A is for Afeared Assassins

Posted April 1, 2015 in A-Z Challenge / Leave a comment!

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Assassin

[uhsas-in]

noun

1. a murderer, especially one who kills a politically prominent person for fanatical or monetary reasons.

2. (initial capital letter) one of an order of Muslim fanatics, active in Persia and Syria from about 1090 to 1272, whose chief object was to assassinate Crusaders.

Origin

Medieval Latin, Arabic

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Featured Assassin:

Ismae from Grave Mercy

Ismae is my favourite character from this series so far. (I haven’t read the last book yet) She’s a great character that manages to overcome a lot of obstacles in her journey to become a bad ass assassin. She was a very consistent character throughout the whole book, which doesn’t happen often. It made it easier to like her. Also this book has assassin nuns. Just take a minute to really absorb that.

“Why be the sheep when you can be the wolf?”

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Summary: Seventeen-year-old Ismae escapes from the brutality of an arranged marriage into the sanctuary of the convent of St. Mortain, where the sisters still serve the gods of old. Here she learns that the god of Death Himself has blessed her with dangerous gifts—and a violent destiny. If she chooses to stay at the convent, she will be trained as an assassin and serve as a handmaiden to Death. To claim her new life, she must destroy the lives of others.

Ismae’s most important assignment takes her straight into the high court of Brittany—where she finds herself woefully under prepared—not only for the deadly games of intrigue and treason, but for the impossible choices she must make. For how can she deliver Death’s vengeance upon a target who, against her will, has stolen her heart?

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16 responses to “A is for Afeared Assassins

  1. Love this first post, I’ve not read this book but I recently finished book 2 of a series of female assassins by Zee Monodee called The Corpus Brides series, very edgy suspense romances. Happy blogging.

    • Thanks for the recommendation! I love reading about female assassins! I’m hoping to read a bunch of books about them and writing a fun post about it. Happy reading 🙂

  2. Sounds like an interesting book; not my usual ones that I read, but I might have to check it out. It is interesting with the though of a nun assassian.

    great start to the challenge!

    betty

  3. Assassins! I get good chills thinking about this word. It evokes mystery and dark alleys and shadows stalking the night.

    I thought the book was good. It’s been at least a year since I read it, but I remember a lot about it. Haven’t read the other two in the series yet.

  4. Kat Morrisey

    I have had this book on my to-read list for awhile now. I need to get reading–especially to find out about the Assassin Nuns!

  5. I actually have an assassin in my book–but he’s the bad guy. But assassin nuns? Now that’s original. (Or maybe not. Would we really know?)

  6. Assassins… awesome. Great start, all the luck on all the letters!

    Welcome in the “A”… as a host I am stopping by to say thank you!
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