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Magic of Blood and Sea

(The Assassin's Curse #1-2)

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  495 ratings  ·  67 reviews
A pirate princess and a cursed assassin find their fates intertwined in this gorgeous and thrilling adventure.

Ananna of the Tanarau abandons ship when her parents try to marry her off to an ally pirate clan. She wants to captain her own boat, not serve as second-in-command to a handsome and clueless man. But her escape has dire consequences when she learns that her fiancé’
Paperback, 544 pages
Published February 7th 2017 by Gallery / Saga Press
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The thing is, I read this as the Assasin's Curse duology, and I love those books so much, I HAD to buy this new edition. And its in my hands now, and I re-read this beautiful book and I loved it just as much as I did the first time. I still had my problems with it. But it is amazing. If you like pirates, assassins, adventures, sea-battles, magicians, manticores and admiring characters... Please read this, and then thank me.

The last two p
Fantasy Literature
Jun 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Magic of Blood and Sea (2017) combines two of Cassandra Rose Clarke’s novels, The Assassin’s Curse (2012) and The Pirate’s Wish (2013), into one volume. Originally, these novels were published by Strange Chemistry, the YA branch of Angry Robot Books, but the imprint went defunct (as sometimes happens) and the publication rights to their various books were scattered to the four winds. In this particular case, Saga Press swooped in to save the day, and not only did The Assassin’s Curse and The Pir ...more
Lauren Stoolfire
Magic of Blood and Sea by Cassandra Rose Clarke, the collected duology of The Assassin's Curse, is a fun YA fantasy adventure with pirates and some romance. It's a good read with a lot of potential, but it never lives up to it enough to be really great. I particularly enjoyed Ananna's story, but the world building left me wanting. I needed to know so much more about her world that aren't really touched upon in the story. I was hoping for something more along the lines of S.A. Chakraborty's The C ...more
A love-struck pirate daughter
A very mysterious assassin (2-D personality)
The weakest set of villains (no background, even worse motives, cliches)

There were great epic moments, but in between them was just okay-ness. The story felt short (despite 510 pages) and lacking, at the same time somewhat beautiful. Not sure I'll continue with the series. One of favorite book covers tho.
Oct 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really loved this being a duology, totally necessary! I reviewed each book separately, but I loved Ananna's story and her relationships with Marjani and Naji. This is totally amazing to read if you want some great heroines doing amazing pirate things!
May 05, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, ya
First of all, while this was originally available as two books in a duology it's really one story, so I would recommend reading it in the omnibus edition. Plus, the two halves on their own are short -- though put together they're a bit long, and probably could have trimmed slightly for the reissue.

The story is entertaining enough, and the world colorful. I would have liked a little more meat to the worldbuilding, and especially to the pirate confederation. In truth, the "pirate" aspect seemed mo
Erin Cook
Jan 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is one of my favorite books of all time. Truly magical and unique.
Jun 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book is actually a 2 for 1, with two smaller books around 200 pages each put into one larger volume - sort of like Riyria if you've read that.

I'm not sure if this is self published or not, I looked up the publisher info on the back and it said "Saga Press" and I looked that up and said it was an "Imprint of Simon and Schuster" - I have no idea what that means.

Anyway, onto the review!

I picked up this book for the bingo challenge for Seafaring. I'm actually doing multiple bingo cards this yea
Aug 31, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: pirates, ya
An omnibus of the duology The Assassin’s Curse and The Pirate’s Wish. Ananna of the Tanarau is the only child of a pirate captain, and is supposed to be married off to the son of another pirate captain for an alliance. She, however, says Fuck That Shit, I want to captain my own ship unfettered by a fool of a husband, and runs away. An assassin gets sent after her, things happen, and Ananna and the assassin are bound together by a curse. Adventures, some predictable and some unpredictable, happen ...more
May 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: pirate-books
So close to 5 stars but the ending was kinda random and rushed 😭😭
I really enjoyed this duology! It was so refreshing and entertaining and I loved the piraty-sea setting and the main characters 😍😭
Emily Blake
Review coming soon
Cheng Cheng
Nov 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Really enjoyed it! It was magical!
But i wish it was a bit longer. Maybe another 100pages to explain the villain...
what I loved the most was the pirate ship battles! Epic!
Dec 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
I love my stabby gremlin children
May 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, ya
Reread thoughts : I'll never be able to read this in more than two days apparently? It doesn't reinvent the wheel but I love it. Very fast paced but also takes place over a very long amount of time in the book. Which makes the ship 100% my thing. At time some stuffs feel a bit clunky buuuuut it does so many good things. There's pocs and lgbtq+ chqrqcters, people qctually communicate and sex exist!

I could probably find something wrong with book; but I really don't want to. I had a great time read
Apr 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
The Assassin's Curse: 5 stars
The Pirate's Wish: 5 stars

I wanted to read those books for so long now, I'm so happy I finally got a copy because it was honestly amazing. Full review to come, when I know what to say, but for now just know that it was so good, one of the best duology I've ever read! And that romance... I'm still one the floor.
May 16, 2017 rated it liked it
an entitled pirate princess and a magic assassin with self esteem issues. the secondary characters were more interesting than the protagonists. ignoring the cliches, a fun light read
Sep 17, 2019 rated it liked it
September 11-17, 2019
Since the book is a two in one I read the first one sept 11-15 and the second 15-17.

