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An ebook original short story set before The Assassin's Curse.You’ve read The Assassin’s Curse. You’ve met Naji. Now go back in time and see Naji in his earlier years, as he seeks a target and ends up clashing with Leila, the river witch....

Title : The Witch's Betrayal
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ISBN : 9781908844729
Format Type : ebook
Number of Pages : 28 Pages
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The Witch's Betrayal Reviews

  • Nina
    2019-03-27 09:23


  • Jen (The Starry-Eyed Revue)
    2019-03-10 04:36

    Oh, my poor Naji.  It's no wonder he seems so hard and distant in The Assassin's Curse.  He's suffered, been betrayed by someone close, and he believes he's becoming the monster everyone already sees him as.  I knew there was more to him, but now I think I have a better understanding of his character and therefore a better understanding of his intentions.All the while Ananna was taunting Naji in The Assassin's Curse, you could see that he was truly hurt and disparaged by some of the comments she made.  It took time for her to see the man beneath the cold, calculating exterior of an assassin.  I could tell he wasn't what he seemed from the moment they met, but getting this peek at who he was before their encounter cemented my earlier impressions of him.If you were as intrigued by Naji as I was, I definitely recommend picking up this short story.  And if you despised Leila as I did in The Assassin's Curse, you'll definitely enjoy seeing her put in her place in this prequel story.  I'm hoping Ananna will one day learn the history between these two and know that although she may not be stunning like Leila, she is still a far better woman, even if she is a pirate.  :)This review can also be found at The Starry-Eyed Revue as part of my Short Story Sundays series.

  • Dani
    2019-03-15 07:28

    Oh, Naji... le sigh...Fantastic and meaty little short story -- narrated by Naji -- that gives the reader extra background info about his relationship with the river witch Leila as well as just being a great little character-development piece. Was wonderful to be reminded just how lovely and sophisticated Clarke's writing style is, and also to be reminded just how much I love Naji's complexities and internal conflict. I cannot WAIT for The Pirate's Wish!

  • Dyanna
    2019-03-22 06:39

    The Witch's Betrayal is a short story that takes place before the main story and is told from Naji's point of view. The main focus of this short story is how Naji obtained that scar on the left face and in a way it lets us the readers find more about his character and his relationship with Leila.

  • Angelica
    2019-03-18 06:20

    OMG!!! Naji I love you!!!! He was definitely on my list of book boyfriends back in The Assassin's Curse but now he has gone to my top ten. It makes me sad that he seems to have such a low self esteem and a bit of self hatred and yet he is such a good person. He deserves someone to love him for who and what he is and also despite of what he looks like. This is why he and Ananna are a good pair, she doesn't see a monster inside or outside of him. Oh and Leila, you can go jump of a bridge. Better yet, go jump into the fire yourself you horrible, heartless person. Can't wait for The Pirate's Wish!!!!

  • Azbaqiyah
    2019-02-26 07:29

    ~♥~ Naji ~♥~~♥~ I think I just found a new man! ~♥~

  • Asia
    2019-03-03 02:35

    3.5 starsWell, now we know how he got his scars.

  • Rahaf Alghamdi
    2019-02-26 08:40

    5/5 I just randomly really missed Naji :///

  • jordan
    2019-03-23 08:11

    I am so grateful for this little short story. While reading The Assassin's curse, I was craving something, anything, from Naji's point of view. After reading The Witch's Curse, I love Naji even more and officially hate Leila. LEILA. The conniving, self centered asshat. I'm glad we were able to learn the story behind Naji's scars, as I was extremely curious throughout the entire first book. It was also interesting to see Naji actually completing his job. It now makes more sense as to why Naji was hesitant in killing Ananna.

  • A Voracious Reader (a.k.a. Carol)
    2019-03-10 01:11

    3.5*Book source ~ Purchased at AmazonNaji is an assassin and the target he’s after has been aided by Leila the river witch. Forced to get creative in his tracking he ends up paying a huge price for his diligence.Not having read The Assassin’s Curse series this short tale is interesting enough that I really want to dive into it and see what Naji’s future holds. I can’t say I like Leila, but then again, she’s trying to survive. And Naji’s creative tracking, while finding him his target, ends up costing him dearly. I’m looking forward to reading more.

  • Bethzua
    2019-03-18 03:25

    Ay, pobre Naji. Aunque tiene un pasado muy triste, me encantó poder indagar en él. Desde que comencé los libros me había dejado intrigada este personaje, y ahora que pude saber más de él, comprendí muchas de sus reacciones y razones para actuar como lo hizo en la historia principal. Es una lástima que esta novella haya sido demasiado corta, pues la narrativa de Clarke es maravillosa.

