Destined to destroy empires, Mia Covere is only ten years old when she is given her first lesson in death.
Six years later, the child raised in shadows takes her first steps towards keeping the promise she made on the day that she lost everything.
But the chance to strike against such powerful enemies will be fleeting, so if she is to have her revenge, Mia must become a weapon without equal. She must prove herself against the deadliest of friends and enemies, and survive the tutelage of murderers, liars and demons at the heart of a murder cult.
The Red Church is no Hogwarts, but Mia is no ordinary student.
The shadows love her. And they drink her fear.
Oh, wow! I’m speechless. I read this book knowing nothing about it, I was just extremely excited about it. It delivered.
“Hear me, Niah. Hear me, Mother. This flesh your feast. This blood your wine. This life, this end, my gift to you. Hold him close.”
The first few chapters, although beautiful, were a little difficult to get through, mainly because the writing style was particularly dense. I see the point in such a prose to introduce the character, but it made understanding what was going on a bit of a challenge. But as soon as you get through that, and the pace picks up, the prose flows effortlessly. And then it’s twist after twist! I swear, I had barely enough time to accept the last crazy thing that happened that something even crazier went down.
Mia lives with the one purpose to avenge her family, and kill some of the most important people in the Republic of Itreya. To achieve that, she’s been trained by an old man, to get into the Red Church; a sort of school for assassins, devoted to Niah. It reminds a lot of Hogwarts, but a lot bloodier. Yeah, the language is pretty explicit, between rude comebacks, murders, tortures, steamy sex. There are also a few very emotional scenes. There’s a bit of everything. But especially blood baths.
Iron of glass? they’d asked. Mia clenched her jaw. Shook her head. She was neither. She was steel.
Mia isn’t the stronger, the most motivated, the more beautiful, or anything. She’s just like everybody else. But she’s witty, and she manages to seriously kick ass. She’s definitely a character you won’t forget. But so are the side characters! I loved every single one of them. They’re all memorable.
I went through the last few chapters with my mouth hanging open, occasionally cursing, and sobbing, and smiling like a maniac. I’m trying to find a way to survive the wait for book two, but it seems pretty impossible.