Assassin's Heart by Sarah Ahiers
Published Year: 2016
Genre: YA Fantasy
Subtitle: Good (3 stars)
In the kingdom of Lovero, nine rival Families of assassins lawfully kill people for a price. As a highly skilled member of one of these powerful clans, seventeen-year-old Lea Saldana has always trusted in the strength of her Family. Until she awakens to find them murdered and her home in flames. The Da Vias, the Saldanas’ biggest enemy, must be responsible—and Lea should have seen it coming. But her secret relationship with the Da Vias’ son, Val, has clouded her otherwise killer instinct—and given the Da Vias more reason than ever to take her Family down.
Racked with guilt and shattered over Val’s probable betrayal, Lea sets out to even the score, with her heart set on retaliation and only one thought clear in her mind: make the Da Vias pay.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book. AKA I FINALLY FINISHED ONE. There were definitely some high points and some low points, but it was a great read for the mood I was in. Dark, twisty, revenge, action.
I listened to this as an audiobook, and if you choose to read this book there's a lot of Family over family or family over Family (I still don't know which is which) because it was a freaking audiobook. I found this really frustrating. I know it was a very minor thing, but I think I got fixated on it. Anyway, sidebar, nothing against the audiobook style itself, except I found the content confusing.
I didn't really think Lea's emotional arc was really strong though. You can see by the summary that her family is murdered by fire, and while she swears by Safraella to avenge them... that's kind of it. And I expected it to be pretty shallow because of the nature of her being an assassin, and there were parts where I was definitely a little ehh, come on Lea. My favorite character was definitely Les tbh. Where's his book?
My absolute favorite part were the coins, the ghosts, and the god Safraella. SPOILERS AHEAD: skip this paragraph if you don't want to read them. I absolutely love when gods take an active role in novels. At some point Lea does encounter Safraella herself and has a more divine purpose for going after the da Vias, which made me actually want to finish the book TBH. Before that Lea annoyed me a little too much, and I was only hanging on because of Les.
3 out of 5 stars