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Publisher's Summary

Tragedy forged her, but love tempered her steely heart.

There aren't many choices for a child arrested and charged with murder. When a mysterious stranger asks an imprisoned Ilyana to be his apprentice, she accepts.

Fast forward a few decades and she's an expert in her field, an assassin for hire with special skills, and an uncanny affinity for weapons. Her newest bounty requires her to eliminate the Barbarian King, only for the first time in her career, she hesitates.

Turns out she and the monarch from the west might have a common enemy in the Grand Vizier, a highly placed official for a rival country. He's the one behind the bounty on Konstantin's head, and the person responsible for the death of Ilyana's parents.

Rather than kill the King, she finds herself working for him. Together, they form a plan for revenge. What they don't expect is the ensuing tempest of secrets.

A betrayal and a capture might spell the end for the Barbarian and the Assassin unless they're willing to fight not only for survival - but love.

Contains mature themes.

©2021, 2022 Eve Langlais (P)2022 Tantor

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ok here's the deal

The story is not terrible and enjoyable at some parts. it's just the FML is dumb to me or is so stubborn that denial is the way of life. I love eves books usually so I don't understand why she wrote this character to be this way especially for a badass assassin. She seems to get herself into a lot of dumb situations where she almost dies because of her idiotic choices and that stunt she pulled when she met the grand wizard guy omg I literally wanted to stop the book for the stupidity. it's like she talks a good game about making smart choices to protect the king and make plan A B C but she is the only one about to lose her life off dumb decisions. Only characters I like was the barbarian king and his people and her adopted father they were great and funny.

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Outstanding!!

I love her books, they fun and quirky. But this one beat them all! An amazing story line plus fantastic main characters. Absolutely loved the bada$$ heroine and all the great snark. Great chemistry and top it all off with a fantastic narrator! Best book I have read/listened to in a long time.

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not the normal Langlais

If you are used to the normal irreverent romance from Eve this is a little different but SO good!

An assassin and Barbarian king together with action, romance, and comedy; what's not to love?!

The only constructive criticism I have is that the ending felt slightly rushed and I would've liked a little more explanation on the magic and creatures "return" and meaning. But those are probably for the next book. *fingers crossed* (Does not end in a cliffhanger, thank goodness!)

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started out exciting but at the end DNF

the premise of the book and this cover had me super excited to start this. however this quickly became a story where the arch of the characters falls very flat, everything just falls into place in the plot, the love story is pretty stale, the heroine is supposed to be a great assassin (yet she constantly needs rescuing) and talks about killing people like a sociopath and then suddenly grows a consciousness, this was really not my cup of tea, I grew annoyed with the characters and the plot halfway through the book and didn't finish and really not interested in a second book of there is one.

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Brilliance thy name is Eve Langlais

This story is by far my favorite of hers. Now I don't leave reviews, but this story deserves every word of praise and each of the 5 stars I have to give.
The main character has all of my favorite qualities violent, capable, driven, snarky ... etc.
I'm upset now. I want more of the story, but there isn't any yet... Get working Langlais!

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❤️❤️❤️❤️

This book has humor, action, magic, and snark. If you want a good listen use your credit and purchase this book. Needless to say Kasha Kensington’s narration did not fail to deliver.🔥❤️🔥