The Perfect Assassin

The Perfect Assassin

A novice assassin is on the hunt for someone killing their own in K. A. Doore's The Perfect Assassin, a breakout high fantasy beginning the Chronicles of Ghadid series. Divine justice is written in blood. Or so Amastan has been taught. As a new assassin in the Basbowen family, he?s already having second thoughts about taking a life. A scarcity of contracts ends up being just A novice assassin is on the hunt for someone killing their own in K. A. Doore's The Perfect Assassin, a breakou...

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Title:The Perfect Assassin
Author:K.A. Doore
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Genres:Fantasy
ISBN:0765398559
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:350 pages pages

The Perfect Assassin Reviews

  • Megan Lyons
    Dec 05, 2018
    3 1/2 stars This was a very solid fantasy. I tend to really like books with assassin's and thieves as the main characters, and this was done well. The world building and plotting were strong, though I felt like the central mystery was a bit too obvious. Honestly, I feel like I s...
  • Chris
    Feb 13, 2019
    I received an eARC of this book from the publisher through NetGalley. From the blurb, "A novice assassin is on the hunt for someone killing their own..." this pretty much sums it up nicely. I was pleased with this debut effort from K.A. Doore, who may very well be an author to keep ...
  • Bob Milne
    Feb 28, 2019
    The cover blurb calls The Perfect Assassin a "breakout high fantasy" and leads you to expect "nonstop excitement," but what we get instead is a detective story in a fantasy setting. I kept waiting for K.A. Doore to get beyond the mystery and into the action, but eventually had to accep...
  • lady victoriana
    Mar 25, 2019
    I'm struggling to decide how to rate and review this. I decidedly did not enjoy it, yet I'm not sure that makes it a bad book. I found this book incredibly boring. Now, that's hard to do, when your premise is a fantasy murder mystery with assassins. But it was. So, so boring. For o...
  • Cass
    Jan 05, 2019
    An artful murder mystery in a fantastical setting! Amastan is a thoughful protagonist, cautious and clever, neatly finding his way through a tangle of lies and secrets that are long-buried, but not dead. The desert platform-city of Ghadid is well-drawn and compelling in its politics an...
  • Lauren Stoolfire
    Mar 12, 2019
    I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. The Perfect Assassin (The Chronicles of Ghadid #1) by K.A. Doore is an epic fantasy novel featuring a reluctant assassin from a family of assassins. I didn't know how much I needed to read about assassins who kill th...
  • Dan
    Jul 27, 2018
    This book is so much fun! K.A. Doore writes the way an assassin creeps up on a mark. Her prose glides effortlessly, leading readers along with clues and misdirection that's never heavy-handed. But I think the most impressive feat was the balancing act Doore strikes throughout. ...
  • Anya
    Jun 03, 2017
    Beta read this and it is AMAZING!!!!!! ...
  • anna (readingpeaches)
    May 31, 2019
    very extremely gay, with a great water (and economy!) based magic system & a cool setting inspired heavily by islamic culture ...
  • Kyle
    Mar 26, 2019
    I enjoyed it for the most part. It?s hard to put into words why this type of story speaks to me; I guess I?m just a sucker for fantasy, conflicted assassins, mystery, and angst. I also can?t neglect to mention the good amount of representation presented in this book: an Asexua...
  • ⚔ Silvia ⚓
    Jan 02, 2019
    A perfect 4.5 stars aaaaaaah I'm rounding up because I never not enjoyed it Also my pre-review ? was 100% correct ____ I don't know but it sounds like "be gay, undo crime" would be one way to describe this book ...
  • Kim
    Aug 20, 2018
    5 Stars The blurbs don?t lie. Those rooftop scenes are exquisite. Amastan is a scribe by day, assassin by night. Or he would be if contracts weren?t banned. Instead of hunting marks and eliminating Ghadid?s problems, Amastan practices with fellow assassins on Ghadid's many ...
  • Amber
    Mar 24, 2019
    I received a complimentary copy of this e-book ARC from the author, publisher, and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Amastan is training to be an assassin like the rest of his family. When he discovers a murder, it is up to him to find out who did it. Can he do so and clea...
  • Sarah (CoolCurryBooks)
    Jan 02, 2019
    Like the sound of queer fantasy assassins? Then The Perfect Assassin is the book for you. Amastan?s family has an important place in the city of Ghadid. They protect it from the shadows, assassinating criminals who need to be taken care of quietly. Amastan has just earned his plac...
