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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Sarah Ahiers Narrator: Khristine Hvam Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2016 ISBN: 9780062447241
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With shades of Game of Thrones and Romeo and Juliet, this richly imagined fantasy from debut author Sarah Ahiers is a tale of love, lies, and vengeance. Fans of Kristin Cashore and Rae Carson will devour the flawlessly crafted action and inventive world building.

Seventeen-year-old Lea Saldana is a trained assassin. She was born into one of the nine clipper Families in the kingdom of Lovero who lawfully take lives for a price. As a member of the highest-ranking clan, loyalty to Family is valued above all, but that doesn’t stop Lea from getting into a secret relationship with Val Da Via, a boy from a rival clan. Despite her better judgment, Lea has fallen in love with him; but she’s confident she can anticipate any threat a mile away.

Then she awakens one night to a house full of smoke. Although she narrowly escapes, she isn’t able to save her Family as their home is consumed by flames. With horror, she realizes that Val and his Family are the only ones who could be responsible. Devastated over his betrayal and the loss of her clan, there’s just one thing on her mind: making the Da Vias pay. The heart of this assassin craves revenge.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Equal parts adventure, romance, and politics, Ahiers’ first novel is astonishingly good. This is a unique twist on a love story, and the exciting Godfather-esque plot line adds layers of intrigue. Fans of Robin LaFevers’ His Fair Assassins series will snatch this one up in a heartbeat.”

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  • “Ahiers’s Romeo and Juliet-inspired world of gods, angry ghosts, and assassins is darkly lush, and Lea’s voice is strong and pragmatic, making for a stylish and rich read.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “A lavishly constructed fantasy world with an intricate society.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Narrator Khristine Hvam captures the protagonist’s emotional journey in this fantasy…In one breathlessly narrated sequence after another, Lea escapes only to be pursued by both assassins and violent ghosts as she travels to seek the aid of her exiled uncle. Slight variations distinguish the many male characters, but the story is Lea’s, and Hvam’s expressive narration is at its best when capturing the young woman’s anguish and resolve.”


  • “An electrifying debut that captivated me from the first nail-biting chapter. Spellbinding!”

    Gennifer Albin, author of Unravelled

  • “Love, death, family—and vengeance. This gripping fantasy thriller will keep you turning the pages all night long.”

    Laura Ruby, author of Bone Gap

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About the Author

Sarah Ahiers spent her childhood running around outside with her siblings, drawing pictures, and writing stories. Now, she is working toward an MFA in writing for children and young adults at Hamline University. She has a collection of steampunk hats, and when she’s not writing, she fills her time with good games, good food, good friends, and good family.

About the Narrator

Khristine Hvam has won six AudioFile Earphones Awards, placed three times as a finalist for the prestigous Audie Award, and won the Audie for best narration in 2012 and 2013. She studied acting for the theater and film, and her voice can be heard in Pokémon, World of Warcraft, and in various television and radio commercials.