Book Reviews

Book Review: The Assassin’s Daughter

by Jameson C. Smith

publisher’s synopsis

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For most of her life, Katira has trained to take on the role of assassin. While it’s far from the life she would have chosen, the law known as the Inheritance Proclamation dictates that she must follow in her father’s profession. At seventeen, she’ll be expected to use her training on a real assignment any day.

When new information about an old fugitive brings questions about Kat’s past to light, she must make a choice: Prove her loyalties to the Tederan Order and their laws, or become a fugitive to search after answers she may never find. 

When I read The Assassin’s Daughter, I had actually forgotten what the story was about, which made it interesting to read. I wasn’t sure what the plot arc was supposed to be, and honestly, I’m not sure I necessarily know now what the plot of the book was. The story wasn’t bad, but it seemed like it was laying the groundwork for the rest of the series.

The pacing of the story felt off in the first half of the book. Each chapter was its own individual scene, which lead to the narrative feeling a little choppy. As the story progressed though, the scenes starting flowing better.

There were also several times during the novel when the author kept the reader from knowing the details of something the characters learned. I think she did this to try and create suspense and intrigue, but it started to feel overused after a few times. It also made a couple of scenes a little confusing.

I would have loved for Smith to have explained more of the worldbuilding. I always love a story with awesome worldbuilding, and I do think that some of the worldbuilding needed to be explained more for certain elements of the story to make sense. For instance, the academy. Later on in the story, a little bit of explanation is given for why an assassin academy exists. But I want to know more. How many people know about the academy? What is the general opinion on a school for assassins? And I would have loved more explanation behind the law that dictates what your career path is and how that came to be.

I realize that this review seems very negative so far and that it probably sounds like I didn’t like the book. But I didn’t dislike it. Rather, The Assassin’s Daughter shows me the potential Smith has to grow as a writer. I think as Smith grows as a writer and hones in her craft, she could write some great novels. The Assassin’s Daughter is just more of a “beginner” novel—though not a bad story.

Cautions: light romance; brief, non-graphic, moderate-heavy violence ***

**I received an e-arc from the author in exchange for a fair and honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.

***It has been a while since I’ve read The Assassin’s Daughter, but these are the only cautions I remember.

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