- Page Count: 344
- Release Date: March 4, 2014
- My Rating: 4.5 stars
When Ileni lost her magic, she lost everything: her place in society, her purpose in life, and the man she had expected to spend her life with. So when the Elders sent her to be magic tutor to a secret sect of assassins, she went willingly, even though the last two tutors had died under mysterious circumstances.
But beneath the assassins’ caves, Ileni will discover a new place and a new purpose… and a new and dangerous love. She will struggle to keep her lost magic a secret while teaching it to her deadly students, and to find out what happened to the two tutors who preceded her. But what she discovers will change not only her future, but the future of her people, the assassins… and possibly the entire world.
How have I never heard of this book before? It was SO GOOD. I just meant to read the first few chapters but could not put it down!
The girl MC is sent by her people to live in a cave of assassin boys and train them in magic for the remainder of her life. The story had a ton of elements that reminded me of The Heart of Betrayal — even the master was like the Komizar and the guy assassin guarding her was like Kaden (ok, fine. I might love this story a bit more for those details). And there was a river deep in the caves they could potentially escape through, too. But the rest of the book was quite different! It’s all very:
There’s nothing terribly complex or original, but the story still manages to be super entertaining the whole way through! I really loved it and kept laughing at how I was SO into this book.
I mean, the romance and worldbuilding could’ve been stronger, but it all still worked for me. The characters were all fine, the writing was solid, and I just really liked the whole mystery aspect over who killed her predecessors and how the assassins are slowly taking down the Empire. And honestly, caves and assassins will never get old. Pretty sure I gave The Impostor Queen an extra star for caves + magic and that’s what happened here too.
This was such a fun surprise, though!! I’d recommend this to any Kaden fans (except avoid the sequel to this duology like the plague and just stop after the first book).