Publisher: Strange Chemistry
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.
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.