Title: The Perfect Assassin
Author: K.A. Doore
Series/Number: The Chronicles of Ghadid #1
Genre: Fantasy, LGBTQ+, Mystery
Page Count: 350
Publication Date: March 19, 2019
Themes: Magic, Friendship, Assassins, Murder, Mystery
Representation: Ace MC, POC MC/Side Characters
“Divine justice is written in blood.
Or so Amastan has been taught. As a new assassin in the Basbowen family, he’s already having second thoughts about taking a life. A scarcity of contracts ends up being just what he needs.
Until, unexpectedly, Amastan finds the body of a very important drum chief. Until, impossibly, Basbowen’s finest start showing up dead, with their murderous jaan running wild in the dusty streets of Ghadid. Until, inevitably, Amastan is ordered to solve these murders, before the family gets blamed.”
Alright, this book came out of nowhere. I will be honest that I started this in 2019 and put it down. The first 50 or so pages just didn’t grab me. Then I picked it up again in February and all of a sudden the story opened up and I was sucked in.
The mystery was fascinating, which I wont really talk about because spoilers. What this book was, wasn’t just a fantasy novel. It was a murder mystery set in a fantasy world with an incredible magic system, history, and environment.
The characters were also incredible. Amastan was a reluctant participant and was such an example of an introvert. It was increidble that his introversion wasn’t a problem, it was just how he was. Who he was, though he was different is what made him special. I also loved that the asexual rep was not questioned or shown as problematic. It was openly accepted. LGBTQ+ relationships were accepted in this world and it didn’t matter.
I will say that I guessed the twist in the end BUT I loved how it was adressed and what happened. It was fascinating. I loved the little hints given as I got further into the book and the ending was unsatifying in the most satisfying way.
This is the first book in a series and I honestly don’t know if I will be continuing it. That is absolutely not because the book was bad, but rather that I adore Amastan and I want to know more about him, but the following books follow other characters around him and in his world. I’m undecided as to if I will continue or finish the series, but I highly recommend you pick this one up if you’re into assassins, murder, and intrigue.
Rating: 4.5/5 Stars