Daughter of an executed traitor, Mia Corvere is barely able to escape her father’s failed rebellion with her life. Alone and friendless, she hides in a city built from the bones of a dead god, hunted by the Senate and her father’s former comrades. But her gift for speaking with the shadows leads her to the door of a retired killer, and a future she never imagined.
Now, a sixteen year old Mia is apprenticed to the deadliest flock of assassins in the entire Republic — the Red Church. Treachery and trials await her with the Church’s halls, and to fail is to die. But if she survives to initiation, Mia will be inducted among the chosen of the Lady of Blessed Murder, and one step closer to the only thing she desires.
She was atop him, knees pinning him down. His hand on her wrist and her stiletto at his throat. An age passed, somewhere between struggling and hissing and biting and begging, and finally the blade sank home, sharp and so astonishingly hard, sinking through is neck and scraping his spine. He drew sucking breath, perhaps to speak (but what could he say?) and she could see it in his eyes--pain, pain, O, Daughters, it hurt. It was inside him--she was inside him--stabbing hard as he tried to cry out, her hand over his mouth to muffle the flood.
That being said there will be *NO SPOILERS*
This book is so freaking awesome! As wicked as it was, I cried. Yeah, that's what I do.
Mia Corvere aka Pale Daughter - Kingmaker- Crow, is nothing but one bad •ssed girl. Who really knows if she would have ever became that way if she didn't watch her father being executed and her mother and little brother dragged away to the prisons. She was only a child of 10, but she found mercy in a man named Mercurio. He took her in and trained her and told her to go to the Red Church by a certain time so she could train as an assassin... that is, if she lived through the trials.
You see Mia wanted to take revenge on ALL who where there to break her family apart, to take them from her. And she will seek her revenge.
Along the way she meets a boy named Tric and I fell right in love with him. Mia and Tric were allies and a little bit of a love interest. But this book is not about love, this book is about killing for love. Killing for revenge, killing to do what's right and some more killing in between.
Mia and Tric do make it to the Red Church and they have to go through many trials. Many that kill some of them. This is no sweet little school. You could be killed at any time by other kids but mostly by your teachers so you have to be on your toes and never let your guard down. Even then there are things that are messed up.
Mia is a...... and she can bring shadows to herself and sort of hide herself. She has a shadow kitty she names Mister Kindly she also picks up another shadow creature at some point but I won't discuss all of that with you.
I have to say one of the memorable characters in the book for me is a horse Mia named Bastard. Kudos to Bastard for his short while in the book and keeping me entertained by giving Mia hell :-) No, he didn't die!
At one point Mia has to go up for a trial and she doesn't do what everyone expects so she is going to go on a little hiatus. But..... all hell breaks loose and Mia shows what she has in her to be one of the toughest assassins in her world. It made my heart soar and proud of who she has become. Not all assassins are evil you know. Well.....
I recommend this book to anyone that loves this kind of genre and you better believe it's going to be on my shelf when it comes out. I can't wait to read all of the trilogy. Although, I'm afraid to in some ways. This book is NOT a fairy tale. It is filled with bloody violence, torture, etc and so on. Just so you know :-D
*I would like to thank Netgalley and St. Martin's Press for a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.*
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