Series: Chronicles of Ghadid, #3
Published by: Tor Books
ISBN 13: 9780765398598
Published: June 2020
Format reviewed: eVersion from NetGalley
Site: Author Site
Goodreads: Book Page
Stars: Five out of Five
Lists: Favourites and Recommended
Related Reviews: The Perfect Assassin (Chronicles of Ghadid, #1) | The Impossible Contract (Chronicles of Ghadid, #2)
Seven years have passed since our favourite characters from books one and two saved Ghadid from the nightmarish events that are spoilers for book two.
This book focuses on Illi, who lost her family in the siege and now lives under Thana’s care. She was too young for the family business in a professional sense but did receive many years of training, only to be one of the first denied official status when it was decided that the assassins wouldn’t be needed in their former capacity. Now she and the cousins keep Ghadid safe in other ways. Primarily against the Guul.
Heru is still there, and about as popular as he’s ever been. When it turns out he’s been harbouring a terrible spoiler from a previous book Ghadid throw him out. Frustrated they can’t see his brilliance, and at how dismissive they are at the fact Heru helped save Ghadid, and for… other reasons… Illi follows him. And it doesn’t hurt that a certain someone is part of the caravan, someone Illi hadn’t planned on seeing again, but certainly isn’t disappointed to be spending more time with them at all.
Like the first and second book we focus on different characters in the third. Amastan and Thana are certainly important characters but the focus is on Illi, and the grief that’s still haunting her from the siege and everything they experienced with Thana and the rest were saving Ghadid from a different part of the land. Illi was right in the middle of it, fighting the re-risen dead, seeing the fires gut their homes, and all the rest of it.
Characters still drive this book, although the plot is still engaging and fast paced, thanks to be large amount of travelling that takes up this book. Representation is throughout. The fight scenes are engaging and believable, as is the healing, religion, and world building in general. If I could have anything I’d have liked to see more mention of the food, but that’s always been a quirk of mine.
This is easily a series that could keep going indefinite really – focusing on more and more cousins, then more generations and so forth. So if you could just get on that, please, that would be awesome.