My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Number of pages:416
Expected publication: October 2nd 2012 by Strange Chemistry
Blurb:Ananna of the Tanarau is the eldest daughter of a highly-ranked family in the loose assortment of cutthroats and thieves in the Pirate's Confederation. When she runs away from the marriage her parents have arranged for her, they hire Naji the assassin to murder her.
When a mysterious woman in a dress shop offers her magical assistance for dealing with the assassin, Ananna accepts. She never went in much for magic herself -- she lacks the talent for it -- but she's not quite ready to die yet, either. Unfortunately, the woman's magic fails.
Fortunately, Ananna inadvertently saves the assassin's life in the skirmish, thus activating a curse that had been placed on him a few years earlier. Now, whenever her life is in danger, he must protect her -- or else he experiences tremendous physical pain. Neither Ananna nor the assassin, Naji, are pleased about this development.
Follow Ananna and Naji as they sail across the globe, visiting such mysterious places as the Court of Salt and Waves, in their desperate effort to lift the curse. Soon they will discover that only by completing three impossible tasks will they be able to set themselves free.
Thank you Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with an ARC of this book.
I have almost nothing to complain about this book.Sure,it took it's time in proceeding with the main story so at the beginning it felt a bit boring.But once the story proceeded,I got more and more sucked into this newly created world of pirates and assassins by Cassandra Rose Clarke. From the cover and the storyline,I could tell that the story was set in the Middle-East,and let me tell you,I have not seen much YA fantasy novels which were set in the Middle-East.And readers appreciate uniqueness.I don't know about you guys but I obviously do.I liked the heroine Ananna's tom-boyish attitude.When I started reading about her I was like :YES!Finally no pretty and weak damsel in distress!!!I've been reading about them so much that I've grown sick of them.At first I thought that Naji would be cool,but when I saw that he's the damsel in distress here I almost laughed my head off!!Bravo!Bravo Ms. Clarke!Where have you been all my life?!We really need to chat.Anytime you're free,just pop over to my place. ;)
Remember where I said that I had almost nothing to complain about this book?I said ALMOST along with nothing.Please put emphasis on that word.I did have one thing to complain about,or maybe two, which made me refrain from giving this book a five star rating.The ending was too abrupt.It had little or no romance in it,which was fine by me,since I'm not that big a fan of romance,but I felt that the ending killed all the suspense.According to the author's blog,there will be a sequel to this book,then that's it.That's a good sign,since a lot of authors keep writing sequels on and on just to bring in cash.Now,am I going to read the sequel?Hell yeah!! :D
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