The Pirates Wish by Cassandra Rose Clarke
'Will he get better? ...I don't know sweetness' ...these are the words of a kindly old wizard to Ananna about Naji.
And so the story of Ananna and the assassin Naji continues.
Last we saw Ananna she and Naji were marooned on an island with the wizard, Eirnin.
Eirnin is killed by a monster, Ananna is confronted by a manticore just waiting for the curse on Naji to lift so that she can devour him. The manticore tricks Ananna into lifting part of the curse on Naji. Man-humans taste the best, particularly those with magic!
Rescue arrives in the form of Marjani returned with a ship, but things just keep getting complicated. There's blood magic involved, there's unrequited love, there's pirates still chasing Ananna and that's just the beginning. Let's not forget those from the mists and in particular, Echo. ...and Oh, what about the starstones!
Blood magic is tricky and then of course there's the curse that binds Naji. The requirements to lift the curse will need nerves of steel and love unselfish.
Does this episode stand alone? Well, you can sort of catchup but believe me reading The Assassin's Curse is no hardship. Another excellent addition to the strange tale of Naji and Ananna.
A NetGalley ARC