Rating: 5/5 stars
Series: Chronicles of Ghadid #2
Publisher: Tor Books
Release Date: November 12, 2019
Thana has a huge reputation to live up to as daughter of the Serpent, who rules over Ghadid’s secret clan of assassins. Opportunity to prove herself arrives when Thana accepts her first contract on Heru, a dangerous foreign diplomat with the ability to bind a person’s soul under his control.
She may be in over her head, especially when Heru is targeted by a rival sorcerer who sends hordes of the undead to attack them both. When Heru flees, Thana has no choice than to pursue him across the sands to the Empire that intends to capture Ghadid inside its iron grip.
A stranger in a strange city, Thana’s only ally is Mo, a healer who may be too noble for her own good. Meanwhile, otherworldly and political dangers lurk around every corner, and even more sinister plans are uncovered which could lead to worldwide devastation. Can Thana rise to the challenge—even if it means facing off against an ancient evil?
(blurb as found on Goodreads)
** Thank you to Netgalley and Tor Books for providing me with an eARC of this book**
Wow. This book. Now, I solidly enjoyed the Perfect Assassin, but this one. DAMN. I had so much trouble putting it down. From the dynamic between Thana, Mo and Heru, to the expansion of the world-building in this well, everything was wonderful and I am absolutely excited for the third book!
I especially loved Thana, now she is a deeply flawed character (my favourite kind!) and definitely made some predictable mistakes, but honestly, that was part of what I loved about her. And I was so into her relationship with Mo (yeah y’all, you found my weakness, it's F/F hahaha). I also really enjoyed Heru, cause he’s just so wonderfully unlikeable and it’s frustrating how much you know he’s needed!
The expanded magic in this book really got me, it was terrifying and fascinating and OMG undead camels. I loved it. This book was definitely not as whodunnit as the Perfect Assassin, but it still had all the wonderful adventure of the first book, and of course Amastan was also in this which one, which I love. Honestly, I found shift worked really well with the change of MC.
Anyway, this one is great if you’re looking for heart-pounding chase scenes, high stakes magic, and undead camels! It’s also got that F/F rep that I love! Also, never fear if you haven’t read the first one, this one does work as a stand-alone (though I would definitely recommend reading the first one as well, just cause it’s also excellent!)
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