Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Books for Children
Publication date: April 2012
Source: e-book from NetGalley
Series: His Fair Assassin, Book 1
Things I Liked:
What I think stuck out to me the most in this book is the intricate plot and complicated heroine. I love the idea (I mean, who didn't perk up at the idea of assassin nuns?) and I really enjoyed watching Ismae's progression from her oppressed home to powerful assassin to compassionate woman. The politics and the twisty slippery villains and plots kept me interested and reading to know just what would happen next. I especially love how nothing is easy for Anne - it would seem nice to have a convenient way out of all her troubles, but she doesn't and I like it, even as I wished it would happen. I suppose that is because she was a real person and real stories don't often have convenient endings. There is so much in this book that I can't even talk about all of it and do it justice (plus the numerous beautifully expressed reviews I've read about it make that even more daunting). But I think the court maneuevering and political machinations were my favorite things. Despite having seen who the villain was well in advance, I was intrigued enough to continue to the end. Another fabulous historical fiction, again reminding me just how much I like the genre!
Things I Didn't Like:
It did get a bit long. I took a lot of long breaks (most of them not of my own choosing), so that might have affected how smoothly the book flowed for me. I was also a touch annoyed by the somewhat convenient and slightly strange way Ismae manages to save someone near the end. Definitely not a book for younger teens, what with the mature themes. Otherwise, I pretty much enjoyed it, especially the parts where she plays the defenseless girl but instead kicks the bad guys around. Never gets old.
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BOOK CONTENT RATINGS:
implied, not described in detail, but it does happen
she is an assassin so death happens, sometimes in gruesome ways
Overall rating: ****
I've seen lots of great recommendations for courtly intrigue books floating around as a result of this book. Anybody have some good historical fiction courtly intrigue books to recommend to me?
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