I picked this up based on the fact that I enjoyed his steampunk series, and this cover caught my eye.

With three suns in the sky, there is almost always light–the nevernight being simply a cooler part of the day when people sleep–but there’s still plenty of darkness inside people. Mia Corvere’s father is executed, her mother and baby brother locked away, and she nearly escapes being murdered. With only her life and a newly discovered gift for speaking to shadows, she stumbles on a temple of assassins, the Red Church, and begins training to revenge her family. If she can survive her initiation–and many don’t–and become one of the few new killers, she will have the ability to reach that vengeance. But someone’s killing her fellow apprentices, making the task even more difficult than usual.

This is, as you’d expect, a bit grim. What happens to Mia’s family is quite terrible. The people in power are even more terrible and oppressive, and, as you might expect, people training to be assassins aren’t always nice people. And yet, there are some genuine nice moments–kind people, laughter, love–just enough to keep the book from being oppressive. And the world building is fascinating, hinted at here and there enough to give you an idea without answering all your questions. The main character doesn’t know much about her abilities, but they’re interesting and different and dangerous.

As for the main character, she’s a lot more likable than your usual revenge-driven hero. She loves her family, she’s focused on her goals, but she has more than that going for her. She has friendships and love, and made me want her to succeed. This book is just the first step in a challenging journey, but I’m looking forward to see how she goes.


About Caitlin Stern

I have a MA in English, and have so many fantasy/urban fantasy WIPs it's not even funny. I'm an avid reader of science fiction, fantasy, mystery, romance, biography, fiction, and anything else that catches my interest. I collect books, and bookmarks I find that are visually appealing and useful.

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