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Dark YA Fantasy | Book Review: Assassin’s Heart by Sarah Ahiers

Assassin’s Heart was a disappointment…

Book Review: Assassin’s Heart by Sarah Ahiers

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Title & Author: Assassin’s Heart by Sarah Ahiers

Genre: Young Adult – Fantasy

Release Date: February 2, 2016

Series: Assassin’s Heart #1

Publisher: HarperTeen

How I Got the Book: Advance copy via the publisher


“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.”

Great Setting, Ok Plot

The main draw for me toward Assassin’s Heart was the really interesting setting. In the world of Lovero, there are nine ruling families, who all vie for the attention of the King.

Lia’s Family is the Saldana’s. As she often says “Family over family,” meaning that her political family and their responsibilities come before blood.

In Lovero, being an assassin, or a clipper, like Lia is actually a spiritual calling. She does it in the name of Safraella, a goddess that protects her city.

That aspect of the story really drew me in with the Godfather like families and the magic of killing in the name of a goddess.

Otherwise…I was let down by Assassin’s Heart. The middle of the book really dragged for me. Lia goes off to seek help and vengeance, and it was a bit of a snooze while also not advancing the plot much.

Then, there’s the romance. I just wasn’t feeling it. I thought it was cheesy and a little too predictable.

The setting wasn’t enough to balance out the rest of the book’s flaws and resulted in mediocre read.


While the unique setting of the book might be enough for some, if you’re looking for deeper characterization or a strong romance, Assassin’s Heart may not be the book for you.

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