Author: Cassandra Rose Clarke
Publisher: Strange Chemistry, 298 pages
Publication Date: October 2, 2012
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.
To break the spell, Ananna and the assassin must complete three impossible tasks--all while grappling with evil wizards, floating islands, haughty manticores, runaway nobility, strange magic...and the growing romantic tension between them.
I really enjoyed this book. It's a great adventure story, filled with pirates, magic, and Naji, an assassin. What more could you want? Naji is hired to kill Ananna, who ran away from her husband-to-be (an arranged marriage), but things go wrong and instead of killing her, they are bound together (he feels her pain and she can't even get very far away from him without him feeling it). So now they're stuck together and most of the book is them traveling together, trying to find someone to help them figure out a way to break the curse.
Ananna is a fun character. She's outspoken, strong, feisty, and a bit reckless. She's grown up in a pirate family and it shows. She's also sensitive and caring.
Naji is very mysterious and I wish we got more insight into his character and his background. He's an assassin who practices blood magic, and scares everyone to death. Except Ananna. Although he's handsome, his face is scarred, which he is sensitive about. Which means he dresses like a ninja, hiding his face. Interestingly, although Naji is supposed to be the bad-ass and protect Ananna, she ends up saving him a lot.
This is the first book (of two) and it ends in the middle of the story. From the summary, it sounds like the book is about the quest to complete the three impossible tasks, but they don't even find out what those tasks are until the end of the book. But since the second book is already out, you don't have to wait and you can go ahead it, which is what I did.
In the end, this is a fun, exciting, original fantasy novel. Highly recommend!
Posted by: Pam