About the Book
The Queen’s Assassin (Queen’s Secret #1)
by Melissa de la Cruz
Publisher: G. P. Putnam’s Sons
Release Date: February 4th 2020
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
What’s done is done.Melissa de la Cruz
Perfect for fans of Sarah J. Maas and Red Queen, this is the first novel in a sweeping YA fantasy-romance duet about a deadly assassin, his mysterious apprentice, and the country they are sworn to protect from #1 NYT bestselling author Melissa de la Cruz.
Caledon Holt is the Kingdom of Renovia’s deadliest weapon. No one alive can best him in brawn or brains, which is why he’s the Guild’s most dangerous member and the Queen’s one and only assassin. He’s also bound to the Queen by an impossible vow–to find the missing Deian Scrolls, the fount of all magical history and knowledge, stolen years ago by a nefarious sect called the Aphrasians.
It’s alarming, really, how quickly nice people become ravenous, bloodthirsty.Melissa de la Cruz
Shadow has been training all her life to follow in the footsteps of her mother and aunts–to become skilled enough to join the ranks of the Guild. Though magic has been forbidden since the Aphrasian uprising, Shadow has been learning to control her powers in secret, hoping that one day she’ll become an assassin as feared and revered as Caledon Holt.
When a surprise attack brings Shadow and Cal together, they’re forced to team up as assassin and apprentice to hunt down a new sinister threat to Renovia. But as Cal and Shadow grow closer, they’ll uncover a shocking web of lies and secrets that may destroy everything they hold dear. With war on the horizon and true love at risk, they’ll stop at nothing to protect each other and their kingdom in this stunning first novel in the Queen’s Secret series.
All the answers you seek are there, but only if you are willing to hear them.Melissa de la Cruz
Ok, so this book is going to throw a lot at you at once. Just stick with it and slowly all of the places and names will start to make sense! There is a lot of world building thrown at you in the beginning, but if you’re like me you’ll love this aspect of the book (and probably be saying, “I need a map!”). I oftentimes love the first book in a series the most because it sets everything up, and The Queen’s Assassin does just that.
My aunts taught me that sometimes when the world is too much, when life starts to feel overwhelming, we must strip away what’s unnecessary, seek out the quiet, and listen to the dirt and trees.Melissa de la Cruz
I have to have an honorable mention for the Aunts. They just made me giggle because I kept imagining them as the fairies from Sleeping Beauty mixed with the aunts from Practical Magic. Plus I applaud de la Cruz for casually dropping in that they are married. I wish more books made f/f, m/m, etc. relationships normal! The story alternates perspectives between Cal and Shadow, and honestly I think it’s one of the first times that I personally did not mind the perspective swapping. Typically I don’t like one of the character’s in the alternating perspectives but this time I liked them both (go me!).
For that, I am eternally in his dept. And he’s in desperate need of a friend right now.Melissa de la Cruz
Melissa de la Cruz is a master at romance, so of course The Queen’s Assassin is no different. If you were a fan of her Blue Bloods series then I definitely think you will enjoy this read! It has all of those classic de la Cruz elements and is definitely written in her style, even if it is a bit more fantasy than some of her other books.
About the Author
Melissa de la Cruz is the New York Times and USA Today best-selling author of many critically acclaimed and award-winning novels for teens including The Au Pairs series, the Blue Bloods series, the Ashleys series, the Angels on Sunset Boulevard series and the semi-autobiographical novel Fresh off the Boat.
Her books for adults include the novel Cat’s Meow, the anthology Girls Who Like Boys Who Like Boys and the tongue-in-chic handbooks How to Become Famous in Two Weeks or Less and The Fashionista Files: Adventures in Four-inch heels and Faux-Pas.
She has worked as a fashion and beauty editor and has written for many publications including The New York Times, Marie Claire, Harper’s Bazaar, Glamour, Cosmopolitan, Allure, The San Francisco Chronicle, McSweeney’s, Teen Vogue, CosmoGirl! and Seventeen. She has also appeared as an expert on fashion, trends and fame for CNN, E! and FoxNews.
Melissa grew up in Manila and moved to San Francisco with her family, where she graduated high school salutatorian from The Convent of the Sacred Heart. She majored in art history and English at Columbia University (and minored in nightclubs and shopping!).
She now divides her time between New York and Los Angeles, where she lives in the Hollywood Hills with her husband and daughter.
Shadow needed to be tough but also a softie, so I went with Sofia Boutella.
I definitely immediately saw Caledon as my boy Dom.
Every time the aunts were mentioned, I couldn’t help but think of them as the aunts from Practical Magic…. mixed with the three fairies in Sleeping Beauty… The brain is a wondrous thing!
I struggled with the Queen, but I think I made a solid choice.
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