The Assassin’s Curse

The Assassin’s Curse and The Pirate’s Wish will be released as one volume by Saga Press under the name Magic of Blood and Sea on February 7, 2017. Preorder here!

“Clarke’s debut harkens back to the best in fantasy/adventure, offering rock-solid worldbuilding, satisfyingly perilous obstacles and a protagonist whose charismatic ’tude goes way beyond spunk.” – Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

Named one of the Best Teen Books of 2012 by Kirkus Reviews

Nominated for YALSA’s 2014 Best Fiction for Young Adults

Selected for The Spirit of Texas Reading Program–High School

Selected as one of YALSA’s 2014 Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Readers

Published by Strange Chemistry
US Release: October 2, 2012 | UK Release: October 4, 2012
ISBN: 978-1-908844-01-9
Ebook ISBN: 978-1-908844-02-6

Ananna of the Tanarau abandons ship when her parents try to marry her off to an allying pirate clan: she wants to captain her own boat, not serve as second-in-command to her handsome yet clueless fiance. But her escape has dire consequences when she learns the scorned clan has sent an assassin after her.

And when the assassin, Naji, finally catches up with her, things get even worse. Ananna inadvertently triggers a nasty curse — with a life-altering result. Now Ananna and Naji are forced to become uneasy allies as they work together to break the curse and return their lives back to normal. Or at least as normal as the lives of a pirate and an assassin can be.

I ain’t never been one to trust beautiful people, and Tarrin of the Hariri was the most beautiful man I ever saw. You know how in the temples they got those paintings of all the gods and goddesses hanging on the wall above the row of prayer-candles? And you’re supposed to meditate on them so as the gods can hear your request better? Tarrin of the Hariri looked just like one of those paintings. Read more.

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“Unique, heart-wrenching, full of mysteries and twists!” – Tamora Pierce, author of the Circle of Magic books

“Its fluid prose, naturalistic dialogue and pace make The Assassin’s Curse supremely readable. And in Ananna, the young offspring of pirate stock, we have a heroine both spirited and memorable.” – Stan Nicholls, author of the Orcs: First Blood trilogy

“An inventive debut with a strong narrative voice, a glimpse of an intriguing new world.” – Adrian Tchaikovsky, author of the Shadows of the Apt series

“Ananna of Tanarau is a delightfully irascible heroine, inhabiting a fascinating and fresh new world that I would love to spend more time in. Pirate ships? Camels? Shadow dwelling assassins? Yes please! Can I have some more?” – Celine Kiernan, author of the Moorhawke trilogy

“Inventive and individual storytelling about engaging and intriguing characters.” – Juliet E McKenna, author of The Tales of Einarinn series

“An exciting and original YA novel with magic, pirates, myth and adventure, The Assassin’s Curse will hook you in and keep you tugging on the line for the next book in Clarke’s series.” – Serena Chase, USA Today

“An enjoying, compelling read with a strong and competent narrator … a highly satisfying adventure.” – SFX Magazine


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