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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...more
Paperback, 1st Edition, 298 pages
Published October 2nd 2012 by Strange Chemistry (first published October 1st 2012)
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Sam
The Assassin’s Curse opens with a runaway bride making a getaway on a camel. I kid you not.

Ananna of the Tanarau dreams of sailing the vast seas with her own ship and her own crew. She longs to be the most beautiful and fierce of all female pirates and trapping herself into a marriage with Tarrin of the Hariri is the last thing she wants. In a moment of sudden rashness, she flees from the reach of her family and his, only to land herself at the receiving end of an assassin’s sword. Naji is hire...more
Zuleeza
This review is also available on my blog, Qwerty


Easily, the BEST BOOK of 2012 I've read so far.

First, I would like to offer a shitload of virtual Nutella for mah girls,
Ebony
and Lisbeth as a sign of gratitute. Without their gushing reviews, I wouldn't go about requesting this from Netgalley.

I think I may have found my favourite book of 2012 so far.

No, I'm not kitten you.

My favourite shelf had been so loneleyh! SO LONELEYH! No books, and I mean no books had ever made it into that list after Dau...more
Noelle
This is an accurate portrayal of me after reading The Assassin's Curse:


In fact. You know, what? Hit it:

Ananna is a pirate, born and raised
and on the high seas is where she spends her days.
Sword fightin', riggin', stealing your loot.
Handy with a lie and a knife in her boot.
All she wants is to travel to distant lands,
but her mom and pop are plotting marriage plans.
She'll take adventure over a relationship,
so on the big day gives her fiance the slip.
She has no idea just what trouble she's in,...more
Jillian -always aspiring-
When I first read the synopsis for Cassandra Rose Clarke's The Assassin's Curse, I was very intrigued. Pirates? Assassins? Magic? Curses? Yes, please! Who wouldn't want to read a novel that seems like what might have happened if someone like Tamora Pierce had written Pirates of the Caribbean? As often as I've been burned by false promises in novel synopses, I need not have worried with this novel: The Assassin's Curse fulfilled its promises and managed to soar above and beyond my expectations.

In...more
Oceana Fern
I don't think there are words to describe my severe disappointment after finishing THE ASSASSIN'S CURSE.

I began the book with high expectations after individually going through the glowing reviews my co-blogger friends wrote. I was ridiculously excited for THE ASSASSIN'S CURSE - but not only did it let me down... I disliked it heartily in general.

I, along with a majority of the readers, found the idea of the plot to be interesting and original - a strong, independent pirate-chick on a quest to c...more
Catie
Do you love Grave Mercy, Blood Red Road, or The Bloody Jack series? Then you need to read this book.

Do you like Grave Mercy, but wish it had more actual murder and a less prim heroine?
Do you like Blood Red Road but wish it had a plot that actually made sense?
Do you like Jacky Faber, but wish she would just grow up already?

Then you definitely need to read this book.

This book is an absolutely entertaining, fun ride that swept me up onto the back of a stolen camel and never let me go. I finished it...more
Keertana
This, ladies and gentleman, is how you write a spectacular debut novel. Clarke’s first book is a masterful mix of imagination, thrill, suspense, and a subtle, but underlying, romance. Although I do have my own qualms with this book – which I will get to in a little bit – I can’t deny that it kept me entertained, forcing me to devour it all in one sitting. I fell in love with the character interaction and rich world that Clarke had created and I am already eagerly anticipating the sequel of thi...more
Stacia (out of inspiration)
Give this at least 3 chapters...

...okay, maybe 4 chapters...

...come to think of it, go with 5, just to be safe...

3.5 stars. I can't remember where I got hooked, but it took a short amount of time. But when it happened, I was all in. It was sort of like when I read Graceling and felt like the story didn't really start until Katsa and Po hit the road. That's what happened to me with Assassin's Curse. Things start to pick up when Annabanana (uh...or something like that, her name was similar) get...more
Katie Stout
This book has been making the rounds much more than I would have thought, considering it's published by a new indie publisher. But honestly, The Assassin's Curse is one of the best debuts I've read all year.

I've been saying for quite a while that what YA needs more of is pirates. There just really aren't that many. And I mean, come on. Who doesn't love a good pirate?



And the pirates in Ms. Clarke's book are epic. Think Pirates of the Caribbean #3, with all the different pirate lords getting toget...more
Janina
I feel like the blurb for this book very much summarises the whole story and is more than a little spoiler-y. I usually don't mind that too much, but if you would like to be surprised, better try to not take a closer look at it. (I just noticed the blurb was changed, so you are now free to read it ;) - and not be spoiled.)

