Title: Assassin’s Heart Author: Sarah Ahiers
Series: Assassin’s Heart Genre: YA, Fantasy
Rating: Four Stars
WARNING this book will contain spoilers. Sorry not sorry.
For a debut novel this is just unreal. I have to say that I am so impressed.
Assassin’s Heart is a fast paced, action packed, thrilling story that somehow crosses
fantasy and reality together. Normally in the many fantasy books I’ve read over the years they are all set in a extremely otherworldly dimension this novel however is set in a world that is relatively normal and human, the only difference is the culture and touch of magic that manifests itself in ghosts and gods.
The world and how unique it is was to your normal run of the mill fantasy was almost enough for me to love it instantly.
Sarah Ahiers writing technique is descriptive and thorough, there is not one detail that is left out of a scene whether it be emotion or physical. She’s also extremely suspenseful and in so many scene’s I found myself holding my breath. And to top it off she’s just brough forth some really new idea’s. SOOO many cool things were happening in this book.
Normally I hate books that blubber on about religion and gods too much, but in this book those topics were only touched on where necessary for the story. I also liked that Ahiers made the Gods and Goddess’s real, they worshiped them not because they were a figment of their imagination but because they had proof that they existed. For example Safraella pushed the ghosts out of the city, offered people a way to pass on without becoming a ghost and was able to reincarnate.
Lea was a great character, she was smart and funny and made mistakes yet, but most importantly did not carry the dreaded pet character flaw, stupidity. Her mistakes were human errors not dumb decisions.
I really enjoyed learning about this new world and the way it functions and I loved that Ahiers was able to use a book trend such as assassins and turn it into a completely individual novel. I don’t know if you’ve noticed but since Throne of Glass, there has been some pretty horrific rip offs of assassins and fae stories lately so this was refreshing.
Even though I already knew it was coming, I was disappointed at how weak Val’s character was. He started of very likable and sweet, I was fooled at the start myself thinking maybe he tried to prevent it from happening and is being held captive by his own family but it was made clear that his character was an indecisive, self absorbed, asshole whose selfish decisions had so many consequences.
I’ve noticed something about Ahiers, she is fond of her three letter names, Lea, Val and Les..
I’m not going to harp on about Les too much but he was a strong character and definitely contributed to the plot in a positive way. I think that he was necessary for Lea to grow and develop in the book which I feel is vital, if a character has no room for growth and development, what are we even reading? Besides he was cute.
I really can’t fault much about this book and I’m trying to figure out why I only gave this book four stars and not five and I can’t remember. I’m a naughty blogger and hate taking notes, it kills my jam. But for now I’ll just say that I loved this book and the only reason it got a four stars is because well… I save fives for stories that blow my mind.
I will say though, that Assassin’s Heart ended beautifully, it’s not often that I can read a standalone book and be satisfied with the ending and I’d thought this was a standalone book. I truely would have been content to leave the story with the way it ended because it was touching. I didn’t want it to end because the world and characters are amazing and there is still so much that can be done with it so I was so excited to find out when writing this review that it is actually a series!! yay!
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