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The Pirate's Wish

(The Assassin's Curse #2)

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  10,926 ratings  ·  1,208 reviews
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, their wits, and the secret to breaking the curse: complete three impossible tasks. With the help of their friend Marjani and a rather unusual ally, Ananna and Naji make their way south ...more
Paperback, 330 pages
Published June 18th 2013 by Strange Chemistry
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Rachel E. Carter
Jan 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
It’s a love story. It’s not a love story. It’s… oh, who cares what it is, it was beautiful.

Thank you Cassandra Clarke.

Now. Let me praise you for taking this creepy beastling (thank you Merlin on BBC for this nightmare):


And turning her into this:


The manticore is now my favorite fantasy sidekick of all time, second only to Lord Rikash the Stormwing (from Tamora Pierce’s Wild Magic series).
There was even more action, adventure, and general awesomeness. And I fell for Naji after all. Even though I s
Above all else, this is a pretty satisfying conclusion to a story that began not so long ago with one runaway pirate bride on a camel. I thought I would have to wait a whole year to find out how the dreaded Assassin’s Curse was dealt with, but lo – the internet is generous to me. I read this book in about four noncontiguous hours of metro riding and would have happily holed up with it somewhere if I’d had the chance. It was a quick, enjoyable read. However, this second installment was not as enj ...more
Jun 25, 2015 rated it it was ok
So disappointing. I was convinced that after the Assassin's Curse, which has had so much potential, the story could only go upwards. I was painfully wrong. The plot was resolved ridiculously easy and the relationship was absurdly forced. And why is no one talking about the mental abuse Naji had suffered from Ananna?

There are boons/wishes granted, few pirate fights, manticore royalty, gay queens, a lot of unnecessary teenage angst and whining. Oh, and also they're trying to break three curses but
Apr 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, fantasy, fantasy-fun
I enjoyed this book. I enjoyed this book IMMENSELY.

You know a book is good when you try to think of how to do it justice in a review and all you can come up with is something like this:

Since I received this ARC in exchange for an honest review I’ll try to abstain from that and use actual words to describe its epicness.

The first book, The Assassin's Curse, ends with our main character, Ananna, stranded on the spooky, mist shrouded Isles of the Sky with Naji, the perma-grumpy assassin forced to p
You people! Yes, I am back.


It is finally time for me to review The Pirate's Wish. I cannot hide that I was a teeny tiny bit disappointed in this book: while it was still highly enjoyable, it lacked that extra something that made me love The Assassin's Curse so much. And yet, this duology is definitely what I would recommend for an entertaining and engaging read, and I look forward to reading more of Ms. Clarke's work.
This series reminded me slightly of the Ruby Red trilogy, probably because of
Mar 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
3.75/5 stars
I really really enjoyed this Duology. It's not without its problems and issues, but overall it was wonderful!
Cover update! Isn't it gorgeous?

Jul 02, 2012 rated it liked it
Rating: 2.5 Stars

It seems to be a trend this year that every series finale disappoints me, in one way or another. As such, it was probably foolish of me to expect any better from The Pirate's Wish, but I did. I had high expectations for this novel - very high expectations - and while I certainly enjoyed the quick read it provided, it isn't the memorable novel that its predecessor was. And, frankly, I think this conclusion could have been better - a lot better - but I suspect that those thoughts
Aug 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
The Assassin's Curse was one of my favorite books I read last year. It blew me away with its originality and creativity, and it had me wishing there were pirates and assassins in every YA high fantasy. So when Strange Chemistry emailed me about digital copies of The Pirate's Wish on NetGalley, I freaked out. I NEEDED this book to be good. And it so was!