  • Tiara
    2019-03-06 06:26

    It was disappointing, not going to lie. I know it's a novella but it's extremely short. I mean, it does the job of filling in the blanks of this guy that's supposed to be mysterious but there's nothing shocking here. Everything that happens, you could pretty much have guessed from the first novel so I just didn't really see what the purpose of the novella was... Maybe it's just me. Maybe I'm disappointed because the POV narration isn't as unique as it was in the Assassin's Curse. But really there's no big revelation here, at least not for me. I might have felt like it was a waste of time if it had taken me longer than 30 minutes or so.

  • Amy
    2019-03-12 08:34

    Oh, poor poor Naji. I just want to cuddle him, gah. It was really interesting getting to read this short story from his perspective. It let you see how he got damaged the way he is, and makes you realize how hurtful some of the things Ananna said to him in The Assassin's Curse might have actually hurt him. And Leila, ugh. It was interesting seeing her from Naji's perspective, but I still don't like her. Especially after the way she betrayed him, and didn't want to be with him anymore once he was disfigured. UGH.

  • Lara
    2019-03-27 08:27

    Excellent prequel to The Assassin's Curse, telling the story of Naji's disfigurement and where things went wrong with Leila. I'm soooooo looking forward to the second full-length book in this series; something about this world and the characters just really grabbed me. Hurry up, June!

  • Wyatt Packard
    2019-03-26 01:33

    Naji expects his next mission to go quickly, but then he discovers his old flame Leila is involved. The story itself is very short and makes an effort to cover alot of ground in a very short ammount of time. The Witch's Betrayal sheds some light on Naji's past, which I did enjoy but a few things are not very clear at points. This story does add a few world building elements and if interested should be read after Assassin's Curse.

  • Eng
    2019-03-11 03:34

    Guao. Me sorprende lo mucho que me ha gustado esta historia corta. Es verdad que se escurre entre los dedos como la arena de la playa, se acaba de un momento a otro, pero nos permite conocer un poco mas de Naji, no deja entender un poco mas su personaje, su fortaleza y su debilidad. Excelente historia de verdad. Me ha encantado.

  • Ahnya
    2019-03-01 09:15

    Just a short novella to go along with the Assassin's Curse Duo. It is a story about one of Naji's assignments before he meets Ananna. Provides a little more background on Naji, and a little more color in this beautiful world Clarke created.

  • Lima
    2019-03-17 02:28

    Kinda disappointing. This novella would have been better had it been a bit longer, just a little bit, to get a glimpse of what is really important about Naji, not just how he got his burn scar but how he felt about it and how much it hurt him and changed him inside.

  • Shambhawi P.
    2019-03-06 01:39

    A great, short read. Gives us better insight into Naji and his insecurities and how he got the scars. It also shows us a particularly venomous side of Leila, whom we met in first book briefly.But truly, this raises more questions about the Assassins' blood magic than it answers them.

  • Lucia
    2019-03-02 09:22

    Cuenta como Naji obtuvo sus cicatrices, y muestra un poco más de su relación con Leila. Tiene una trama y un poco de accion y misterio, que es más de lo que puedo decir de muchas de las historias cortas que estuve leyendo, así que se merece mas estrellas.

  • Anastasia
    2019-03-08 09:11

    It was okay. It was kinda nice to read from Naji's perspective, but the story was too short to care. I thought we'd know more about him and Leila, but we just got to see one fifth of their relationship. Though I probably shouldn't've expected much from the short story.

  • ekarifin
    2019-03-11 06:24

    Well, I don't like Leila and this short story just makes me hate her more.e

  • Natalie Snow
    2019-03-12 08:32

    As good as The Assassin´s Curse. Wish it was longer though.I like Leila even less now. Which wasn´t high to begin with. But Naji, come here!

  • Melvina Kelmendi
    2019-03-07 08:18

    ohh :(

  • Aileen
    2019-03-15 04:29

    Just more of making me want to SLAP Leila.

