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The Perfect Assassin

Chronicles of Ghadid, Book 1
Written by: K. A. Doore
Narrated by: Amin El Gamal
Length: 11 hrs and 32 mins
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"[Narrator Amin El Gamal] does a masterful job of animating these desert denizens...What results is a suspenseful treat." (AudioFile Magazine) 

A novice assassin is on the hunt for someone killing their own in K. A. Doore's The Perfect Assassin, a breakout high fantasy beginning the Chronicles of Ghadid series.

Divine justice is written in blood. Or so Amastan has been taught. As a new assassin in the Basbowen family, he’s already having second thoughts about taking a life. A scarcity of contracts ends up being just what he needs. 

Until, unexpectedly, Amastan finds the body of a very important drum chief. Until, impossibly, Basbowen’s finest start showing up dead, with their murderous jaan running wild in the dusty streets of Ghadid. Until, inevitably, Amastan is ordered to solve these murders, before the family gets blamed. 

Every life has its price, but when the tables are turned, Amastan must find this perfect assassin or be their next target. 

Praise for The Perfect Assassin: 

The Perfect Assassin is a thrilling fantastical mystery that had me racing through the pages.” (S. A. Chakraborty, author of The City of Brass

“Full of rooftop fights, frightening magic, and nonstop excitement and mystery, I absolutely loved it from start to finish!” (Sarah Beth Durst)

©2019 K. A. Doore (P)2019 Macmillan Audio

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  • Anya Grady
  • 2019-03-29

Desert Magic and Murder Babies

This freaking book. Doore's debut novel is strewn with tough ideas and tougher choices. Amastan, our young protagonist, is a relatable mess - surprisingly so for an assassin stopping a murder spree in a magic desert city. He doubts, he overanalyzes, he gets hurt, he is stunningly bad at getting his thoughts put into words... but we believe in him, even when the odds are high that he will fail in his efforts.

From the unquiet nature of the spirits (demons?) inside us to what makes or breaks our connection to people, this story carried me along - from reasonable beginnings to infuriating penultima to thrilling climax to an ending that doesn't stop the story from unrolling into forever.

I know the author, so I expected to like it for her sake. I didn't expect to punch my car and yank out the headphones because I needed a minute to calm down. I probably swore more in a twenty-minute period than was good for me. I can't wait for the next one.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-07-08

deceptive title

This is a Homoerotic book and should be in the description, Warning. I want my credit back.

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