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. (from Goodreads)
This book has: Pirates and assassins and Middle Eastern-inspired fantastical elements! Also adventure and romance and OMG amazing writing.
Why I liked it: see above! Plus, the protagonist, Ananna, is rough-and-tumble but in a way that doesn’t just make her another “strong female character.” It actually felt like I was reading about a real person, and one I very much liked and rooted for.
I particularly appreciated the slow-build romance, too; it’s an important part of the story and of Ananna’s characterization, but it never felt like it was just shoved in there for kicks. There was also an edge of sorrow because at the moment it’s a one-sided romance and OMG THE ENDING BROKE MY HEARTTTTT.
Who should read it: People who like adventure stories with love and honor and woobies. And pirates!
Read: March 23-April 05, 2014