Top 5 Books about Assassins

The Top Five Series

This Top 5 series is a weekly meme created by Amanda @ Devouring Books.

Each week we’ll 5 book featuring the common theme provided. These can be books that we’ve read, or ones that are still on our TBRs. I’ll note beside each one if I’ve read the book yet or not, and provide a link to my review if I have one. 

Feel free to share your own favourites or give me more TBR suggestions in the comments. 

 

Books about Assassins

 

Red Sister by Mark Lawrence

Red Sister (Book of the Ancestor, #1)I was born for killing – the gods made me to ruin.

At the Convent of Sweet Mercy young girls are raised to be killers. In a few the old bloods show, gifting talents rarely seen since the tribes beached their ships on Abeth. Sweet Mercy hones its novices’ skills to deadly effect: it takes ten years to educate a Red Sister in the ways of blade and fist.

But even the mistresses of sword and shadow don’t truly understand what they have purchased when Nona Grey is brought to their halls as a bloodstained child of eight, falsely accused of murder: guilty of worse.

Stolen from the shadow of the noose, Nona is sought by powerful enemies, and for good reason. Despite the security and isolation of the convent her secret and violent past will find her out. Beneath a dying sun that shines upon a crumbling empire, Nona Grey must come to terms with her demons and learn to become a deadly assassin if she is to survive…

 

Nevernight by Jay Kristoff  (Review)

Nevernight (The Nevernight Chronicle, #1)In a land where three suns almost never set, a fledgling killer joins a school of assassins, seeking vengeance against the powers who destroyed her family.

Daughter of an executed traitor, Mia Corvere is barely able to escape her father’s failed rebellion with her life. Alone and friendless, she hides in a city built from the bones of a dead god, hunted by the Senate and her father’s former comrades. But her gift for speaking with the shadows leads her to the door of a retired killer, and a future she never imagined.

Now, Mia is apprenticed to the deadliest flock of assassins in the entire Republic—the Red Church. If she bests her fellow students in contests of steel, poison and the subtle arts, she’ll be inducted among the Blades of the Lady of Blessed Murder, and one step closer to the vengeance she desires. But a killer is loose within the Church’s halls, the bloody secrets of Mia’s past return to haunt her, and a plot to bring down the entire congregation is unfolding in the shadows she so loves.

Will she even survive to initiation, let alone have her revenge?

 

Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers  (Review)

Grave Mercy (His Fair Assassin, #1)Why be the sheep, when you can be the wolf?

Seventeen-year-old Ismae escapes from the brutality of an arranged marriage into the sanctuary of the convent of St. Mortain, where the sisters still serve the gods of old. Here she learns that the god of Death Himself has blessed her with dangerous gifts—and a violent destiny. If she chooses to stay at the convent, she will be trained as an assassin and serve as a handmaiden to Death. To claim her new life, she must destroy the lives of others.

Ismae’s most important assignment takes her straight into the high court of Brittany—where she finds herself woefully under prepared—not only for the deadly games of intrigue and treason, but for the impossible choices she must make. For how can she deliver Death’s vengeance upon a target who, against her will, has stolen her heart?

 

Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb  (Review)

Assassin's Apprentice (Farseer Trilogy, #1)In a faraway land where members of the royal family are named for the virtues they embody, one young boy will become a walking enigma.

Born on the wrong side of the sheets, Fitz, son of Chivalry Farseer, is a royal bastard, cast out into the world, friendless and lonely. Only his magical link with animals – the old art known as the Wit – gives him solace and companionship. But the Wit, if used too often, is a perilous magic, and one abhorred by the nobility.

So when Fitz is finally adopted into the royal household, he must give up his old ways and embrace a new life of weaponry, scribing, courtly manners; and how to kill a man secretly, as he trains to become a royal assassin. 

 

Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder

Poison Study (Study, #1)Choose: A quick death…Or slow poison…

About to be executed for murder, Yelena is offered an extraordinary reprieve. She’ll eat the best meals, have rooms in the palace—and risk assassination by anyone trying to kill the Commander of Ixia.

And so Yelena chooses to become a food taster. But the chief of security, leaving nothing to chance, deliberately feeds her Butterfly’s Dust—and only by appearing for her daily antidote will she delay an agonizing death from the poison.

As Yelena tries to escape her new dilemma, disasters keep mounting. Rebels plot to seize Ixia and Yelena develops magical powers she can’t control. Her life is threatened again and choices must be made. But this time the outcomes aren’t so clear…

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12 thoughts on “Top 5 Books about Assassins

  1. Poison Study is an old favourite of mine! Even though it’s a decade old I think it still holds up! Red Sister has been on my TBR for ages though. I can’t wait to get to that trilogy, so many people have great things to say about it!

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  2. I am interested to see your thoughts on Assassin’s Apprentice and Nevernight, but don’t want to spoil myself too bad on the books, so I might just skim your reviews until after I read them. I have heard great things about Robin Hobb and Mark Lawrence. Have you read any other Mark Lawrence titles? How is his writing? When I read Mistborn and raved about it to everyone I got a few recommendations of authors that write good epic fantasy and those were: Brent Weeks, Robin Hobb, Mark Lawrence and Terry Brooks. Do you have any recommendations?

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    1. This was my first Mark Lawrence book actually, I think it was a good one to start with because although you can feel a lot of world-building around the edges, the actual story takes place in a contained setting and really focuses on the characters. I liked his writing. It’s quite simple, without too much overblown “high fantasy” description. He tells you what you need to know without getting too caught up in things you don’t.
      I’d maybe suggest Scott Lynch to add? The Lies of Locke Lamora is about a group of thieves but it has incredible world-building and a really complex plot. I’ve heard Graceling might be a good ft too, but not read it myself. 🙂

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