You may not believe it: we have here a book about assassins and pirates that actually includes - hold your breath, hold your breath - real pirates and a real assassin who even...more
Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
3.5
The Assassin’s Curse, Cassandra Rose Clarke’s debut novel, is an exciting and unusual adventure filled with pirates, magic and, of course, assassins. It’s a must read for everyone who’s grown a bit tired of the same ol, formulaic stories. This book could never have a girl in a pretty dress on its cover.

Here’s something I’ve noticed in Clarke’s adult book (The Mad Scientist’s Daughter), and it’s even more pronounced here: she tends to write slow-developing, complicated and subtle romances. So...more
Tamora Pierce
A very unusual fantasy, with a female pirate hero and a brooding assassin male hero. You have to know I loved it because I gave it a quote for the cover!
Trinity
You know how you just wake up some mornings and think man I could really go some pirate, assassin fantasy right about now? No? Just me? I doubt it.

Enter the Assassin's Curse; a swaschbucklin' snake stabbin' good time!

Let me break it down for you real quick.
A sassy pirate lady runs off from her lame betrothed husband whose daddy then sends an assassin after her.

Now let me break it down for you real slow.
Ananna
No I didn't leave the 'b' off banana, that's totes her name.
Well honey I would totall...more
Ash Wednesday
Mar 30, 2014 Ash Wednesday rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommended to Ash Wednesday by: Buddy Read with Samantha
2.5 STARS
”Well, look who’s on my front porch,” he said, speaking Empire with this odd hissing accent. “A murderer and a cross-dressing pirate.”

I’m still having a hard time figuring out how a book from this author, with this kind of premise, in my go-to genre could have failed me monumentally.

A sassy seventeen year old pirate bride ditches her groom who in turn sends a deadly assassin after her to… well, kill her. By some brilliant turn of events, the pirate bride saves the assassin’s life, bin...more
Jasprit
Recently I’ve noticed that the type of books I seem to get the most enjoyment out of as late are fantasy books. Contemporary novels are typically my best friend, I know I can turn to them when I need a quick pick me up and they always deliver through and through. But in the last few weeks’ books such as Throne of Glass, Defiance and Stormdancer, books which at the beginning of the year I never would have considered are ending up as my favourites of 2012. They seem to bring that extra oomph throu...more
Cassi aka Snow White Haggard
This review is Breakdown of a Heroine Style because I just love Ananna that much.

Who is Ananna?
Ananna is the seventeen year old daughter of a pirate captain. She's been raised on a confederation pirate ship, knows her way around the riggings. She's handy with a sword and can find her way out of almost any problem.

Strength of Character
Ananna is kickass in all the best ways. She can defend herself with a sword and knife. She doesn't hesitate to fight off evil. When she decides to learn navigation...more
Catriona (LittleBookOwl)
WEEEEEEE I can't wait to continue this!
I love it!
Crystal Starr Light
Bullet Review:

This is one of those books where I am flip-flopping around my thoughts. On one hand, I LOVE LOVE LOVED the beginning. Ananna totally rocks, and I love the world of pirates. But then, halfway through, my love for this got ruined when Ananna hates this woman almost solely because the woman is attractive. And then I felt the Ananna/Naji thing got forced a bit. And then the book ended.

Still, it's not bad. You got adventure, pirates, fantasy, magic - some really good stuff. And honestly...more
Experiment BL626
The Assassin's Curse (TAC) was a fun read. What a pity that the YA fantasy lacked substance.

Hollow Characters

+++ Ananna

Ananna was feisty, practical, and compassionate but these traits of her were not in good synergy. One example is when she rescued Naji from an asp after his failed attempt to assassinate her. She acted compassionately but how was it practical to save someone who was trying to kill you?

She had no problem, or I should say no hesitancy in stealing, lying, and killing when necessar...more
Lisa O.
3.5 stars.

While her parents are trying to marry her off to another family of the Pirate Confederation, Ananna's got a mind of her own. She won't accept being sold for diplomatic reasons and is ready to forfeit everything for her freedom.
On the run, with no money and only her wedding dress to sell, Ananna becomes the target of one of the most fearsome species to populate this peculiar world; the Jadorr'as, deadly and inescapable assassins, made of shadows and dark magic. They never miss a target....more
Nafiza
Can I just say first that I love the cover? Because I really love it. It’s so…lovely. The calligraphy almost seems like Arabic, fitting in with the rest of the elements of the cover. So kudos to whoever designed it.

