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ISBN13: 9781908844019
ISBN10: 1908844019
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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 Annana 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.

Synopsis:

Ananna of the Tanarau abandons ship when her parents try to marry her off to an allying pirate clan. But that only prompts the scorned clan to send an assassin after her. And 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 curse, Ananna and the assassin must complete three impossible tasks—all while grappling with evil wizards, floating islands, haughty manticores, runaway nobility, strange magic, and the growing romantic tension between them.

About the Author

Cassandra Rose Clarke is a speculative fiction writer and occasional teacher living amongst the beige stucco and overgrown pecan trees of Houston, Texas.  She is a graduate of the 2010 Clarion West Writers Workshop, and she holds a master's degree in creative writing from the The University of Texas at Austin.  Her short fiction has appeared in Strange Horizons.

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Candace @ LoveyDoveyBooks, September 19, 2012 (view all comments by Candace @ LoveyDoveyBooks)
The Assassin's Curse is only the beginning to a series that will sweep readers into a fantastic world filled with pirates and magic! Cassandra Rose Clarke introduces a humorous and adventuresome heroine with a knack for finding trouble. Ananna knows just about everything there is to know about being a Confederation pirate and the way of life on sea. However, when she runs away to avoid an arranged marriage her parents have planned, Ananna realizes that she's hopeless when it comes to staying out of danger and away from magic.

Naji, the assassin sent to kill her by her parents' scorned ally, is cursed with an impossible curse which Ananna triggers with a thoughtless action. Their journey together begins as they search for a way to break the curse, traveling far and into dangerous territories. Ananna and Naji complement each other very subtly because they're complete opposites, but they are a perfect team nonetheless. Where Naji is fierce and intimidating, Ananna is actually a little harder to peg. She has big dreams and little fears, and while she's not always confident in herself she has enough attitude to make up for it. Surely, Ananna will be a surprising character throughout the series!

Clarke has created an extremely unique voice within Ananna that sets The Assassin's Curse apart from many young adult novels. Her dialect isn't prim and proper, but that of a seasoned pirate. Though raised among thieves and sketchy characters, Ananna is compassionate and not always quick to judge. She's a conundrum whose story readers will love following. The story sets a quick, steady pace that will leave readers hanging on to the very last scenes for dear life. Fantasy and adventure lovers will be thoroughly sold to this series after just a little taste of The Assassin's Curse!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781908844019
Publisher:
Strange Chemistry
Subject:
Science Fiction, Fantasy, & Magic
Author:
Clarke, Cassandra Rose
Subject:
Children s-Science Fiction and Fantasy
Subject:
fantasy;pirates;young adult;assassins;magic;ya;fiction;romance;adventure
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Strange Chemistry
Publication Date:
20121031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 9
Language:
English
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
7.71 x 5.12 x 0.88 in 0.74 lb
Age Level:
from 14

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Product details 320 pages Strange Chemistry - English 9781908844019 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , Ananna of the Tanarau abandons ship when her parents try to marry her off to an allying pirate clan. But that only prompts the scorned clan to send an assassin after her. And 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 curse, Ananna and the assassin must complete three impossible tasks—all while grappling with evil wizards, floating islands, haughty manticores, runaway nobility, strange magic, and the growing romantic tension between them.
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