Cassandra Rose Clarke has written two books that are crazy original. A lot of high fantasy (specifically in YA) is really similar - medieval-esqu
Norah Una Sumner
4,5 stars

Who would've guessed that I'm going to love this book so much? Yes,it had many flaws but I don't know...I just really felt the pain the characters where in and the story was really interesting.I kind of got really attached to Ananna,even though I didn't like her that much in the first part of this duology.Marjani and the Manticore were fantastic supporting characters and I loved Ananna's parents too.I love the way Naji is portrayed - he still wants to be accepted and to have someone who
Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
While I wasn’t the biggest fan of The Assassin’s Curse, not even close, I was still very much looking forward to The Pirate’s Wish. If there’s one thing I admire about Clarke, it’s that you never know what to expect with one of her books. She takes risks and they usually pay off.

Compared to The Assassin’s Curse, The Pirate’s Wish showed significant improvement in narrative structure. While the first book started had a promising start, only to flatline after the first few scenes, The Assassin’s
Anja H.
Mar 06, 2019 rated it it was ok

“For the first time, I understood the difference between leaving and not staying. It was the difference between a snarl and a smile.”

Well, this was unfortunately another no for me.
I hoped the second book in this series would be better than the first, since I usually love anything that has to do with pirates, but I just didn’t connect to any of the characters, nor did the story make any sense to me. The character I liked the most was the freaking manticore with a name th
Jan 16, 2013 marked it as to-read
Together, Naji and Ananna must break the curse, escape their enemies — and come to terms with their growing romantic attraction.


What 'romantic tension' are you talking about?

Ananna and Naji never even had any in the first place. I have more sexual tension with my fish.

I still want to read this, though.
Caz (littlebookowl)
Jan 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned
I plan on doing a series review! AHHHHH it was so good!
Cee (The Mistress Case)
Assassins aren't scared of gifsa review for pure fun by Cee

Ananna played by Rachel Weisz

- I thought about The Mummy a lot because of the desert in The Assassin's Curse. The Pirate's Wish is more about the ships and sea. Real pirate stuff.

- The difference between Eve and Ananna is that Eve is totally badass.

Naji played by Sebastain Stan

- I kept picturing the Winter Soldier as Naji haha


Even though there is more of this . . .

. . . there is also more of this.

My favorite chara
Ronak Gajjar
Mar 03, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: series, 2018
To be honest, I had none because of disastrous part one! This one has even more weaker points which I suppose I have to list down. *sighs*
Weak villainous aspects - Check!
Concoction of science fiction + mythological beasts + magic realism + forced romance - Check!
LANGUAGE! - Check! (**I seriously struggled through it!)
Totally vague surprising elements -Check!
(view spoiler)
Baseless Storyline - Check!
Poorer Wo
Dec 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
I forgot to review this so I will do it while this is still fresh in my mind.

I am so in love with this duology. I just adored it dearly. The writing in this one felt easier and better than in the first book but man oh man I love this series!!
I just have nothing more to say honestly it's such a fun action packed series about a pirate and an assassin.

4 stars only though because I don't like how convenient the resolution to this story was. (view spoiler)
Dec 11, 2014 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Fan of action & pirates
Ugh, I wanted more from this series!
This book had the same problems of the first one but I ended up enjoying the story a little bit more.

The ending wasn't totally satisfying. An epilogue was needed.
Stuti Rai
Warning: Many teasers in the review.

I have some very conflicting feelings about this book. The rational side of my mind says,"That is so expended" but the reader in me snarls back in contempt,"That's what makes it so awesomesauce. Using so many cliches and still managing to produce a very, very fine book is the mark of some fairly clever author skills."

And my final verdict is to kick out the annoying rational side. I did have problems with this book but nothing that thirteen hours deep sleep an
Sep 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-books
I really enjoyed the Main Character, she was snarky, loud with the mouth of a sailor and she can bring it in a fight.
The story had romance, humor, realistic believable characters, magic and unique worlds. The ending was a little too neat but that was really the only flaw for me.
I missed much of the back story behind these characters, having not read book 1. There was a brief review but I want to know the story better. I will reread this after reading it and I'm sure I'll love it more.
Experiment BL626
CAUTION: spoilers

Book 2 wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be after reading a negative review. Make no mistake. The book was bad, but it was not insufferably bad. I credit my endurance to my love of manga.

