Kirkus called Cassandra Rose Clarke’s debut fantasy novel The Assassin’s Curse a “ripsnorting series opener,” with a sequel, The Pirate’s Wish, already in the works. The story features the likable and colorful Ananna, a “kick-ass pirate heroine” who’s fleeing an arranged marriage, with the help of some beginner’s magic.
Here, Clarke discusses the pleasures of pirates, her writing process and inventing believable-sounding curses.
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Why pirates? Did you have sailing or treasure-hunting fantasies as a child?
I’ve always been interested in piracy and the history ...
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