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Caledon Holt is the Kingdom of Renovia's deadliest weapon. No one alive can best him in brawn or brains, which is wh Perfect for fans of Sarah J. No one alive can best him in brawn or brains, which is why he's the Guild's most dangerous member and the Queen's one and only assassin. He's also bound to the Queen by an impossible vow--to find the missing Deian Scrolls, the fount of all magical history and knowledge, stolen years ago by a nefarious sect called the Aphrasians.
Shadow has been training all her life to follow in the footsteps of her mother and aunts--to become skilled enough to join the ranks of the Guild. Though magic has been forbidden since the Aphrasian uprising, Shadow has been learning to control her powers in secret, hoping that one day she'll become an assassin as feared and revered as Caledon Holt. When a surprise attack brings Shadow and Cal together, they're forced to team up as assassin and apprentice to hunt down a new sinister threat to Renovia. But as Cal and Shadow grow closer, they'll uncover a shocking web of lies and secrets that may destroy everything they hold dear.
With war on the horizon and true love at risk, they'll stop at nothing to protect each other and their kingdom in this stunning first novel in the Queen's Secret series. Get A Copy. Expected publication: February 4th by G.
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More filters. Sort order. I'd rather say "Voldemort" a thousand times before reading one more book with the word "queen" in its' title. View 1 comment. I received this book from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. Spoilers and swearing follow. It has been a while since a book has earned a not-so-coveted position on my "wtf is this shit" shelf. However, this book earned it by around page In fact, the only reason I didn't DNF this book was train wreck syndrome. A part of me kept hoping that it would get better. Oh, my frien I received this book from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.
Oh, my friends, it is that bad. I was able to figure out everything that I had skipped in about 10 pages.
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Let's talk about why this book is horrible, shall we? Shadow acts one way for half the book, then she magically changes into like an entirely different person. No rhyme, no reason. Her personality just changes on whims.
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Cal, on the other hand, has zero personality. Even in the chapters he narrates, there's nothing. You could replace the character with a piece of wood and no one would notice the different. Which I love. I love knowing how both or multiple characters are feeling or what they are thinking. It is very jarring to immerse yourself in one character's thoughts or feelings and then to turn the digital page and suddenly be referring to the character de chapitre by their damn name.
Every time it happened, I was thrown out of my reading headspace and had to re-acclimate myself. And it happened a lot. Isn't a plot twist for anyone who's read a YA fantasy in the last 5 years. Also, comparing this book to Maas' work is an insult of the highest caliber. They have zero chemistry together.
Honestly, the story would have been a lot better it not be included and let these two be epic bffs or something. The pacing is super weird; ridiculously fast in some spots and then maddeningly slow in others.
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There's random inserts of history and stories about Renovia in the middle of the novel that really throw off the pace really, de la Cruz, you couldn't have figured out a better way to work those in? This book just doesn't work. I know I'm one of the first negative reviews on this book as it doesn't get published for another 6 months, but I know I won't be the last.
But there are better ones out there. Save yourself the headache and stay far, far away from this one.
Oct 10, Hailee rated it it was amazing Shelves: favorites. I was given an advance reading copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I think this book started off a bit confusing, but around chapter ten everything started to come together. I could not put this book down.
I adored the characters, the world, the romance, and the twists and turns that kept the story so interesting. This book was I was given an advance reading copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This book was an emotional roller coaster and the end left me on a bit of shaken ground, which is why I am very eager for the next book hoping and assuming there will be one.
Overall, this is quite possibly my favorite book that I have read this year. I've been burned by this author a few times so here's just hoping she actually finishes this newest series :P. View all 8 comments. Sep 27, Cat rated it it was amazing. As someone who went through middle and high school reading the Blue Bloods series, to see this new book by Cruz waiting for me, I was immediately struck by the need to sit down and read it all the way through. Which I absolutely ended up doing, and I don't regret at all.
Cruz has the innate ability to build a world that you have no trouble believing in, with romances that rock your world. You need to see them live happily ever after right from the get go and yet she's prepared to make them suffe As someone who went through middle and high school reading the Blue Bloods series, to see this new book by Cruz waiting for me, I was immediately struck by the need to sit down and read it all the way through. You need to see them live happily ever after right from the get go and yet she's prepared to make them suffer along the way in some of the worst ways possible.
The Queen's Assassin is no different, and honestly you can see how much the rest of her work has built up to this epic fantasy. This was only the introduction to this world and this story, and she has so much more left to unlock. I hope I'm reading this series for many years to come, because of how utterly captivating it all is. Melissa de la Cruz, you've snatched me up again, and left me feeling as forlorn and excited as I was every time I finished a Blue Bloods book as a preteen.
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