5 Things About The Assassin’s Curse by Cassandra Rose Clarke

May 21, 2016 Review 28 ★★★

5 Things About The Assassin’s Curse by Cassandra Rose Clarke
The Assassin's Curse by Cassandra Rose Clarke
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Publisher: Strange Chemistry
Pages: 298
Release Date: October 2nd, 2012
Series: The Assassin's Curse #1
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Pirates, Young Adult
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.

The world is cool

What isn’t there to love about the world of THE ASSASSIN’S CURSE? First off all, pirates. Second, asassins. Then all the magic, desert landscape, ocean scenes, floating islands, mechanical war ships. SO MANY COOL THINGS. Not to mention it was actually quite diverse.


Creepy, dark magic

The main magic we get to see is blood magic and stuff that manifests as shadows. It sounded really sinister and creepy. Unfortunately we never really saw it used a lot and it was never fully explained what Nija was doing when he did use magic.  So while it was cool to see, a lot of the time I was left wondering about the purpose.

Writing wise, it’s… okay

THE ASSASSIN’S CURSE is written in a dialect just like that in YA western novels I’ve read. While it did suit the character, it also got on my nerves sometimes because it could make Ananna sound quite stupid and annoying. The writing wasn’t overly descriptive, which was good, but it didn’t blow me away with eloquence either.


The ending was anticlimactic

The ending was super abrupt. It really felt like half a story, which makes sense since it is a duology. Though really, so much happens in that book, especially right in the last few chapters, and then it just… ends? I felt a bit cheated to get to the last page and be left asking “is that it?”

A lot more could have been explored

THE ASSASSIN’S CURSE covers a lot of things, but it barely scratches the surface. Not one thing was fully explored in depth. I still have a lot of questions about the characters, plot, and world. Everything from the magic and world to the characters and cultures could have been more fully explored. Taking the time to explore and fully describe a few selected aspects of the story probably would have added so much more depth to the novel.

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THE ASSASSIN’S CURSE was a good book. I liked the world, characters, and plot overall but really felt like it was half a story. I mean, this is a duology, but more could have been explored and explained. Still, I look forward to continuing with THE PIRATE’S WISH.

Rating Report
Overall: 3.3

28 Responses to “5 Things About The Assassin’s Curse by Cassandra Rose Clarke”

  1. Haniya Qamar

    Sounds like a fun read to me! Magic and stuff! Sounds intruiging but talking writing wise it sounds okay! Not a really promising read but I might consider it someday! :)

    • Bec

      It was a fun read at least. I’d recommend it if you’re in the mood for some light fantasy or something :)

  2. Sonia

    “I felt a bit cheated to get to the last page and be left asking “is that it?””
    I felt exactly the same. It has so many promises but the delivery falls short.
    Sonia recently posted…Wet Heat by R.D. Hero

  3. Maja (The Nocturnal Library)

    I liked the first one far more than I liked the second one, to be honest. I agree with you about the writing, although I did enjoy it at the time. I’ve read this so long ago, I think it might be time for a reread.

    • Bec

      This is… not the best news haha. I was hoping the sequel would improve things :/ Guess we’ll see how I go.

  4. Micheline @ Lunar Rainbows Reviews

    I know what you mean Bec^^ even though it’s a duology, trilogy or series, the first book SHOULD resolve SOME things. If it’s only going to be half a story well then it should be released as one bigger book! Hopefully the sequel will answer all of the questions and really offer some resolution! I still need to read these but your descriptions of the world and magic alone make me want to read it. I’ll make sure to have both books handy…hopefully it’ll help :)
    Micheline @ Lunar Rainbows Reviews recently posted…Review: A Court of Mist and Fury

    • Bec

      Each book should have some sort of conclusion while having a plot twist or something to keep things open enough and shock you. It can be done!

      I hope you enjoy them when you read them :)

  5. Kelly

    I remember being kind of ” meh: toward this one.. As evidenced by the fact that that is basically all I remember about it.. I do really like the covers of this duology, though, they’re stunning!
    Kelly recently posted…Review: Love, Lies, and Spies

    • Bec

      Haha yeah it’s not incredibly memorable. The covers on the other hand are very memorable :P

    • Bec

      You might be able to find them in stock on the book depository or another bookstore somewhere? I don’t know how widely available they are now that they’re not in print.

      If you lived near me I’d let you borrow them haha

  6. czai

    the combination of pirates and assassins sounds catchy. I like it. I’d love to give this a try but it does’t sound very astounding. I’ll keep my eye out for this one but not very excited to immediately have it.
    czai recently posted…REVIEW | The Last of the Firedrakes

    • Bec

      It’s a pretty cool combination :D It was alright overall. Worth a try if you can find a copy at a library or something but you won’t be missing out on anything amazing if you can’t.

  7. Denise

    I’m sorry you thought this one flopped a little! I’ve been wanting to read it for a while, even though there’s not much hype going round for it. I loved the sound of the diverse, fantasy setting with magic and assassins, but of course, I won’t be able to enjoy that if I don’t like the writing or the characters! It still sounds like an enjoyable book, but after your review, I’m not desperate to read it. Lovely review! ♥
    Denise recently posted…Review: How Hard Can Love Be?

    • Bec

      There was a lot of hype when it was first coming out, but it’s fizzled. You might find it clicks with you more than it clicked with me :)


    • Bec

      It was pretty frustrating :/ Sudden endings that come out of nowhere can be worse than cliffhangers (there is usually a suspenseful build up to a cliffhanger)

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