WOW: An Assassin’s Guide to Love and Treason


An Assassin’s Guide to Love and Treason by Virginia Boecker

Expected Publication: October 23rd 2018
Genres: Young Adult, Historical
Pages: 384

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An Assassin's Guide to Love and TreasonWhen Lady Katherine’s father is killed for being an illegally practicing Catholic, she discovers treason wasn’t the only secret he’s been hiding: he was also involved in a murder plot against the reigning Queen Elizabeth I. With nothing left to lose, Katherine disguises herself as a boy and travels to London to fulfill her father’s mission, and to take it one step further–kill the queen herself.

Katherine’s opportunity comes in the form of William Shakespeare’s newest play, which is to be performed in front of Her Majesty. But what she doesn’t know is that the play is not just a play–it’s a plot to root out insurrectionists and destroy the rebellion once and for all.

The mastermind behind this ruse is Toby Ellis, a young spy for the queen with secrets of his own. When Toby and Katherine are cast opposite each other as the play’s leads, they find themselves inexplicably drawn to one another. But the closer they grow, the more precarious their positions become. And soon they learn that star-crossed love, mistaken identity, and betrayal are far more dangerous off the stage than on.



  • Shakespeare and Elizabeth! I love a good historical and there’s always something fun about one which manages to work in actual historical figures without making it too cringy.
  • Great reviews. Rachel Strolle says it has Shakespearean tropes, revolves around Twelfth Night and has the spirit and fun of A Knight’s Tale.
  • Tropes. This book has so many good ones: mistaken and hidden identities, a story within a story, disguises, assassins and destiny-style romance.


What are you currently reading?
ebook: Beneath the Citadel by Destiny Soria
Hardback: The Corset by Laura Purcell

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Dread Nation by Justina Ireland. 

What do you think you’ll read next?

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8 thoughts on “WOW: An Assassin’s Guide to Love and Treason”

  1. Yes to all the reasons you want to read this one. They are why I want to read it too. Thank you for bringing this one to my attention, Louise. It sounds so good!

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