I really, really enjoyed this!
This story follows Mia Corvere who wants to attend a prestigious and highly secretive school for assassins. She is seeking revenge on those who captured and murdered her family after her father failed to incite a rebellion, eventually leading her to become orphaned and hunted by her father’s former comrades.
This was highly entertaining! I liked the steady pace of the storyline. At the start it was a little overwhelming especially with the addendums on top of all the information that Jay Kristoff was giving us in the plot. I like a nice background and history of the world but this was a bit too much for me. So I pretty much ended up skipping or skimming through most of those and just sticking to the actual plotline.
Mia is a great character. I like that she endured all the trials and the training and yet still managed to maintain her true self through all of that. She is strong, resilient, stubborn and highly capricious but is still kind of naïve at times which reinforces how young most of these characters are. I also really enjoyed Tric as well, I found him to be a good equal to Mia. He speaks his mind when he thinks she is wrong and isn’t afraid to act when he feels the need.
I like that the magical abilities vary from character to character. Some are more subtle and then others like Mia are definitely utilised more blatantly. We really learn more about Mia’s abilities as she discovers them herself, I like that she kind of has to go through that journey to finding out who she is and what she can do. I thought that her abilities were really original and unique and it was interesting to read.
There was a lot of action and gore throughout the course of the book, but being a book predominately about assassins it was to be expected. I thought it added a layer of suspense as everyone is susceptible to being killed, no one was safe. I kind of liked that it was super intense and hard-core and the stakes were always really high, it kept the whole plot moving very quickly and was very entertaining. I couldn’t predict what was going to happen at any stage of the story either so that kept me on my toes as well.
⭐️4/5 stars the twists and turns and that ending OMG!