You'll want to read this if you like pirates, assassins, and magic (or any combination of the three). No, this is not a standalone and thank goodness for that. Why? Because I remember creeping up on the end of The Assassin's Curse and wondering how on earth it would end and still wrap everything up. And if I'm being completely honest, I wish that The Assassin's Curse hadn't ended where it did. If anything, I wanted it to go a bit further past that particular point.
As for the characters, Ananna literally gives poor Naji a headache! But she's brave, can hold her own in a fight, and has more smarts than he gives her credit for. As for Naji, he's somewhat of an enigma still. But let's be clear here, he doesn't baby Ananna--not that she'd let him. They definitely make for an interesting pair and I'm looking forward to seeing where their quest (for a cure) will take them next!
The list of minor characters is constantly revolving, but in a way that really works with the story and I'm guessing that we might see some familiar faces in the next book. So overall, I definitely ended up enjoying The Assassin's Curse and although I wished it had been a little longer, I'd recommend it to you--again, if you like pirates, assassins, and magic.
Overall Rating: ★★★★
The Assassin's Curse by Cassandra Rose Clarke
Publisher: Strange Chemistry, an imprint of Angry Robot
Release Date: October 2, 2012
* Received for review via publisher and NetGalley.