Blurb from Goodreads:
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 and their wits. But Naji has unseen enemies, and Ananna must face the wrath of the Pirate Confederation.
Together, they must travel afar, defeat their foes and break the mother of all curses. With all this going on, falling in love would be such a bad idea… All of this and much, much more await, in the swashbuckling sequel to The Assassin’s Curse.
My rating: 3.5/5 Stars – Could’ve been better, but I liked it overall.
The Pirate’s Wish has a TON more teenage romantic angst than the first installment in the duology, but – miraculously – I still enjoyed it. In The Assassin’s Curse, the only fully fleshed out characters are Ananna and Naji, but in this novel, the supporting cast is intrinsic to the storyline. I loved Marjani’s character arc, and the interactions with the manticore are hilarious and fascinating.
The breaking of the final task is pretty silly, bordering on ridiculous, but I liked the ending. Although the Otherworld is never fully explored, the plot thread involving the mysterious Otherworld attackers comes to an exciting conclusion. Ananna and Naji also get a happy ending of sorts. It’s bittersweet, but I feel that it’s more realistic than many depictions of love in young adult fiction. As someone who values independence on a deeply personal level, I thought that the kind of relationship Ananna and Naji ultimately choose to have rang true. I kind of wanted there to be another confrontation with Leila so that Naji could finally stand up to her, but unfortunately she never reappears.
Overall, The Pirate’s Wish is a satisfying wrap-up to a fun, romantic young adult fantasy series that I would recommend for its diversity, worldbuilding, and kickass heroine (even if she is super angsty in the second book).
- The Assassin’s Curse – read my 4 star review
- The Pirate’s Wish
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