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Blurb (from Goodreads):
In the kingdom of Lovero, nine rival Families of assassins lawfully kill people for a price. As a highly skilled member of one of these powerful clans, seventeen-year-old Lea Saldana has always trusted in the strength of her Family. Until she awakens to find them murdered and her home in flames. The Da Vias, the Saldanas’ biggest enemy, must be responsible—and Lea should have seen it coming. But her secret relationship with the Da Vias’ son, Val, has clouded her otherwise killer instinct—and given the Da Vias more reason than ever to take her Family down.
Racked with guilt and shattered over Val’s probable betrayal, Lea sets out to even the score, with her heart set on retaliation and only one thought clear in her mind: make the Da Vias pay.
With shades of The Godfather and Romeo and Juliet, this richly imagined fantasy from debut author Sarah Ahiers is a story of love, lies, and the ultimate vengeance.
My rating: 3.25 of 5 stars
This was an interesting YA fantasy story, with some detailed world building.
I liked Lea in this story, she was an assassin, and she seriously owned that title. She believed that murder was exactly what her Goddess expected of her, and had no problems dishing it out, even when lines got a bit blurred! I did feel pretty sorry for her over what happened to her Family though.
The storyline in this was pretty good, but there was a big patch when the pace just dragged. The world building was good, and seemed well thought out, but the slow pace did let it all down a bit.
There was some romance in this, which started out of the ‘Romeo and Juliet’ forbidden-love variety, but then changed a bit as we got further into the story.
The ending to this was okay, and went in a slightly different direction to that expected, not that that was a bad thing.
6.5 out of 10