Assassin's Heart by Sarah AhiersAssassin's Heart by Sarah Ahiers

Assassin's Heart

bySarah Ahiers

Paperback | May 9, 2017

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With shades of Game of Thrones and Romeo and Juliet, this richly imagined fantasy from author Sarah Ahiers is a tale of love, lies, and vengeance. Laura Ruby says it “will keep you turning the pages all night long,” and a starred Booklist review raves “fans of Robin LaFevers’ His Fair Assassins series will snatch this one up in a heartbeat.”

Seventeen-year-old Lea Saldana is a trained assassin. She was born into one of the nine clipper families in the kingdom of Lovero who can lawfully take lives for a price. As a member of the highest-ranking clan, loyalty to family is valued above all, but that doesn’t stop Lea from getting into a secret relationship with Val Da Via, a boy from a rival clan. Despite her better judgment, Lea’s fallen in love with him.

Then she awakes one night to a house full of smoke—although she narrowly escapes, she isn’t able to save her family as their home is consumed in flames. Val and his family are the only ones who could be responsible. Devastated over his betrayal and the loss of her clan, there’s just one thing on her mind: making the Da Vias pay. And the heart of this assassin craves revenge.  

Be sure to read Thief’s Cunning, the riveting follow-up to Assassin’s Heart.

Title:Assassin's HeartFormat:PaperbackDimensions:448 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 1.01 inPublished:May 9, 2017Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0062363794

ISBN - 13:9780062363794

Reviews

Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not the most captivating read A few interesting concepts, but overall I found the book to be a bit lifeless. The writing style was somewhat dull, I didn't find any of the characters likable, the romance was unrealistic, and a lot of the plot bored me.
Date published: 2017-10-13
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Meh This was all right, but the main character wasn't likable.
Date published: 2017-09-12
Rated 2 out of 5 by from ehhhhhh...disappointed 2.5 out of 5 stars *reluctant groan and unsure expression* I really wanted to love this book! And it wasn't horrible but...it was nothing special. A fairly predictable plot with some cool magic. I normally read books of this size in one or two days but I struggled to read this within 4 days with help from the audiobook. The main girl was infuriatingly stupid. She blames herself the entire book which fuels her rage and desire for revenge despite it being pretty obvious that she isn't sure exactly what happened. Someone will say on page 100 "it wasn't your fault" and then she does that annoying inner monologue that everything is her fault by essentially just being alive...and then on page 102 she'll finally switch to "oh, it wasn't all my fault." The inner monologue and information are almost painfully repetitive. Yes, we've established that you can travel via the canals and no one will know. You don't need to include that EVERY DAMN TIME you're going to use the canals! It seemed like it could've been edited a bit more to help with that. If the male lead, Less, wasn't in the book...I don't know that I would've finished it. The main girl does a lot of things that I just *head shake, exhales and shrug* and muttered "you're so stupid. Why are you doing this?" and then Less would come in and speak logically. I'm not even remotely a spiritual person so the aspect of "you're my enemy because you believe in another god" was pretty unappealing to me (and it kinda the same logic that got our world in this geopolitical chaos that you see on the news). I don't know that I'll read the sequel--if I do, it'll be borrowed from the library. This cover and the sequels are beautiful but the book is VERY heavy into romance while betrayal and backstabbing and such are kind of an afterthought.
Date published: 2017-09-08

Editorial Reviews

Ahiers’s Romeo and Juliet-inspired world of gods, angry ghosts, and assassins is darkly lush, and Lea’s voice is strong and pragmatic, making for a stylish and rich read.