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?
This novel had a bit of a rocky start and I really thought about giving up on it a few times. The writing was pretty flowery and changed a lot. Plus there were a ton of things that the reader doesn’t understand because nothing is really explained about our main character or the setting or the storyline. I do have to say that once our main girl Mia gets into the training portion of the book it gets much better.
Once Mia was in training to be an assassin the story started to get cut-throat and relationships and bonds started to form. I really loved how Mia was able to connect with certain characters in the story even though she had a distant personality. I loved seeing the trials and spells that the class had to do in order to make it through and get more points in the game to be the top.
I don’t want to say too much about this book because to me the trials and secrets between the students was the best part and I don’t want to give any of it away. I will say the magic was dark and a little creepy and that added to the dark setting this book had. I really loved how far Kristoff pushed all of the characters because it bought out the best in Mia and the other main characters. There were even several scenes were you didn’t know who was going to live and who would die.
I think the height of this novel was the ending and now I’m really excited to see where this goes in the rest of the series. I think this series has promise and if I were you I would stick with this novel because it gets interesting in the second half. The writing can be difficult at times but after a while you get into it.