Assassin's Heart by Sarah Ahiers
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
The book reads like a knock-off of Throne of Glass. I love Throne of Glass, I enjoyed this. But if you compare the two, this one comes up lacking. Lacking world building, lacking character development, suffering from a rushed plot.
I picked this up simply because it was available on Overdrive and I needed something since Playster is down right now. The story was good, at least, it was interesting. I never wanted to stop reading, but between overused phrases and weak characters, there were points I struggled through.
Lea belongs to a family of assassins who kill under the game of their god. This is an interesting plot line. She loves a boy and it is a very Romeo and Juliet story. Which is actually where I thought this story was going ... but it wasn't. That isn't a spoiler, because it happens within the first 30 pages of the story.
Anyway, Lea must bring revenge against the Da Vias after they destroy her family in an attempt to be the best. Along the path of revenge it becomes a holy mission. There are about a billion characters introduced and enough places that I started to lose track of what was important and what wasn't.
Because the story felt like it could have been something Sarah J Maas could have written, I kept waiting for her rich detailing of the surrounding areas, the incredible character development she brings to main and minor characters alike, and the complex plot that makes her stories so fantastic. However, that is all lacking here. The book was great, don't get me wrong, but it lacked what makes other stories amazing.