Friday, August 2, 2013

Book Review: The Pirate's Wish by Cassandra Rose Clarke

The Pirate's Wish
Author:  Cassandra Rose Clarke
Publisher:  Strange Chemistry, 330 pages
Publication Date:  June 18, 2013

From Goodreads:
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 and their wits. But Naji has unseen enemies, and Ananna must face the wrath of the Pirate Confederation.

Together, they must travel afar, defeat their foes and break the mother of all curses. With all this going on, falling in love would be such a bad idea... All of this and much, much more await, in the swashbuckling sequel to The Assassin's Curse.

Review (slight spoilers for The Assassin's Curse):
Great conclusion (this is a duology), filled with action and adventure.  It picks up right where The Assassin's Curse left off, with Annana and Niji on the magical island, needing to get off the island to complete the three impossible tasks that will cure Niji of the curse.  Of course, one of the impossible tasks is true love's kiss, and Annanna knows she can fulfill that "impossible" task, but does she want to?  That task is completed a lot sooner than you would think, and it doesn't exactly happen the way Annanna wants it to.  Which leads to a lot of tension between Annana and Niji.  This is where I would have loved to have chapters from Niji's POV.  What was going on in his head?  He's so stoic most of the time it was hard to know what he was thinking and feeling.

There's a new character who is pretty hilarious, a manticore with a name no one can pronounce.  She's pretty obnoxious (and deadly, since she eats humans, although she only eats men), but she and Annana enter into a friendship that grows throughout the novel.

Most of the novel revolves around Annana and Niji's quest to complete the three impossible tasks.  There are even more pirates in this book than the first one, which was fun. Ananna is even stronger in this novel than in the last one, at least in some parts of her life.  She's brave, impulsive, and passionate, but she's also very insecure when it comes to Naji.  He's also pretty insecure, and even more self-conscious when it comes to his scars.  He broods.  They fight.  She riles him up.  He tries to protect her.  But it is a relationship you root for.  

The ending is satisfying, although it may not please everyone.  I wouldn't have minded having an epilogue that shows how it all works out.  I guess I'll just have to use my imagination!  

Posted by:  Pam


  1. I haven't read this but it looks interesting. Great review.

  2. Oo Naji's POV would have been a good addition! I agree that he was a bit hard to read and I would have liked to know what he was thinking. And I did enjoy the manticore! Good point about having an epilogue. I think it could have made the ending stronger. It was too sudden and open ended for me to love it but I am sort of glad of how it ended. It sometimes drives me crazy when one person sacrifices who they are for the sake of a relationship.

    Even though we differed a bit in our enjoyment of this one I enjoy seeing your perspective and I am glad you liked this one!

    Nicole @ The Quiet Concert

    1. *SPOILER RESPONSE FOR THIS BOOK AND FOR THE GRACELING* The ending reminded me a bit of The Graceling, where you have two very independent characters who aren't going to just give up who they are and what they love to follow around the other person. You don't see that that type of relationship that much in YA novels. But I choose to believe that they will still have a relationship and see each other, like Katsa and Po. ~Pam

  3. I have heard really mixed things about this conclusion (to a duology? Awesome! I love how these are becoming more and more common now) but I'm glad to see that you enjoyed it. I myself have not read The Assassin's Curse yet, but have heard great things. Unfortunately, I doubt I'll get to it any time soon, but I'm still glad this duology ended on a high note for you!

    1. It's definitely one of those endings that can go either way as far as how you feel about it. Both books are definitely fun reads and I love that there's only two of them (these long series are getting exhausting!) :) ~Pam

  4. I had no idea this was a series with only two books! Now I really want to read both now, you make this series sound great! Good, tied up endings are necessary for me but if it works out okay, I guess that is fine. Great review!

    1. I enjoyed them, and I was happy to see there were only two of them too. A lot of trilogies could have easily been just two books and they probably would have been better. Hopefully you will enjoy them! ~Pam