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Daindreth's Assassin (Daindreth's Assassin, #1) - PAPERBACK

Daindreth's Assassin (Daindreth's Assassin, #1) - PAPERBACK

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An assassin falls for the archduke she was sent to kill, but killing him might be the only way to save his soul.

Magic has two immutable rules—every spell requires a sacrifice and every curse can be broken.

Amira Brindonu is a sorceress turned assassin, bound in a curse that forces her to obey her father, even to the point of high treason. When he orders her to kill the future emperor, she fails, but discovers a secret that could bring the whole of the empire to its knees.

The archduke is stricken by a curse that could sentence him and his people to damnation, but Amira could be the only key to breaking it. In a desperate last-ditch effort, the archduke takes Amira prisoner and makes a pact to protect her from her curse if she will help free him of his own.

As time begins to run out, Amira soon learns that there are enemies that blades can’t touch and there are fates worse than death. Caught in a web of sorcery, intrigue, and her growing feelings for the archduke, the assassin must decide just how much she is willing to give to save the only man she’s ever loved.

Every curse can be broken, but can two cursed people save each other?

Beauty and the Beast meets The Witcher in this Fantasy Romance that is sure to delight fans of Sarah J. Maas, Kristin Cashore, and Leigh Bardugo.

Reading order

0. The Archduke***
1. Daindreth’s Assassin
2. Daindreth’s Outlaw
3. Daindreth’s Traitor
4. Daindreth’s Sorceress (releases July 2023)
5. Daindreth’s Empress (releases January 2024)

***The Archduke is a companion novella showing events from Daindreth's perspective in the first half of Book #1. It can be read before or after the main books.

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Customer Reviews

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I can't wait for the next book!

So much to say that I will enumerate here:
1. As the author indicated, it's the same old tropes, but in a surprisingly original form.
2. I had to force myself to put it down in order to have a hope of sleeping!
3. The world she created is completely different from ours, yet exactly the same.
4. The forms of magic described have new and unique characteristics.
5. The companion novella gives the viewpoint of the second main character without having it interrupt the flow and personality of the first main character.
6. It ends with a mild cliffhanger, which I appreciate, since I may go out of my mind waiting for Diana Gabaldon's 10th book to come out. I still can't wait to find out what happens, but at least I will be able to sleep in the meanwhile.
I recommend this refreshing and compelling book to everyone.

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