Top 5 Assassin Books | Top 5 Saturdays

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For this prompt, I’m splitting it between books with assassins that I have read versus books that I want to read, since there are actually quite a few!

Books I’ve read…

1. Six of Crows – Leigh Bardugo

Book cover of "Six of Crows" by Leigh Bardugo

Sometimes, I want to pretend that this book exists as a standalone, since the second book scarred me for life and ruined me for other Bardugo books. Six of Crows, however, blew me away and I love it and the characters and the world so completely. There isn’t a big “assassination” game going on in here, but it’s enough for me to consider putting it on this list.

2. Grave Mercy – Robin LaFevers

Book cover of "Grave Mercy" by Robin Lafevers

When I think of books about assassins, this is the first thing that comes to mind. A group of women who are part of an organization that trains them to be Death’s assassins, basically. I think Grave Mercy is definitely my favorite of the series. I guess I just like Ismae the most out of all the other girls and I think her story is the most dynamic. But way to go, kickass ladies stories! I want more!

Books I want to read…

3. Graceling – Kristin Cashore

Book cover of "Graceling" by Kristin Cashore

This is one of those books that I’ve been meaning to read for quite some time. I love the premise and I am really into the whole fantasy world that Cashore has built here. Plus, I love a story that involves a character’s feelings becoming complicated by the target they’re supposed to not care anything about.

4. Courting Darkness – Robin LaFevers

Book cover of "Courting Darkness" by Robin LaFevers

What’s that? Robin LaFevers wrote another book that connects to Death’s assassin ladies?! I must read it! I am intrigued by this story not simply because it exists in the same world as His Fair Assassin, but because it deals with an undercover story. I love a good undercover story. And have you seen the cover for this book!? Beautiful! I’d want to read it just because of that!

5. An Assassin’s Guide to Love and Treason – Virginia Boecker

Book cover of "An Assassin's Guide to Love and Treason" by Virginia Boecker

Firstly, this book involves Tudor history. Already I’m game. Secondly, the main character has to disguise herself as a boy. I’m on the edge of my seat! Thirdly, a complicated romance between two people on opposite sides! Gasp! This book sounds like so much fun. I cannot wait to read it.

Thoughts & Thanks

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10 thoughts on “Top 5 Assassin Books | Top 5 Saturdays

    1. It’s an overall good book. If the one thing that I absolutely hated happening and thought was unnecessary didn’t happen (at the end of the book, no less!), then I would have loved it equally to SoC. Definitely read it. You might not have a problem with it like me. It’s all dependent on one thing, which I can’t be specific about otherwise that would be too much of a hint. I definitely recommend reading it, still, despite my own problems with it.

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  1. I’ve been meaning to read Grave Mercy for a while now. A long time ago I started it and wound up setting it back down, but I wasn’t interested in the same things back then that I am now. Graceling was AMAZING and I wanted to get an ARC of Courting Darkness, but didn’t get one. An Assassin’s Guide to Love and Treason looks entertaining, but I didn’t realize it was also about Tudor history, which I LOVE.

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    1. I honestly almost put Grave Mercy down. It had a slow-ish beginning. I switched to listening to the audiobook, which helped me, and I ended up really liking it. I received an ARC of Courting Darkness, but I didn’t have time to get to it, which was really disappointing! I can’t wait to read it, though! And yeah, An Assassin’s Guide to Love and Treason totally only interested me because it involves Tudor history, which is one of my favorite periods of history of all time.

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      1. I agree that the slow beginning was what made me set it down, but I feel like I would have loved it. Courting Darkness was one that I tried to get an ARC of, but couldn’t! So I’m jealous! I do love Tudor history, so An Assassin’s Guide to Love and Treason might be awesome too.

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  2. Oooh, what happened with Crooked Kingdom? I just finished it like half an hour ago and my eyes are still puffy from all the crying.
    I do agree though, Six of Crows is something that blew my mind. I was listening the audiobook while working on my diploma. I will never forget it

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    1. I don’t want to be spoilery if someone reading this comment hasn’t read the book yet, so [SPOILER!! Do not read past this point if you haven’t read the book!!!] but Matthias was one of my favorite characters of all time and then he was killed for no reason, Bardugo just felt like he needed to die to complete his story arc, which I completely disagree with. I think she just wanted at least one of the group to die. Of course she picked my favorite character to do so. I almost didn’t want to finish the book after, but it was basically over at that point, so I finished it anyway and now I don’t want to read any more of her books so she can’t do that to me again. Whew.


      1. Ooooh I can understant that 😦 I confess I did not see the point in his death… I couldn’t even mourn him because in my mind I just did not see him dead, it just made no sense. I did though love the book in spite of that. I felt like the ending was a bit too sweet for the overall feel but I was so happy for the characters. I really wish there were more books with them.

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      2. The book was still good, despite that, but I can’t ever read it again, because I just can’t get past that one thing. It still hurts thinking about it, so I guess kudos to Bardugo for making a character who I care about so much that I’m totally crushed by their death.


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