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 again, seeking what seems to be beyond their reach.
Unfortunately, Naji has enemies from the shadowy world known as the Mists, and Ananna must still face the repercussions of going up against the Pirate Confederation. Together, Naji and Ananna must break the curse, escape their enemies — and come to terms with their growing romantic attraction.
The Pirate's Wish is everything book two should be. When I read an ARC of The Assassin's Curse last year, I wanted (needed) book two right away. And waiting this long, I was nervous on how the story will play itself out, considering this is a duology and there will only be two books. I was not disappointed.
The Pirate's Wish picks up where The Assassin's Curse left us begging for more. Ananna and Naji are stranded, trying to survive and figure out how in the world they're supposed to break the curse and complete the three impossible tasks. I really wish everyone has read this book already so I can speak freely and discuss all the fine points of the book, but I'm not a fan of spoilers so I won't do that to you, my dear readers.
However, I will talk about Ananna and Naji. Oh, those two. So frustrating. So exciting. The whole time reading this book I had to keep myself from hugging it to throwing it against the wall. Figuratively speaking, of course. I was reading this on my iPad. Either way, Cassandra did a fantastic job with those two. Each is so developed, unique, and at times broken, that you can't help but cheer them on throughout the book. I loved Ananna as the main character. There was so much that girl had to go through, so much she had to learn about herself and the world around her. And kick some serious butt in the process. On the other side was Naji, who deserved to be kicked a few times, but still is plenty swoon worthy. I liked how he wasn't your typical main boy character.
Overall, this book was a great follow up to The Assassin's Curse and I'm sad to see the series end. Cassandra created a world that's full of danger and magic, full of self discovery and real heroism. I highly recommend reading this duology and discovering this world for yourself.
The Pirate's Wish is out June 18, 2013! Get it, read it, love it!