Friday Favorite Five: Books Featuring Assassins


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Favorite Five Books Featuring Assassins

And we’re back with Friday Favorite Fives, huzzah!  With another topic that I’m not sure why I picked! Hahaha…. O.o

One of the reoccurring character types in fantasy novels is the assassin. Not sure what it is about this type that keeps it going strong, but there must be a strong appeal or it would have died out (no pun intended….or was it?)

  • Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb





Farseer is a trilogy that I came to appreciate over time. I didn’t love the first book (except for that ending, oh man!) but the last book in the trilogy finally convinced me. I get why everyone loves Hobb now!




  • Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas




Hahaha, this is another series where I didn’t love the first book, but the series grew on me. I still haven’t read the last book yet, I don’t want it to end!





  • Nevernight by Jay Kristoff





This should be my first pick! Gods I loved this book so freaking much. I can’t wait for the third book to come out!




  • Across the Nightingale Floor by Lian Hearn




This one might be borderline, I can’t remember if Takeo actually becomes an assassin as it’s been a while since I read it. I still need to finish the fourth book in this series too!





  • Graceling by Kristin Cashore




This is another that may be borderline. Katsa is definitely a killer in service to the king, but I can’t remember if she’s an assassin per se. But either way, I really enjoyed this book!




Thoughts on these? What books would make your list? Leave a note in the comments, I’d love to hear from you!

29 thoughts on “Friday Favorite Five: Books Featuring Assassins

  1. foreverlostinlit says:

    Love Nevernight, can’t wait for that third book either! I’ve also yet to read the last Throne of Glass book yet, but my copy keeps staring threateningly at me so I think it’ll be soon! It’s so weird that it’s finally over. I really need to check out Assassin’s Apprentice again–I’ve put it down midway twice, but I’m still really intrigued by it. Great choices!

  2. theorangutanlibrarian says:

    Really great list!! Glad you ended up enjoying Hobb! I definitely had the same experience with TOG- the first one didn’t wow me, but I ended up obsessed! Really want to read nevernight and across the nightingale floor. I really like graceling as well 😀

  3. Zezee says:

    Regarding Assassin’s Apprentice, I agree that the first book wasn’t very strong. It starts out very slow, which almost turned me off, but became more interesting to me as it progressed.

      • Zezee says:

        Well the first book of the Liveship trilogy might be trying (it sure tried me and i almost gave up), but it’s worth reading. The story is good and the characters and world are rich and interesting.

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