed: Cassandra Rose Clarke's Enthralling Tale
While many of the ingredients in Ms. Clarke's story aren't particularly novel, such as a young lady fleeing from an arranged marriage, having to throw her lot in with an apparent... Read more
Published 20 days ago by Joe Frazier
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book
I really enjoyed The Assassin's Curse. The author builds a believable world with two interesting and empathetic characters. I'm really looking forward to reading the next book!
Published 1 month ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars The Assassin's Curse
My first Cassandra Rose Clarke book, but it will not be the last. The book is well written with characters that are interesting, developed, and believable. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars love the main characters
the world building in this story is kind of lacking but is made up for in character interaction and development. Read more
Published 1 month ago by aek05001
5.0 out of 5 stars Pirates and Assassins, what more do you need?
After recent encounter with a few disappointing books I just wanted to relax with a fun book.
I thought that The Assassin's Curse was the one, and boy was i right. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Dorothy @ Unladylike Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read, entertaining and enjoyable.
I thought this was an entertaining read. While there are a few things that take you out of the story (as mentioned, in another review -- the stealing of the camel -- I've ridden a... Read more
Published 2 months ago by JM Rees
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun read, still not completely solid
This is more of a 3.5 star rating. Why?
Because I both liked this book, and didn't.
Writing style; Sometimes I really liked it. Sometimes it drove me up a wall. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Creative debut!
Ananna flees her arranged marriage to a handsome fellow pirate, but finds herself stalked. Naji is an assassin, sent to kill her for running away from her wedding by her fiance’s... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Kimberly C
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun adventure
I must admit. I picked this up because of the cover.

Then I had fun reading it. It's a fun adventure. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
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