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The Perfect Assassin: Book 1 in the Chronicles of Ghadid (alkuperäinen julkaisuvuosi 2019; vuoden 2019 painos)

– tekijä: K. A. Doore (Tekijä)

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The assassins of Ghadid serve a higher power, dispensing justice in the shadows. Or so Amastan has been taught.Until, unexpectedly, Amastan finds the body of a very important drum chief. Until, impossibly, fellow assassins are being killed off. Until, inevitably, Amastan is ordered to solve these murders. Even worse, the jaan of the murdered start roaming the dusty streets of Ghadid: restless spirits seeking any body to possess. Time is running short, and Amastan must find this perfect assassin or become their next target.… (lisätietoja)
Teoksen nimi:The Perfect Assassin: Book 1 in the Chronicles of Ghadid
Kirjailijat:K. A. Doore (Tekijä)
Info:Tor Books (2019), 346 pages
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By day, Amastan is an apprentice scribe. By night, he is one of the Basbowen family's newest assassins. Serving as the knife of Ghadid, the assassins only kill when there is a contract. Fortunately for Amastan, who is unwilling to take a life, there are no contracts. Thinking himself safe from having to kill someone, he continues to train with his cousins and unexpectedly comes across the hidden body of a Drum Chief, one of the leaders of Ghadid. The Drum Chiefs decide it will be the Basbowen family's job to find out who killed him, and the job passes to Amastan. Keeping this task a secret, Amastan discovers someone is also killing assassins, leaving their bodies hidden so their jaan will run wild through the city and take more lives. It is up to Amastan to discover the killer and survive against increasingly powerful, angry jaan who would also have his blood.

I'm one of those fantasy readers who enjoys the typical magic, dragons, and Medieval setting. Of course, I read beyond that, but I'm always drawn to them. I was intrigued by this book's description, but a little apprehensive about actually reading it. Once I started, though, I had a tough time putting it down.

Far from the Medieval setting, Ghadid is clearly in the desert where the rains come for a season and the water must then last until the next rain season. As a desert city, it's culture was closely tied to the sands and water, but was richly imagined. It's not the kind of place I'd like to visit, but reading the book made me feel like I was there. I loved how well the setting, culture, and story wove together seamlessly.

I loved that the story kept moving and something new was always being discovered. Instead of getting bogged down in the history and description of Ghadid, it was woven through the narrative without being too much or too little. Doore did a great job at dropping the reader into the story and letting them figure things out as the story unfolded without everything becoming too confusing. At the beginning, I would have appreciated some description of what jaan were. I was puzzled for a couple of chapters, but it became readily apparent what they are quite quickly, especially when Amastan came face to face with one. They're an intriguing piece, and I did end up enjoying figuring them out on my own. The mystery of what they are adds to the feeling of fear of them. I completely understand Amastan's fear of jaan.

My one complaint would be that I figured out who the assassin was about halfway through the book. During the first half, I had no clue even though it turned out we'd been introduced to the assassin early on. Something seemed to change during the second half, though, and it felt like it was clear as day, which made me feel like Amastan must be as a dense as a brick. Either that or blinded by his unsettling feelings towards this person. It was a little jarring and somewhat annoying. Looking past that, though, in the grand scheme, it really didn't do too much to disrupt my enjoyment. After all, the best parts came after the revelation.

The whole book is wonderful. I tried to stretch out the reading as I really didn't want to have to think about what to read next, but I couldn't stop picking it back up. Fantasy and mystery mingled perfectly. The setting was breathtaking and, while the mystery eventually lost steam, it kept me guessing throughout the first half. But the best parts really are at the end. If the first two-thirds were great, that last third is just amazing. The story becomes action-packed and I had to remind myself to breathe.

The Perfect Assassin is the first book in the Chronicles of Ghadid series. I loved the first book so much I want to keep my eye on this series and see what Doore turns out next.

Thank you so much to NetGalley and the publisher for an advance copy. All opinions are my own. ( )
  The_Lily_Cafe | Jun 28, 2020 |
Pros: good worldbuilding, interesting setting and characters

Cons: opening felt a bit slow

When the newly trained assassin Amastan discovers a drum chief’s body hidden on a rooftop, he’s tasked with proving that his clan of assassins wasn’t responsible. But the unknown killer isn’t the only danger, as the unquieted jaani (souls) of the murdered are restless, not dissipating as they ought, and trying to possess new bodies. With few leads Amastan’s time is running out, even as he befriends the servant of the first victim and begins to feel love for the first time.

