Author: Linsey Miller
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Release Date; August 29, 2017
Perfect for fans of Sarah J. Maas and Leigh Bardugo, the first book in this new duology features a compelling gender fluid main character, impressive worldbuilding, and fast-paced action.
Sallot Leon is a thief, and a good one at that. But gender fluid Sal wants nothing more than to escape the drudgery of life as a highway robber and get closer to the upper-class-and the nobles who destroyed their home.
When Sal steals a flyer for an audition to become a member of The Left Hand-the Queen’s personal assassins, named after the rings she wears-Sal jumps at the chance to infiltrate the court and get revenge.
But the audition is a fight to the death filled with clever circus acrobats, lethal apothecaries, and vicious ex-soldiers. A childhood as a common criminal hardly prepared Sal for the trials. And as Sal succeeds in the competition, and wins the heart of Elise, an intriguing scribe at court, they start to dream of a new life and a different future, but one that Sal can have only if they survive.
- The worldbuilding is amazing. Miller created a world that is a cross between Game of Thrones and Throne of Glass. I loved it. There’s fighting to the death, there’s a world ravaged by war, and there’s a group of people vying to be the next Opal for the Queen. Plus, there’s assassins. What’s not to love?
- Sal was lovely. I’ve not read many YA books with a gender-fluid character, and for those I have, they were all in contemporary novels. That’s what makes Sal awesome–they is a main protagonist in a fantasy novel.
- The suspense in this novel kept me reading. It’s been a long time since a book has kept me up late at night, and this book is the exception. I literally had to take a nap in order to make up for all the sleep I felt I lost during the night, which never happens!