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In the kingdom of Lovero, nine rival Families of assassins lawfully kill people for a price. As a highly skilled member of one of these powerful clans, seventeen-year-old Lea Saldana has always trusted in the strength of her Family. Until she awakens to find them murdered and her home in flames. The Da Vias, the Saldanas’ biggest enemy, must be responsible—and Lea should have seen it coming. But her secret relationship with the Da Vias’ son, Val, has clouded her otherwise killer instinct—and given the Da Vias more reason than ever to take her Family down.
Racked with guilt and shattered over Val’s probable betrayal, Lea sets out to even the score, with her heart set on retaliation and only one thought clear in her mind: make the Da Vias pay.
Nine families who are skilled in the deadly game of death. Lea is a Saldana who is the leader of all of the Families. Not until she her house is in flames and all of her family members perish. Now she must find the family responsible for this traitorous act even if it gets her killed.
This world had one of the oddest religions I’ve ever heard, but okay authors are allowed for creative licences. I just thought it didn’t make any sense. They all worship a God who gives skills to all these families. And they’re allowed to murder these people on behalf of their clients who pay them and also pay the goddess a coin, so they will be reborn all over again. What wasn’t explained was why they were allowed to do this. And what were the factors that came into murdering other people? They believed they were doing this all for their goddess of death.
Then there was the random beginning of a Romeo and Juliet type of relationship which I was all for until it wasn’t. I did not see how Lea could be this incredible assassin when she became so sloppy with all of her mistakes and she would brush it off because she was in the country? Um okay. It was terribly annoying. But then there was sweet and kind Alessio who is also named Les. Lea and Les, I know! Why name the two main characters such similar names? I did like how clueless she is to his charms because the first thing we notice is her relationship with her family’s enemy Val. And that didn’t go over very well. I didn’t understand how she could justify murdering an entire family just for vengeance. I really thought she could learn from it like her uncle did, but nope. Nothing.
I thought there were too many holes and not enough filling to patch them. And that to me makes a disorganized story which leaves me filled with too many questions. I’m still confused as to how some aspects of the story ended up. Especially that ending!
This one had some potential to be a really great high fantasy, but I’m sad to say it lacked in execution. I can’t forgive such a careless character who is supposed to be the best at her job. I just can’t, I’m sorry to say you can skip this one though you’ll be missing out on the sweet Alessio.