Friday, July 14, 2017

Review ~ Shattered Assassin by Wendy Knight

When the royal family is brutally murdered, Princess Kazia alone is left to rule the kingdom. But how can she rule when her home has burned to the ground and at any moment the assassin may return to finish the job?

Under the protection of the Captain of the Royal Guard — her late brother's childhood best friend — the princess must flee to protect herself and what is left of the royal line until the assassin can be found and brought to justice. First to her uncle's estate and then to her betrothed's kingdom, but the assassin seems to be one step ahead of them all along the way.

And then there is the captain. With every mile they travel together, Princess Kazia must fight the feelings for him that she thought she had left behind long ago.

Surviving until her coronation seems like an impossible task. But survive she must…

With both her life and her heart at stake, the weak and seemingly helpless Princess Kazia still bears a secret. One that can either save her and her kingdom or take everything she has left.

Jewelz Review~
I always enjoy Wendy Knight's books, and this is no exception. I will admit, I was hoping for a tie-in to the band Shattered Assassin in Rocker Boy, but alas it was not to be. I'm certain there is a reason, but the link wasn't obvious to me.

Princess Kazia isn't what she seems. She appears to be a sickly and weak wisp of a girl fearing for her life. In actuality that couldn't be further from the truth. Kazia is strong, determined, and confident. While she may be sickly, she doesn't let that stop her. She doesn't make decisions based on emotion - and definitely not fear. She has a strong sense of duty and sacrifices her wants for the betterment of her kingdom. 

That doesn't mean she's a robot and doesn't have feelings. Luke, the captain of the royal guard, is one person who definitely stirs her emotions. She's very conflicted, as she is engaged to the prince of a neighboring kingdom. But she can't ignore the feelings she has for Luke, can she? Well, she tries.

Naomi, Princess Kazia's huge wolf, is an unexpected supporting character. I love the relationship between the princess and her wolf. 

The suspense and twists this book takes kept me engaged and "on my toes" throughout the entire book. Of course, I had some suspicions but I wasn't really certain how some of the storylines would plan out and what the twists actually were until the reveal. 

Ms Knight is a masterful storyteller and I can't wait to dig into her next book.

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