Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
A special Thank you to Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and NetGalley for sending me this book to review.
Young, beautiful and deadly.Trained as an assassin by the god of Death, Ismae is sent to the court of Brittany, where she finds herself underprepared - not only for the games of intrigue and treason, but for the impossible choices she must make. For how can she deliver Death's vengeance upon a target who, against her will, has stolen her heart?A dangerous romance full of intrigue, poison and ultimately finding one's way.
I had high hopes for this book. The hype surrounding it is huge and everyone was telling me how much I'd love the romance and all the action. The preface really intrigued me! Nun Assassins! What?! I'm so there. Romance, heck yes! Strong female lead, OK! This had all the makings of a blockbuster book for me.
The beginning was fantastic. I was really getting into it and I really liked Ismae. She is uber awesome and I loved seeing her training and going out of her first assignments. She's totally kick butt. She's 17 and that is really all that lends this book to be Young Adult. With all the issues she deals with she is--for all intents and purposes--an adult. I liked when she got her assignment to pretend to be Duval's mistress. YES!! This is going to be so good! I'm not really a fan of mid-evil language though. Something about it just doesn't ring well with me. It feels like play acting or something. But, I was getting used to it. Then it was just the same 'ol thing happening. They just kept trying to find the duchess a match to marry. Over and over and over. While Ismae did some needlework. I found myself actually trying not to skim the book and move past the middle bit. That's just me though. There actually IS plenty of action going on. I was looking for the romance. Where was it?!
The romance was...good. I liked Duval a lot. I liked Ismae. I liked them together. They took their time, which is always good. I wanted a little more heat, but I'm just crazy over romance. There was plenty! I loved all the moments they shared. Those small inclinations that let each other know how much they cared.
Overall, it's a great storyline. Creative. I know many of you will really enjoy it. Most probably will! This book is filled of awesomeness!
"So.... You are well equipped for our service.'
'We kill people."