+ the characters

Ananna was a complete brat. I went from liking her in book 1 to hating her in book 2 in one second. She showed no appreciation for the food Naji brought to her, the concern he showed for her, or protection he provided for her. She whined about everything. She threw a tantrum vi
Maggie ☘
“That don't make sense."
“Of course not,” he said. “It's magic.”

So... As it happens, my favourite character in this whole book ended up being a manticore. Huge terrifying beast with the personality of royally spoiled kitten. I seriously adored her!

“She gave me one of her sharp smiles and turned back to the sea. “It is strange, living with humans. But I am growing used to it.”
“I thought you lived with humans on the Island of the Sun.”
The manticore flicked her tail. “That’s different. They a
Lisbeth Avery {Domus Libri}
I should have expected this book to be bad. It's not like I ever love sequels or the final book in a series as much as I love the first book. They're often not worth the wait in any shape or fashion. But for some crazy and illogical reason, I did expect THE PIRATE'S WISH to be as enjoyable as THE ASSASSIN'S CURSE, if not even better. Instead, it failed me in many aspects.

The story takes place only a few days after the events of THE PIRATE'S CURSE leaving our favorite heroes on the island, trying
Jan 31, 2014 rated it really liked it
Quick thoughts:

Ahhhh I didn't want this to end! :(
Having read so many raving reviews about this book I had reasonably high expectations and they were DEFINITELY met!
This second and sadly (but at the same time fortunately!) last installment was fantastic!
The characters were, again, hilarious and their story was downright entertaining.
I couldn't put this book down!
you can find this review on my blog!
(hi so this is a review of both books, and i would post under the bind up version of this book... but i read the old editions so. yeah.)
Beware, there will be spoilers for both books.

I've had The Assassin's Curse on my goodreads TBR for what seemed like eons. It sounded like the perfect fantasy: pirates and assassins and curses. Like, I was sold. It might have taken me approximately 6 years (holy shit?) to get to it, but I did! I got to it.

And... I'm a b

Actual rating: 2.5 stars

Spoilers below.

Unfortunately, she was pretty annoying in this book. What happened to her? All she thinks about is Naji, and I'm freaking tired of it. What's up with the sudden "I love you"s? I thought she only *liked* him in TAC. Ugh. Despite that, she kept on whining about loads of stuff, for example, Naji doesn't love me back, Marjani should be asking about the starstones, Naji doesn't want me, Naji this, Naji that, it's getting old. I really really couldn't
May 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was so much better than the first in the series! Things I loved:
-lesbian couple
-discussion of women's ability to please herself with out a man (sexually, but also just in general)
-more romance/chemistry between the two main characters
-more excitement/action

The ending was a little bitter sweet but completely plausible and just generally a nice closing to the story. If you read The Assassin's Curse and thought "meh", I urge you to continue with the one!
Eunice Moral
Nov 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
It’s like eating a stuffed-crust pizza, every bit of it is soooooo good.

I started reading The Pirate’s Wish with the smallest of expectation. The first book the Assassin’s Curse left me welling up with too much frustration over the male protagonist – Naji. I could very well remember how my eyes rolled so much. He needs to redeem himself on book 2 or else I will definitely lose it. So I approached this second book with trepidation, cautious enough to not let the actions of Naji affect me. Su
Sep 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I really enjoyed the first one. This one was even better than the first. I really wished it wasn't a duology because even if this is a complete story, you can totally see this world/story/characters continuing on into a bigger series. It's so great. ...more
Mar 11, 2014 rated it really liked it

Sometimes I don't know whether to be grateful that this wasn't as detailed as I wanted it to be or not. I liked The pirate's wish, I really did, but at the same time I wanted more. Still this is a pretty good duology, especially if you are looking for a fast-paced read with fun adventures and a good female protagonist.

- I have always liked Ananna, since the first chapter of The assassin's Curse and I loved her in this one too. She talks and acts like a pirate and not like your average prim a
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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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