Carried it around since September 6th but didn’t get into it until a week later. Found the beginning somewhat slow-going.

The book was a lot of one-upping the other individuals desperate need for the first. I'm hurt X, save me over and over.

October 2nd review
p.53 Assassin and a lady at a Inn- though she didn't look like a lady with blood on her arms.
p.174 Up north, the sky the colour of a s
Jun 06, 2017 rated it it was ok
I really liked the bones of this story. The pirate who falls in love with the heartless assassin sent to kill her. Swoon. And that's where my love of this novel started and ended.
Because, I HATED the character Annanna. Hated, isn't even a strong enough word. She is entitled, self absorbed, immature, and just all over a god awful person.
I couldn't connect with her as a heroine because I couldn't find a single personality trait that I admired. If I met Annana in real life I know I would intensel
Cindy Vallar
May 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Don’t get married. Don’t trust beautiful people. Choices have consequences.

Getting married isn’t Ananna of the Tanarau’s idea. Her parents thought this one up. All she wants is to captain her own ship. But the Confederation doesn’t allow female captains. But there’s always a way to circumvent rules, especially when you’re a pirate.

Anyway, the second is her hard and fast rule. Tarrin of the Hariri is beautiful. His family wants to elevate the clan, marriage being one way to do so. (Murder and mut
Jun 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Magic of Blood and Sea combines two books, The Assassin's Curse and The Pirate's Wish, which came out separately a few years ago. I never read them before, and I can't imagine them separated; the arcs of each book just aren't enough to justify it.

However! This was a cool ass book. It's about Ananna, the daughter of pirates, who flees a marriage to another pirate clan and in doing so, incurs their wrath, which they show by sending an assassin after her. During her encounter with the assassin, she
Katelyn Exton
May 29, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: guilty-pleasure
This book has a really good plot but sadly thats probably all I can say. (Persoanlly i really liked the book as somesort of guilty pleasure.) the characters are a bit one diamentional and sterotyplical. the Main charcater starts to become very predictable towards the middle- end of the book. Through the characters are devepled there just not very realistc when it come to behaviour and how they act, you can always guess what they're going to say or do.

it is a very clique young adult/ fantasy/ rom
Dec 28, 2019 added it
Shelves: dnf, reviewed
DNF @ 21%

This book had way too many "really?" moments. It's super fast-paced, but there's a reason they say slow and steady wins the race.

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Rin Marygold
Sep 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites, owned
Holy crap! That was one of the most super enchanting adventure i’ve ever read in my whole life!
Solid 4.5🌟 from me..

The reason why i didn’t give it 5🌟 is because i felt a little bit frustrated with Ananna’s personality at the time, also there’s a couple of things that i think needs to be explain a lil bit more..
But overall! HOLY GODMOTHER! I really really love the world building and all the places they travelled to.. i love our “little cat” bestfriend, i love Marjani and her backstory, and i lov
Feb 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: really-enjoyed
I first read The Assassin's Curse this past summer, when my best friend let me borrow her book. Absolutely loved it, and the cover being gorgeous definitely made it even better (while the new cover design is nice, I miss the original art). I was desperate to get my hands on my own copy, and the sequel, and was very disappointed to learn that both books were no longer in print. I did see that they were being rereleased together, however, and preordered immediately (even though I didn't have a cha ...more
Jun 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
It was great coming back and reading about Ananna and Naji, I didn't know how much I missed their story until I reread The Assassin's Curse and The Pirate's Wish in Magic of Blood and Sea.

Although I don't remember much from back when I read the books in 2013, except for those gorgeous covers, Magic of Blood and Sea was a rerelease of the two books combined as one book, and I loved reading about the adventures Ananna and Naji went on to break the curse and all the pirating and magic, again. I al
Jan 21, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Two and a half stars.

The Assassin’s Curse was a journey book, the entire time. Ananna and Naji are trying to break his curse, but actually have no knowledge of the tasks they need to complete until the end of the book. They literally wander around looking for someone else to tell them what to do, and how to break the curse that binds them together.

I think I was supposed to fall in love with Naji? But he had little to no personality until the second book started, The Pirate’s Wish.

Ananna also
Kaitlin Marie-Brown Salter
I couldn't get into the language used in the book. It didn't feel consistent. The main character does not usually use proper grammar, which is totally fine with me. She just doesn't speak that way all the time. Instead of being an interesting character trait, it just became annoying. I also didn't think there was enough description of important things. The author describes things like dresses or how a market place looks or the color a random lady's eyes, but I have no idea what the main characte ...more
Sep 08, 2017 rated it liked it
Ok so you see the thing is I had like super high expectations for these books, and yeah they were ok, but not nearly as good as I was expecting them to be. The book starts off full throttle, our main character is forced into marriage and she don't like it so she peaces out. And, understandably, this makes the other family mad. So, being reasonable, they send an assassin to kill her. Yep
And so she just so happens to save his life, yeah the life of a man literally right about to kill her, and they
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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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