  • Grace Troxel
    2019-03-09 03:23

    This review originally appeared on my blog, Books Without Any Pictures: Witch’s Betrayal is a short story set in the same world as Cassandra Rose Clarke’s The Assassin’s Curse duology. One of the main characters in The Assassin’s Curse is Naji, an assassin who wields powerful blood magic to hunt down his prey. In the previous books, Clarke mentions that Naji’s face is heavily scarred, but doesn’t go into any detail as to why. The Witch’s Betrayal tells the story of how Naji acquired his scars and reveals additional insights into his relationship with the witch Leila.One day, Naji is given an assassination assignment that’s supposed to be routine. It turns out to be much more difficult than anticipated. Naji is seeking a man who is the epitome of evil and leaves a trail of dead prostitutes in his wake. This is a man who won’t hesitate to use dark magic to hide himself from pursuit. Naji has to practice dangerous magic of his own if he wants to track down his quarry, but this magic comes at a cost…It was so interesting to get more insight into Naji and Leila’s relationship. In The Assassin’s Curse, we can see that Leila isn’t a very nice person (narcissistic bitch is my preferred description), but that Naji has had a history with her and still hasn’t gotten over it.The Witch’s Betrayal also gives us a chance to see Naji acting within his profession and to get an idea of his motivations. We see the assassins as more than just killers–they are more like the MI6 of this fantasy world, and are used to stop wars before they can start. Recently the assassins have fallen upon hard times and are more like traditional mercenaries, but this particular assignment gives Naji a chance to fulfill his original purpose, and the fact that he is being sent to right a great injustice drives him to stop at nothing until his mission has been accomplished.

  • Ashley Ferguson
    2019-03-14 09:36

    I really liked The Assassin's Curse, and I really liked Naji. And this story really just made me like him even more. Clark does a really excellent job of portraying Naji as an assassin with a conscience, which I can't imagine is very easy to do.In The Assassin's Curse, I was really interested in the history between Leila and Naji, and this short story pretty much answered all of the questions I had there! Plus, you get to learn how his face becomes scarred. I thought it was actually very noble, and I did not like Leila's reaction (although I kind of expected it). It's really interesting to learn so much about her even though she's only present for a few pages. It will be really interesting to see if she makes another appearance in the rest of the series, since I think she's just as intriguing as Naji and Ananna, and I'm glad we got to see more of her.The world building is also excellent, even though this was just a short story. Anyone who has read The Assassin's Curse is already familiar with Naji's world, but I think this story adds quite a bit more depth to it. Seeing Naji use his magic, and travel in the shadows, is pretty cool. I can't wait for The Pirate's Wish, and I really hope it includes some chapters from Naji's point of view! I would definitely recommend this story to any fans of The Assassin's Curse. And if you haven't read that book yet... If you like pirates, magic, desert-like fantasy lands, assassins, mystery, or any combination of these things, you should definitely pick up both! A strong 4/5 here.

  • Amy Acosta
    2019-02-26 06:14

    A fantastic short story from Naji’s POV that shows his relationship to Leila, the river witch, and the events leading to the scarring of his face. One of the things I love about Naji is his internal conflicts. Here it’s even more evident that Naji is slightly bothered by the fear people feel and show when they see him. And this is before his face is burned, so just imagine the issues he has with it in The Assassin’s Curse, where people fear him not just for his profession but for his appearance. Oh, Naji! I just want to tackle you into a hug and never let you go!We also get a bit of world-building in here. I loved that we get a description of what Naji feels while he’s traveling through the shadows. It was such a nice detail to add. And we get more information about the kind of magic assassins use and how they use it. Overall, a great addition to The Assassin’s Curse world!

  • Zara Khan
    2019-03-06 05:15

    This book is about Naji's past and based on his P.O.Vbest of both worlds right?who doesn't want to know about his scare and want to take a sneak peek into workings of the brain of the Broody,Dark AssassinThough this book is very sad (I knew it would be since it would be dealing with his past and the scar) Naji had landed in my top ten Y.A boyfriends list And Liela.....just when I thought I couldn't hate her more for the way she treated Naji in the first book,Assassin's curse she had to prove me wrong

  • Cristal (Professional Book Procrastinator)
    2019-03-02 01:18

    Review on The Life & Times BlogThe Witch’s Betrayal is a short story involving Naji before he met Ananna in The Assassin’s Curse. During this point in time he is trying to complete an assignment to kill Lisim Sarr, a dangerous man who practices powerful dark magic. While he is in search of Lisim, he crosses paths with Leila, the river witch. He soon discovers that this assignment is not as simple as he once thought and to accomplish his goal he will need to utilize more than just his magic skills. This story gives the reader a little more background on Naji as well as shows the complexity of his relationship with Leila. I enjoyed it a lot.