Dark Adult Fantasy
A novice assassin is on the hunt for someone killing their own in K. A. Doore’s The Perfect Assassin, a breakout high fantasy beginning the Chronicles of Ghadid series.
Divine justice is written in blood.
Or so Amastan has been taught. As a new assassin in the Basbowen family, he’s already having second thoughts about taking a life. A scarcity of contracts ends up being just what he needs.
Until, unexpectedly, Amastan finds the body of a very important drum chief. Until, impossibly, Basbowen’s finest start showing up dead, with their murderous jaan running wild in the dusty streets of Ghadid. Until, inevitably, Amastan is ordered to solve these murders, before the family gets blamed.
Every life has its price, but when the tables are turned, Amastan must find this perfect assassin or be their next target.
5/5 stars, it’s wonderful.
Thanks to Netgalley for the review copy.
I really loved this book. It’s a coming of age story set in a dry world and Amastan is a new assassin. I habitually give myself 50 pages in any book I start because sometimes it can take me a while to get used to a new-to-me author’s voice. This book has a bit of a slow opening once you get past the first chapter because there’s a lot of worldbuilding the reader needs to know about. But I’m so glad I stuck with it through the necessary scene setting because it then grabbed me hard and fast.
The description is so vivid you can almost feel the sand between your teeth and feel the moisture evaporating from your body into the desert atmosphere depicted in this book. You’ll want a glass of water to hand while you’re reading. 🙂
I love the cultural details surrounding the world-building too, like the theme of modesty that ran a fine wire of verisimilitude throughout the whole book.
And can I just shout about the queer rep? It’s explicit, (not graphic, this book is safe for sex-repulsed aces to read, there’re a few chaste kisses, but that’s it) on page and beautiful. Amastan is an Ace (asexual) hero, and I got strong demisexual vibes off of him. It was so refreshing to see that in fantasy (that I hadn’t written myself). I loved it.
The mystery is well paced and all in all I had trouble putting this book down when I was supposed to be doing other things.
Amastan is my sweet soft deadly cinnamon roll and I want to protect him, as long as he doesn’t have access to pointy things or anything he can put in my tea. XD
Read it, you won’t be sorry. I’ve already pre-ordered book two.
Violence, Gore, Assassination, Familial disturbance, loss and pain