By: Jay Kristoff
My Rating: 5/5 Stars
Genre: Adult Fantasy
Page Count: 429
Synopsis: 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?
This post will be spoiler free.
First, Happy Christmas Eve Eve! Wow I cannot believe Christmas is already here. Time really flew by. I apologize if my post organization has been a bit off in this review, we had a big storm here and it nocked our internet out so I have been relegated to using my phone.
This book was unlike anything I have ever read before, in the best way possible! It had me hooked from the very first page and I was unable to put it down. The world building is phenomenal and I really enjoyed how the author used footnotes to explain various aspects of the world he created. Plus the humour and sarcasm in those footnotes added a great personality to the story. At first the footnotes confused me as I had never read a book written in this style before, but after the first couple chapters I was hooked.
The characters were also amazing. Mia is a complex and badass heroine (though can we call her that? Maybe anti-hero is a better fit). I loved seeing her evolution unfold and her relationships with the other characters develop. It was mostly a book about Mia (as the narrator tells us in the beginning he/she is telling Mia’s story) but we do get a couple sequences from other points of view. I actually liked it this way, Mia’s story felt like the most important and I didn’t want to be distracted by side stories too much. It was the same with the romance, it was there but it didn’t overwhelm the central plot, it just supplemented it.
I will say this is not a book for the feint of heart. The violence in it is gruesome and the author doesn’t shy away from descriptions of the horrors Mia faces. There were also some VERY shocking twists that were expertly crafted and executed that took me completely by surprise.
Overall I loved this book and I cannot wait for book two! I have a lot of questions that need answering.
Have you read this book? Let me know your thoughts in the comments.