Author: Cassandra Rose Clarke
Genre: YA, high fantasy, AWESOME
Publication Date: October 2, 2012 (Strange Chemistry/Angry Robot – North America)
Source: Publisher-provided ARC/NetGalley Review Copy
Summary: Ananna of the Tanarau abandons ship when her parents try to marry her off to an allying pirate clan: she wants to captain her own boat, not serve as second-in-command to her handsome yet clueless fiance. But her escape has dire consequences when she learns the scorned clan has sent an assassin after her.
And when the assassin, Naji, finally catches up with her, things get even worse. Ananna inadvertently triggers a nasty curse — with a life-altering result. Now Ananna and Naji are forced to become uneasy allies as they work together to break the curse and return their lives back to normal. Or at least as normal as the lives of a pirate and an assassin can be.
☆: 4/5 – one of the most imaginative YA high-fantasy efforts this year!
Review: THIS BOOK, YOU GUYS. This is one of the books releasing this year that gives me hope for the high fantasy genre in YA. It mixes pirates and ninjas and witches and deserts with a Middle Eastern feel to everything and was absolutely lovely. Though there were a few issues I had with it, you better believe that I’m reading the sequel when it comes out next year. “The Assassin’s Curse” is one of the most creative looks at fantasy in YA so far, and definitely makes it to the best of 2012 list.