It took me a while to warm to Amastan. The first few chapters show how undecided and hesitant he is, trying to plan things to perfection. As his relationship with various characters grew, I started to like him a lot more. It was interesting seeing the assassin clan portrayed as merely helping the city get rid of bad people. It makes the concept and characters easier to sympathize with.

I was surprised Tamella, his trainer and head assassin, left him to solve the murder without any advice or consultation. I can understand that she couldn’t investigate things herself, but she had knowledge that would have aided Amastan. Instead she simply blamed him for not solving it fast enough despite his having no training in detective work.

The worldbuilding was really good. I did like that Amastan and the other assassin trainees had real jobs to pay bills and keep occupied around their secondary craft. I also liked that they actually worked at those jobs. Menna’s work with the elders, quieting jaani was interesting. The jaani themselves were cool and terrifying. I also liked seeing the healers dependent on water for their work, and how towards the end of the season that’s problematic as the desert city must ration it. Reading characters running across rooftops and down narrow alleys was entertaining.

While I figured out who the killer was fairly early, it was still interesting seeing the story unfold.

It was a fun, quick read. ( )
  Strider66 | May 20, 2020 |
The worldbuilding was deeply awesome and really bought the city of Ghadid to life. Also, I listened to the audiobook and the narrator was great. However, I found the ending of the story frustrating. I was enjoying the fact that the narrative questioned Amistan's (sp?) motives and whether assassins should exist, and I wanted him to have a crisis of faith about what he was doing. But the narrative seemed to bend over to justify him without convincing me why he was right.
  dreamweaversunited | Apr 30, 2020 |
There’s been a lot of talk about The Perfect Assassin, the first book in K.A. Doore’s new Middle Eastern flavoured fantasy series. It has won well-deserved praise for its setting, which takes readers beyond the standard white European semi-medieval tropes of fantasy fiction, and also for its diversity in including characters with a wide range of sexualities, including an asexual hero. The world-building is tantalising, both in terms of the physical space of the city of Ghadid, and in the metaphysical workings of the story. Now, anyone who remembers my posts on Robin Hobb will know that I have a soft spot for stories about assassins, so I should have loved this book, as so many other readers have. Unfortunately, though, I was never quite able to lose myself in the story. Ironically, for a tale about assassins and murder, I found it a little bloodless...

For the full review, please see my blog:
https://theidlewoman.net/2020/01/29/the-perfect-assassin-k-a-doore/ ( )
  TheIdleWoman | Feb 14, 2020 |
Full disclosure: K.A. Doore and I share an agent, which is part of how I got hold of an ARC of this book. But that doesn't alter the fact that this book is a charming and well-balanced delight.

I love stories about assassins, because they're so competent and badass and full of the tough grey questions of society, as you start getting into matters of murder and justice. But at the same time, I am burned the hell out on fantasies about assassins, because it's always just some hooded and jaded smartass anti-heroing around in a same-old setting.

Always... until now! Doore delivers a magnificent, layered, immersive Middle-Eastern-inspired setting where matters of water and religion and family are life-and-death, and a main character who sits in the heart of a society, a family, a network of life, and struggles with the demands of it all, trying so very hard to do the right thing, not flashily, not like a hero, but because it's the right thing.

This book is lovely. It's exciting and gentle, heavy with character and twisty with plot, elegantly written and full of rooftop fight scenes. I enjoyed it so much. ( )
  cupiscent | Aug 3, 2019 |
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The assassins of Ghadid serve a higher power, dispensing justice in the shadows. Or so Amastan has been taught.Until, unexpectedly, Amastan finds the body of a very important drum chief. Until, impossibly, fellow assassins are being killed off. Until, inevitably, Amastan is ordered to solve these murders. Even worse, the jaan of the murdered start roaming the dusty streets of Ghadid: restless spirits seeking any body to possess. Time is running short, and Amastan must find this perfect assassin or become their next target.

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