Okay, moving on to what we are gathered here to talk about. Mainly, the novel. It starts with a runaway bride. I have no problem with that. What I do have a problem with is the fact that she leaves it so late in the game to make the run. You know what I mean? She could run away the ni...more
Regan
A really fun read! The world may not have been explained all that well but the characters were awesome! I love where this story and adventure is going to go!
Jessie  (Ageless Pages Reviews)
Read This Review & More Like It On My Blog!

Wow - what a beautiful and original cover; I defy anyone to see that and not want to at least peak at the inside novel. I caught sight of this beautiful, evocative cover a few weeks ago on GoodReads and once it had popped up on NetGalley, I knew I had to read it. For once, this is not a case of a beautiful, alluring young adult cover hiding a big ol' mess of plot and characters inside (unlike numerous others I could name that lied to my eyes); this...more
AH
Pirates, curses, magic, and more made The Assassin’s Curse by Cassandra Rose Clark one of my favorite reads of 2012. The Assassin’s Curse is a book than can appeal to many readers from middle grades and up. It really didn’t feel like a kid or young adult book at all – there was plenty of action and adventure to keep the reader riveted to the pages.

The Assassin’s Curse is told from the point of view of Ananna of Tanarau, the daughter of pirates from the Pirate Federation. She is to be wed in an a...more
Hilda
3.5 stars

Looking for a fun fantasy read? Look no further, because The Assassin’s Curse got everything you want: fantasy, magic, assassin, and camel in a package! Yes, ladies and gentlemen. Camel! Ever heard of runaway bride? Sure you have. Ever heard of a runaway bride who steals a camel to pursue her dream of having her own pirate ship? Bet you’ve never.

The Assassin’s Curse is, as it suggests, an entertaining read. Things are crazy in this book that I couldn’t help but giggled all the time. Thr...more
Lisbeth Avery {Domus Libri}
For me, the Assassin's Curse is one of my best reads of 2012 (so far). It's full of adventure, magic, and a pinch of romance. It has amazing world building and spectacular characters.

You know what? I hated it in the beginning.

It felt absurd. The main character rode of on a camel. Ok... I guess since it's like Arabia (or something) they have camels to ride off on. But, I live in good old Midwest.

There ain't no camels here.

Than Naji came in. After that, it became awesome. Like assassin ninja aweso...more
Mogsy (MMOGC)
This book sounded fascinating from its description, with words like "Pirates" and "Assassins" leaping out at me and pushing all the right buttons. And while Angry Robot's young adult imprint Strange Chemistry has only just celebrated their one year birthday, they've already made a name for themselves in my book with their wide variety of unique and interesting titles. So, I'll admit I was going into this with rather high expectations.

A strong point for this book is that it doesn't waste time get...more
Matt
Ananna of the Tanarau lives the life of a pirate's daughter: swinging from ship masts, swashbuckling, swimming in stolen gold, and shacking up with Johnny Depp. Basically, this sums up a pirate's life. And yes, I listened to that the entire time I wrote this review.

Ananna's life is fine and dandy, until her parents decide to marry her off to another pirate family for the sake of ties. Infuriated, she runs off to escape the marriage. Unfortunately, her fiance's pirate family's all



And sends a...l...more
Allison
The Assassin's Curse had so much potential! Pirates, assassins, curses, magic... it sounded like a fun adventure. I really thought I would love it, but it ended up being just blah. There is little adventure, little depth to both characters and world, and I didn't care about or even like the two characters.

It was disappointing, but it also went quickly. I was really annoyed when I got to the end and it was a cliffhanger. I mean the sort of cliffhanger where everything just ends midstep without a...more
Heidi
There really can’t be enough awesome things said about Cassandra Rose Clarke’s debut novel, The Assassin’s Curse. Already read a veritable truckload of awesome things? Don’t care. Still not enough. Actually, I take that back, I do care. I care because if you’re still reading reviews debating whether or not this one is worth picking up, you need to get run over by said veritable truckload of awesomeness–go pick this one up already! I’ll wait.

Okay, good now? Let the fawning commence!

It’s hard to e...more
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Cassandra Rose Clarke is a speculative fiction writer living amongst the beige stucco and overgrown pecan trees of Houston, Texas. She graduated in 2006 from The University of St. Thomas with a bachelor’s degree in English, and in 2008 she completed her master’s degree in creative writing at The University of Texas at Austin. Both of these degrees have served her surprisingly well.

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