“‘Address me however I look.’ I was both. I was neither. I was everything, but that wasn’t exactly a friendly conversation between strangers trying to kill each other.”
Hey Book Nation,
This review is being written wayyyyyy back in February! I saved it for now so it would be closer to the publication date. This book is a very interesting one and I cannot wait to share why.
My Rating: 3.5/5
Release date: 5th of September 2017
Series: First book in an untitles series by Linsey Miller
Isuue: ebook, review copy in exchange for honest review (via Netgallery)
I do understand why mentioning that Sal is gender fluid in the synopsis will grab peoples attention and lure them into reading this book, and while it is an important part of Sallot’s identity it isn’t a major defining point throughout the novel itself.
Instead what the synopsis should focus on is the action pack, intensity of this competition.
This book can be compared to Throne of Glass or The Hungers Games (while reading the book I even thought a little bit of The Selection) and although it’s far to compare based on the fact this is an assassin competition, to the death, set in a sort of magical war torn world, it does also have it’s differences and stand out points.
I found that this book focused at lot more on the competition side of things than Throne of Glass did and had a lot more deaths than in The Hunger Games (well, more that the main character new about).
With that said I also felt disconnected with the characters in this book, for multiple reasons.
- Each competitor was referred to a 1 through 23. If they had been given names, I feel as if I could have figured out sooner who was who. In the end I only really remembered who two of them were.
- The Queen’s Left Hand, Emerald, Ruby, Amethyst and Opal, were also kinda hard to imagine.
- Every other character was hard to remember
- I felt as if heaps of characters had been thrown at me and I couldn’t remember who was who, what they looked like, what they had done etc
The World Building:
Within the first couple of chapters of this book, expect to have heaps of information thrown your way. So make sure you pay attention!!! There are also little history lessons throughout the novel, so always be ready.
With that said, I do believe there is a timeline at the back of the book, that I didn’t see until the ebook was finished. So if you get your hands on a physical copy, probably have a quick read of it before or during the first part of the novel.
Although the whole assassin, to the death, game theme wasn’t necessarily original, I did find this book a lot more fast pace than those it can be compared to. I actually read this book in one day, a little in the morning, some one the bus in the afternoon, then the rest all night (I’m currently writing this at 12.22 am, 22 minutes after I finished the book)
I couldn’t put this book down, there was always something going on and although I had no clue who was who, I still found it very interesting.
In conclusion: This book is a fast pacing, kinda action packed novel about a thief entering a competition to join the Queen’s left hand. There is definitely some world building in this, however, it was a lot all at once and while definitely require some thinking. It is hard to connect to most of the characters, but I guess that is kind of the point, Sal is disconnected to these other competitors (how else would they be able to kill each other). The writing style is amazing and intriguing.
My goodread’s review is here
Are you planning on giving this book a read???
Until next time reader fans,