Kindra’s moral compass has never pointed north, but that’s what happens when you’re raised as an assassin and a thief. At sixteen, she’s fantastic with a blade, an expert at slipping through the world unnoticed, and trapped in a life she didn’t chose. But nothing in her training prepares her for what happens when her father misses a target.
In the week-long aftermath, Kindra breaks rank for the first time in her life. She steals documents, starts questioning who their client is and why the target needs to die, botches a second hit on her father’s target, and is nearly killed. And that’s before she’s kidnapped by a green-eyed stranger connected to a part of her childhood she’d almost forgotten.
Kindra has to decide who to trust and which side of the battle to fight for. She has to do it fast and she has to be right, because the wrong choice will kill her just when she’s finally found something worth living for.
Worldbuilding: I’m not going to lie, the world of the series is a tiny bit confusing. For one thing, there are references to Atropos a lot, Greek goddess of fate/destiny, and Kindra’s family is called not human a few times, but it was very confusing to understand what exactly they were, or what made them so special. I spent the first half of the novel getting frustrated every time Atropos was actually mentioned, like a reminder of these things about this story that I just don’t know. It’s irritating to not know things, lol! At least for me. Other than that, the assassins world, ruthless, action-packed, all good and very fun.
Characters: Kindra was an interesting character. I loved her bout of morality as opposed to say her parents – particularly her mom, whose name constantly made me think of Swan Lake and Odile particularly, for some reason, and then she turned out to have a sister which only made me think Swan Lake more. Kindra was constructed by opposition, in a way, she sort of became the White Swan of the duo in my mind. I liked her, but I felt she truly shined when Dru came into the picture – despite the “baby”-calling syndrome, which made me think of Mr. Grey. So yeah, these characters pretty much had me thinking about Swan Lake and Mr. Grey, lol. And they killed or didn’t kill people. Pretty cool.
Plot: The story was interesting, certainly full of action, but kind of confusing. It started out confusing for me, then made sense, but things still felt unsaid, and then it ended, and more unsaid things came to mind. So yeah, it was fast-paced and exciting, but more on the side of confusing than intriguing at times – and it could have easily been a much more enjoyable reading experience for me if some things would’ve been said. But some love the “no info dump” vibe, so I’m sure this particular element will work better for them than it did for me personally.
Writing: Third person, past tense narrative, mostly Kindra’s POV but with some inserts from other characters’. I liked her voice, but my fav part was the banter with Dru xD
Curb Appeal: Cool cover, hooking blurb, plus obvious diversity factor (Triton is the YA wing of Riptide Publishing) – so impulsive buy material.
I had a good time with Assassins: Discord, and there’s much to appreciate about it. There’s a hint of paranormal-ness, I guess, but I would have loved so much more of it. The romantic elements are always awesome, and the action is intense and captivating, with a side of alphabet soup agencies and intrigue. Really good elements, interesting mix.
I recommend Assassins: Discord to readers who love diverse YA reads and don’t like info dumps. It’s fast-paced, it’s exciting, and it’s a pretty original blend of elements in pretty original proportions. Worth the try, for sure!