January 29, 2016 by ceresbooksworld
Assassin’s Heart by Sarah Ahiers
Publisher : Harper Teen
Publication Date : February 2nd, 2016
Source : Ebook from Publisher via Edelweiss
Rating : 4 hearts
Synopsis (from goodreads)
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.
With shades of The Godfather and Romeo and Juliet, this richly imagined fantasy from debut author Sarah Ahiers is a story of love, lies, and the ultimate vengeance.
The story takes place in Lovero, a world where nine clipper’s families worshipped Safraella, goddess of Resurrection and …, the King has some power but he doesn’t interfered in Families’ problem. The first family is the Saldana and the second is the Da Via. The Clippers take their job in guilds, they must killed people. Lea is a Saldana and Val is a Da Via, they cannot be seen together because their Families are enemy. All changes when the Saldana are killed and the only left is Lea, the Da Via are murdered her family and she wants revenge. “Family over family”, this means responsibilities of the family comes before blood.
Lea is a clipper; she knows how to fight and how to kill, with weapon or poison. She’s strong, independent and she loves her family, especially her brother Rafeo, he was her teacher. After the night where her family dies, she’s going to Yvain, in the purpose to find her uncle and find help to kill all the Da Via. I like her, when she’s in Lovero she’s strong and stubborn, after her arrival in Yvain she’s hurt and alone. She finds the strength to go ahead and I like that in her. She doesn’t always take good decision but in the end she follows her heart.
I won’t talk a lot about Val but I don’t like him at all, he’s arrogant and not in a good way. There are a lot of things who disturb me with him.
In Yvain, Lea meeting Alessio (Les), I like him, he’s a nice guy, too good to be true. He will help Lea and in return she will teach him to be a good clipper. I find that this character is the most complete; he does not want to be abandoned by the people he loves. He’s an important person in the story, he would help Lea to find her way. I like the evolution of the relation between Lea and Les, it’s not too fast and not too long.
The world-building is great, it’s very developed and we are travelling inside the world with ease. Sarah Ahiers made a great job with this world and this story. For her debut novel she did great with the plot too, there is an end even if there are some questions non-answered, the principal ones have answer. The plot wasn’t surprising and I can’t really tell that this book remains me Godfather or Romeo and Juliet but if you want a good fantasy, you can read it. It’s a fast-reading and the world is well described.
I don’t know if there will be another book but I’ve read it will be a companion novel if there is one.