The Perfect Assassin by K.A. Doore
Series: The Chronicles of Ghadid
Format: ARC provided by Tor Books
Top 3 Genres: Fantasy, thriller, Young Adult
My rating: Set it on fire/ If you have nothing else to read/ you need to read it/Run and buy it.
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Hey guys, back with a little review today for the Perfect Assasin by K.A. Doore, a fantasy that will take you in a world of sands and vengeful spirits! And the third book is coming out this month, so it’s the perfect time to give it try 😉
Divine justice is written in blood.
Or so Amastan has been taught. As a new assassin in the Basbowen family, he’s already having second thoughts about taking a life. A scarcity of contracts ends up being just what he needs.
Until, unexpectedly, Amastan finds the body of a very important drum chief. Until, impossibly, Basbowen’s finest start showing up dead, with their murderous jaan running wild in the dusty streets of Ghadid. Until, inevitably, Amastan is ordered to solve these murders, before the family gets blamed.
Every life has its price, but when the tables are turned, Amastan must find this perfect assassin or be their next target.
Reading « school of assassins » has a magical effect on me: I’ll pick the book right up! That’s what happened with this one. I was super curious de discover Amastan, this new assassin who has been trained and is his family secret weapon… but who doesn’t really want to kill in the end! We follow him while he is first relieved that he has no one to murder…. until someone else starts killing people and he has to save his family’s reputation and find the mysterious assassin. A hunt starts then for Amastan, all across the city, to find who and why murders are happening, but also a hunt into the past, to uncover past secrets that could very well have sparkled the killing spree happening now!
In parallel to this investigation, we discover Ghadid, a city ruled by the desert, that rose above the sand and where water is the most precious resource. It was super interesting to discover this world-building, and the legends attached to it, such as the jaan, the untethered souls of the departed. Amastan is terrified of them and what they could do to him. And poor boy, he is gonna meet some on his adventure, as the deads multiply!
Amanstan won’t only meet vengeful spirits though, but also a young man who starts as a lead to his investigation and end up as a romantic interest! It is always nice to have a main character who is queer, and in a world where it is seen as normal, I’m ALL for that!
Now, all of that sounds super good right? Unfortunately, maybe because I read it after the Way of Kings, I could not fully get into the story and immerse myself in the universe. I also guessed most of the plot pretty quickly (that’s my curse lol), which didn’t help keep my interest.
In a few words
An interesting world-building a character that keeps himself out of stereotypes… I think this fantasy novel could please readers who are maybe newer to the genre and looking for a light escape!
See you for a cup