Sunday, April 12, 2020

The Queen's Assassin by Melissa De La Cruz - HIGH

The Queen’s Assassin by Melissa De La Cruz, 373 pages.  G.P. Putnam’s Sons (Penguin), 2020.  $19.   

Content: Language: PG (2 swears); Mature Content: PG-13; Violence: PG-13 



Caledon has the birthright of being the Queen’s Assassin, but when he finds and kills a traitor that is covered in a cloak of magic, the consequences land him in prison.  Shadow feels responsible for Caledon’s predicament because he was saving her life when he killed the traitor, so she runs from home to rescue Caledon.  In order to explain herself to Caledon, Shadow tells Caledon that the queen sent her, and she is his apprentice.  Together they must work to find the magical books that are so important to the kingdom.   

I loved Caledon and Shadow’s characters-they were strong and funny, and their relationship had a good slow build-up.  The task of finding the magical books was clear and the plot was well paced, except for the first 3-4 pages of the book in which the entire layout of the kingdom and political agendas were explained.  I loved a few twists interspersed, but the ending is not very satisfying. However, this is the first book in the series, so hopefully good things will come in the next book.  The content includes battle violence, explanation of an amputation, off page sex and make out sessions.  

Reviewer, C. Peterson     

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