All Hanna Euli wants is to become a proper witch – but unfortunately, she’s stuck as an apprentice to a grumpy fisherman. When their boat gets caught up in a mysterious storm and blown wildly off course, Hanna finds herself further away from home than she’s ever been before.
As she tries to get back, she learns there may be more to her apprentice master than she realized, especially when a mysterious, beautiful, and very non-human boy begins following her through the ocean, claiming that he needs Hanna’s help.
UK Release May 1
North American Release May 6
Hanna wants nothing more than to hone her magic skills to become a Witch and go on an adventure like her Pirate's namesake, Ananna. Instead, she is sailing as a fisherman's apprentice to her mother's friennd, Kolur. Hanna helps to control the sea winds with her wind magic. However, Kolur has other plans and forces Hanna to help him on a fool's errand in the dangerous and magical northern islands, far from Hanna's home. Kolur has kidnapped in order to use her magic against the dangerous Mists that he will be fighting. Along the way a mysterious not-so-human boy, Isolfr contacts Hanna and says that he is there to help against the Mists. Will Hanna get the adventure that she wanted? Will she become a Witch?
I enjoyed riding along on this suspenseful journey with Hanna as she makes choices that may affect her entire world. You can really see how Hanna's character develops and matures as she faces new obstacles. It is nice reading about a younger girl character that can take care of herself and take charge when she needs to, even if she makes some mistakes along the way. With great descriptions, Cassandra Rose Clarke has built a beautiful world, even though much of the action takes place on ships, I still felt a strong sense of what life is like on each of the islands that Hanna visits. It seems like we are waiting an awfully long time for something big to happen; but there is a cliffhanger at the end...so we'll see where the next book goes. I'd also like to know more about the beautiful Isolfr.
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Cassandra Rose Clarke is a speculative fiction writer living amongst the beige stucco and overgrown pecan trees of Houston, Texas. She graduated in 2006 from The University of St. Thomas with a bachelor’s degree in English, and in 2008 she completed her master’s degree in creative writing at The University of Texas at Austin. Both of these degrees have served her surprisingly well.
During the summer of 2010, she attended the Clarion West Writers Workshop in Seattle, where she enjoyed sixty-degree summer days. Having been born and raised in Texas, this was something of a big deal. She was also a recipient of the 2010 Susan C. Petrey Clarion Scholarship Fund.
Join the Re-Read of The Assassin's Curse and The Pirate's Wish on Goodreads! This duology takes place in the same magical and fantastic world as The Wizard's Promise. Cassandra is also taking part in the discussion! Take advantage of this wonderful opportunity!
Blurb for The Assassin's Curse:
Ananna of the Tanarau abandons ship when her parents try to marry her off to another pirate clan. But that only prompts the scorned clan to send an assassin after her. When Ananna faces him down one night, armed with magic she doesn't really know how to use, she accidentally activates a curse binding them together.
To break the spell, Ananna and the assassin must complete three impossible tasks--all while grappling with evil wizards, floating islands, haughty manticores, runaway nobility, strange magic...and the growing romantic tension between them.
and The Pirate's Wish:
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