Published by Thomas Dunne Books on August 9th 2016
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The first in a new fantasy series from the New York Times bestselling author.
In a land where three suns almost never set, a fledgling killer joins a school of assassins, seeking vengeance against the powers who destroyed her family.
Daughter of an executed traitor, Mia Corvere is barely able to escape her father’s failed rebellion with her life. Alone and friendless, she hides in a city built from the bones of a dead god, hunted by the Senate and her father’s former comrades. But her gift for speaking with the shadows leads her to the door of a retired killer, and a future she never imagined.
Now, Mia is apprenticed to the deadliest flock of assassins in the entire Republic—the Red Church. If she bests her fellow students in contests of steel, poison and the subtle arts, she’ll be inducted among the Blades of the Lady of Blessed Murder, and one step closer to the vengeance she desires. But a killer is loose within the Church’s halls, the bloody secrets of Mia’s past return to haunt her, and a plot to bring down the entire congregation is unfolding in the shadows she so loves.
Will she even survive to initiation, let alone have her revenge?
Disclaimer: I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. This in no way affects my opinion of the book.
DNF @ 12%
I know I try to go farther than this with novels but nothing was lining up for this one and I am literally dreading going back to even close it out in my window so that’s a sign from my head that this is not working for me. And that makes me sad. Because so many people like it, including people whose opinions I really trust and admire. But here’s a little more about why I wasn’t loving this:
I liked Mia. Mia is effing ruthless and I loved it. SO MUCH. She was everything you want Celaena Sardothien to be and more. She is definitely an awesome protagonist and I could really see myself loving her. And the plot seemed super interesting as well. A young girl on her way to fuck shit up and get revenge? Sign me UP.
But I did NOT like how it was written and that made me stop reading. It was confusing, awkward and as though it was written this way just to be something ~different~ – I did not like that. The opening sequence was really confusing because it was told twice from two different perspectives and I had a hard time following along and figuring out who was who and why both of these narratives were so important (spoiler: I still haven’t figured it out). The flashbacks included in the narrative are good for back story but also added in in such a way that make me wonder why they are there? Especially with the addition of the footnotes which info-dump like crazy but are REALLY hard to read on the eARC.
So while the story itself and the main character seem GREAT and like something I would 100% like to read in YA Fantasy (or NA or A, whatever you yourself want to label it), the writing and the formatting just aren’t my cup of tea and I am not enjoying it for that reason. Also there is so much effing dialogue that I just cannot handle it. Post post script, there is a scene at the beginning where the main character has sex and she seems really into it and then is like “oh I guess I wasn’t into it because I bled” and I just. Can we please not do that. Can we please have girls on screen enjoying sex? Thank you.
If you read this one, I hope you enjoy it. I really do. However, this was not the book for me so ¯\_(ツ)_/¯