Assassin’s Heart by Sarah Ahiers

Title: Assassin’s Heart

Author: Sarah Ahiers

Publisher:  HarperTeen

Format: eBook

Publication Date: February 2, 2016

Overall:4.5 out of 5 stars

Source: Edelweiss

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.

 

 

I loved this book, absolutely loved it. Assassin’s Heart was just what I needed to read, it was the perfect mix of Fantasy, Action, and Romance. It started out a bit slow, and I really wasn’t sold on that first chapter, but thankfully I kept with it. Oleander Saldana is fascinating to read about because she is so driven to be the best, but she also cares about her family in a way that is very endearing. I loved that Lea never took the easy way out, even when it would have been easier and safer to just give up. She also remained true to herself despite everything, this was not a book in which a lot of character growth was necessary. Lea wasn’t immature and she didn’t make poor decisions (usually), her only crime was to think that the person she loved cared enough about her to not murder her whole family, and really I don’t see anyway she could have known that it would backfire so badly. Lea did make some mistakes once she got to Yvain, but I chalked that up to the fact that she was

A. Just lost her entire family in a horrific massacre

B. Her boyfriend and his family are responsible

C. She’s in a new city

It doesn’t absolve her of the poor decisions she does make, but it does mean that I can understand her and grant her some grace here. Especially because once she does calm down and gain her bearings, she really starts messing things up. The other characters in this book were awesome, I really loved Les and the fact that he was NOT perfect. He was incredibly kind and wanted to help others, but he wasn’t afraid to be a murderer for hire because the world is just a cruel place sometimes. Les was a character that started off in the annoying category, and ended up in the endearing category. Even her uncle was fascinating even though he alternated between disliking her and trying to protect her. Val as the murderous love interest was such an odd dichotomy. It was obvious that he did care for Lea in some way, but never enough to go against his family. I also loved the way Ahiers mingled the religion and worship throughout the entire book. The gods of that world are not faceless and removed, but interacting with their worshipers on a whole new level. They take an active interest in those that worship them, offering protection to worshippers, and offering priests some real power.  Sarah Ahiers gave us a fantastic bit of writing with this novel, the descriptions of Ravenna and Yvain were incredibly detailed, and I can picture each of them with perfect clarity. I would give this book 4.5 out of 5 stars.

4.5/5 – Fabulous Read, Recommended

**Please Note: This review is my honest opinion and I did not receive monetary compensation from it.**

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“I’d gotten my Family killed because I’d loved a boy in secret who used that love to destroy me.”