In a land where three suns almost never set, a fledgling killer joins a school of assassins, seeking vengeance against the powers who destroyed her family.
Daughter of an executed traitor, Mia Corvere is barely able to escape her father’s failed rebellion with her life. Alone and friendless, she hides in a city built from the bones of a dead god, hunted by the Senate and her father’s former comrades. But her gift for speaking with the shadows leads her to the door of a retired killer, and a future she never imagined.
Now, Mia is apprenticed to the deadliest flock of assassins in the entire Republic—the Red Church. If she bests her fellow students in contests of steel, poison and the subtle arts, she’ll be inducted among the Blades of the Lady of Blessed Murder, and one step closer to the vengeance she desires. But a killer is loose within the Church’s halls, the bloody secrets of Mia’s past return to haunt her, and a plot to bring down the entire congregation is unfolding in the shadows she so loves.
Will she even survive to initiation, let alone have her revenge?
*runs screaming from all the flying tomatoes being virtually hurled at me*
Okay now that we’ve gotten that out of the way let me tell you why.
1. The F****** footnotes. I hated them. WIth a passion. Who even wants to read footnotes. They completely took me out of the story and by the time I finished reading them, because sometimes they were LONGER than the entire story on that particular page, I had forgotten what the fuck was going on in the story. I have to swear. I was so frustrated.
2. His fancy writing was not fancy. Why so many metaphors. Sometimes it felt like there was a metaphor for a metaphor. This completely ruined the flow of the book for me. In fact, there was no flow.
3. Sentences like this made me sigh heavily and roll my eyes so hard they reached my ceiling: “Mia sighed. Took her temper by the earlobe and pulled it to heel.” …what does that even mean???
4. What was the plot? Was there a plot? I skimmed so much my eyes were begging me to DNF.
This just was not the book for me. The only thing I liked was the demon shadow cat thing.
All I can say is… NEXXXTT! (Too bad, that cover screamed my name.)