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.
Cover art – Sarah J. Coleman Rating – 5/5
I love this cover just as much as the first book’s cover. I adore how the title is what stands out the most, and how it’s hand-lettered. The overall cover is similar enough to the first book so you know it’s a series, but different enough that it’s unique. The title on this one has thicker lettering and some of the curves and swooshes have little lines through them that are so cool. Anyway, this cover’s color is beautiful and simple. I like the high contrast so much. The manticore illustration is fierce and the pattern is lovely.
The Pirate’s Wish is the sequel to The Assassin’s Curse. I love that this isn’t a trilogy – it’s these 2 books only. I can barely describe how much I enjoyed the first book. Ananna and Naji are amazing characters, the world building is fantastic, and the plot sucks you in immediately. There’s never a dull moment with Ananna and Naji, as they’re both strong and stubborn. Seriously, read these books and read them NOW. This is a sequel that is not a letdown in any way. It’s packed with action, romance, danger, and pirates.
- Ananna – Ananna is a truly strong and courageous character. She takes matters into her own hands, she doesn’t take orders from anyone, and she doesn’t trust easily. Even when it seems that she’s getting what she most desires, Ananna guards her heart and approaches the situation with suspicion. Ananna forges her own path no matter what and refuses to look back. She is an amazing balance of strength and vulnerability.
- Naji – Naji, being a member of a group of legendary assassins, still struggles with his connection to Ananna and the emotions he isn’t used to feeling. He’s constantly guarded, concealing any emotions until they are forced into the open. Naji is still wary of others seeing his scarred face, and he fears that he will never be able to complete the tasks in order to break his curse.
- Marjani – One of Ananna’s only trusted companions, Marjani is vital to the quest to break the curse on Naji. Even though she is so important to Ananna and Naji, Marjani has her own reasons for helping them, and her history weighs on her mind. I love how we get to see past Marjani’s defenses to learn more about her. Although Marjani is tough and commands a ship full of men, the queen melts her defenses and allows us to see Marjani be vulnerable and confused, even about her own happiness.
- plot – These books are like being tortured by puppies – wonderful and horrible simultaneously. The curse that is such a strain on Ananna and Naji’s relationship is deeply interesting and makes for some insane and fascinating situations. From the very beginning of this book, the tension between Ananna and Naji is palpable, with every major event shifting their relationship significantly. As much as I want to shake the stubborness out of both of them, I enjoy every minute of it.
- ending – As much as I hated to see the end of this book, I really did love the way it ended. It’s true to the characters of Ananna and Naji, neither of whom would likely ever make compromises when it comes to their futures. Even though it’s the very definition of bittersweet, the ending of The Pirate’s Wish is satisfying. It made me happy because it makes sense and doesn’t let the characters down at the last minute.
- Ananna’s grammar – Ananna’s grammar takes a few pages to get used to. As with the first book, her way of speaking threw me from the start. Ananna has grown up on a pirate ship and doesn’t have a traditional education, so her grammar is improper. Once you get used to it, it does help you get into Ananna’s mind, but it’s annoying at first.
The wind was warm and the air was clean and Naji’s voice hummed with my heartbeat.
And then the ‘Hariri’ fired her cannons.
The ‘Nadir’ jolted, sending me and the manticore skittering backward. Naji slammed forward on the deck but didn’t stop counting. Marjani brought the ship around, side by side with the ‘Hariri.’ – Loc. 1480
“You were going to betray me,” Naji said.
“What!” My face got hot. “No, I wasn’t.” But the lie turned to ash in my mouth and I didn’t try to deny it agin.
Naji looked up at me. I expected anger but his expression was flat and empty. “Yes, you were. I could…tell.”
“You could tell? How the hell could you tell?” I shook all over, staring at him. – Naji + Ananna Loc. 2209
Acquired: bought (ebook)