Monday, July 25, 2016

The Bloodless Assassin by Celine Jeanjean

- Goodreads Synopsis -
Being Damsport’s most elegant assassin is hard work. There’s tailoring to consider, devilish poisons to concoct, secret identities to maintain… But most importantly, Longinus must keep his fear of blood hidden or his reputation will be ruined. So when Rory, a scrawny urchin girl, threatens to expose his phobia unless he teaches her swordsmanship, he has no choice but to comply.

As if being saddled with a dirty, grammatically incorrect girl isn’t bad enough, a copycat assassin begins to imitate Longinus’ kills and threatens both his and Rory’s lives. Arguments have to be set aside, and Longinus and Rory are forced to work together to unmask and stop the copycat. But darker forces than they realise are at play, and with time running out, the unlikely duo find themselves the last line of defence against a powerful enemy who seeks to bring the city of Damsport to its knees.

"It was always a pleasure to kill."

The Bloodless Assassin by Celine Jeanjean was not what I expected at all. This book went above and beyond my expectations and I was easily swept up into Celine's characters and her world. The Bloodless Assassin is full of secrets, betrayal, friendship, mysteries, and death. While reading, there was not a single moment that I found myself bored or uninterested. This book is one exciting adventure/mystery after another!

My first impression of this book was that it was going to be about a young girl, an assassin, who just goes around town assassinating people. I had no idea that it was going to be about an assassin trying to find his impersonator. Don't get me wrong, yes there was killing in this book, but not as much as I thought there would be. Celine Jeanjean did not write your average assassin story and I think that is what I enjoyed the most about this book. I absolutely love reading books that are different. I have a huge spot in my heart for books that are not the typical stories you read and hear about.

Celine's mind is so colorful and vivid that her characters automatically pop out of the pages and come to life. Rory and Jake's relationship is easy to relate to. We all know how it feels to be used and betrayed at some point in our life. Longinus and Rory's relationship is completely unexpected, and my favorite. These two grew so much in the book, and it was awesome to see the two learn to work together for a greater cause. Longinus us a very deep and complex character, which I never expected. Learning about his background and history with his family and sister blew my mind! I could not believe what I was reading but at the same time, it explained so much about his characters.

I am so glad that this book is not a stand alone and that there are more in the series. I can not wait to jump back into Celine's world. It took me a while to start this book, but once I started I knew there would be no stopping! I really recommend The Bloodless Assassin.

"Death should always be silent"

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