Title: Assassin’s Heart
Author: Sarah Ahiers
Source/Format: US hardcover
My Rating: 3/5 stars (tentative rating)
“Family before family.”
In the kingdom of Lovero, murder is legal. Nine rival Families kill in the name of Safraella, the goddess of death, all while vying for the coveted position as first Family.
Seventeen-year old Lea belongs to one of these Families–the Saldanas–and as a clipper, she is responsible for directly carrying out Safraella’s will and assassinating those whom someone has paid to have killed.
Currently, Lea finds herself in somewhat of a Romeo and Juliet situation, as she just so happens to be courting a Da Via, despite all of the bad blood between them and the Saldanas. But Val Da Via is different, right? That’s what Lea believes anyway.
That is, until she wakes to her home engulfed in flames and her family murdered.
Lea has no choice but to flee, racked with guilt, as she is certain Val has used her and that the Da Vias are behind the attack. Though she’s still reeling with grief, she has only one goal: To find her estranged uncle–the last remaining Saldana–and ask for his aid in avenging her family’s deaths.
“What would I do? The only thing I could do.
Kill everyone responsible.”