  • Terence
    Feb 02, 2019
    Amastan has trained to be an assassin. After completing his final test, he learns there are no contracts and he feels relieved. His relief is short lived when he discovers the body of one of Ghadid's leaders, a drum chief. Amastan finds himself ordered to solve the murder of the drum c...
  • TS Chan
    Mar 06, 2019
    I received an advanced reading copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. A decent debut, The Perfect Assassin impressed me most with its fascinating worldbuilding. It is refreshing to see more and more fantasy releases of late not relying on the more traditional E...
  • Nathan Makaryk
    Aug 23, 2018
    Really unique fantasy world, and a far departure from the usual ?slight-variation-of-medieval-England? so common in fantasy. I tore through my advance copy in mere days. I loved the supernatural element in this world, and how it gave profound and terrifying consequences to the main...
  • Andrea Rothman
    Nov 29, 2018
    I received an advanced reader copy of this book, coming out March 19. This is the first book in a series about Ghadid, a desert city built on platforms, that is terrifying as much as it is magical. I was absorbed by the story of Amastan, a young novice assassin who has reservations abo...
  • Martine Watson
    Dec 05, 2018
    This debut absolutely blew me away. I?m not normally a fantasy reader, but I was lucky enough to get an arc of this book and I tell you, I think it has converted me. Amastan is so tender and believable at the book?s heart, and is supported by a rich cast of characters. The world bu...
  • Leo
    Jan 04, 2019
    The author on Twitter: queer af fantasy! Ace MC! Me, crying cake: PLEASE TAKE ALL MY MONEY ...
  • Sam Hawke
    May 04, 2019
    Fuller thoughts to come but I LOVED this book, with its DEADLY BUT ALSO SOFT SQUISHY ASSASSINS and the worldbuilding and the mystery, it was just a bloody delight. Go buy it. ...
  • Acqua
    Feb 12, 2019
    The Perfect Assassin is the first book in the high fantasy seriesChronicles of Ghadid, which follows a family of assassins in a desert city. I found it a solid, imaginative and very gay debut - but don't go into it expecting a romance. This first book follows Amastan, an unusually r...
  • Ashleigh | Wild Heart Reads
    Mar 06, 2019
    High above the sands, the people of Ghadid are desperately waiting for the end of the season, but they will find that it's not just running out of water that might kill them. Wild jaan are on the loose, a killer is stalking the streets and long buried secrets are being unearthed. ...
  • Elise (TheBookishActress)
    Nov 29, 2017
    a family of assassins, complete with queer characters!! ...
  • The Captain
    Mar 19, 2019
    Ahoy there me mateys! I received this fantasy eARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. So here be me honest musings . . . Now obviously the title and cover are what grabbed me attention for this one. I love me some assassins so I had to read this author's debut no...
  • Keena Roberts
    Sep 14, 2018
    What a great read! Deserts, assassins, clever characters, acrobatics and real evil... it's all here. Also, knives. The wordbuilding is excellent, especially since it creates a vibrant city that's detailed while also clearly only part of a much larger and wider world, something that I r...
  • Mary S. R.
    Jan 06, 2019
    Divine justice is written in blood. Or so Amastan has been taught. As a new assassin in the Basbowen family, he?s already having second thoughts about taking a life. An adult high fantasy series about assassins and the question of whether what you were taught is the right thing...
  • Katherine Riley
    Jul 12, 2018
    It sounds like a clich to say, but I couldn?t put my advance copy of The Perfect Assassin down. The world Doore builds is intricate and compelling, but in a sense that doesn?t even matter. The prose compel one to read. It transports, which only the best fantasy novels do, rushing...
  • Ellen
    Jul 17, 2018
    K.A. Doore's debut novel is spectacular. I was fortunate enough to receive one of the ARCs and WOW. First and foremost, the world is tangible. I tasted sand in my teeth, I felt the blessed moisture in Ghadid's pumphouses, I smelled the threat of jaan. I am so thrilled to (not soon enou...
  • Tessa
    Apr 06, 2019
    An Ace main character that struggles with loyalty, murder, and defining himself. This isn?t your typical queer coming of age story. In a world where queer relationships seem commonplace, a 19 year old struggles to find his place in his family legacy while investigating a series of mu...