i received a copy of the assassin thief from new dawn publishing in exchange for an honest review.
the assassin thief review
the assassin thief is the sort of book that you read slowly, savouring every part of it. (at least, that’s what i did).
the first thing i’d like to note here is that this book is about an “assassin”. we have plenty of books about those, however very few actually feature said assassin killing people. while this book is in no way perfect, (she had some softhearted moments), she certainly killed several people just because she could.
i really loved telium. i didn’t at first, because i was a little weary about an assassin who doesn’t actually kill anyone (which was quickly disproven. she’s a badass. and ruthless.)
the magic system is something really unique to this book. while i’m sure stealing someone else’s power isn’t a new thing, it’s not something i’ve read about before. and i loved it.
along with an intricate magic system, we also have an in depth history lesson. i didn’t find anything info dumping, as everything was sprinkled nicely throughout the book. the author has clearly put a lot of thought into both magic and history.
at the end of the book we’re treated to a plot twist. it was unexpected and amazing. of course i had some suspicions, but i was barking up the wrong tree with those thoughts!! i love a twist that catches me off guard like that.
and to finish off this review: while my advanced copy didn’t feature a map (it will come in the finished copy – don’t worry!), i was amazed to find a pronunciation and translation guide at the back of the book. i haven’t seen something like this in a long while, as most fantasy books don’t include such things these days. it was a nice touch!
my only problem is that i now have to wait a long time for the next book in the series ….