After several days of staring at my crowdfunding campaign I decided I needed a book break. I happened to download an urban fantasy book by one of my favorite authors and thought I’d share my review of it. If you are looking for a new read in the urban fantasy genre, I highly recommend anything by Jasmine Walt. I first stumbled upon Jasmine Walt’s work in the Shadows of Salem Series written with Rebecca Hamilton (for more information see here).
I don’t typically do a lot of reviews, in fact I have never put one on this blog before. This book and these authors deserve one heck of a shout out, so without further ado, here’s my review of Jasmine Walt & Debbie Cassidy’s latest book Marked by Sin.
Marked by Sin is a roller coaster ride and one of the best books in the urban fantasy genre I’ve read in recent years. The book introduces us to the world of Malina, a London-based assassin with the Brahma Corp’s Assassin Guild. An assassin who is one kill away from Ascension which occurs after fifty kills and is also known as a raise, better apartment, and better rank within the Guild. Malina has spent all of her life in the Assassin Guild. Her adopted father raised her and trained her to be the best.
When Malina’s fiftieth mission is complete, even though it doesn’t go quite as planned, she is ready to Ascend. During the ceremony where she receives her mark to confirm her kill the bottom falls out of Malina’s world. The fifty kills she’s has made have left a taint on her soul, because each of the fifty were innocents. Searching for answers, Malina navigates the new world and discovers her place within it, and maybe a potential romance.
What works: Malina. She’s strong, very loyal to those she cares about and is genuinely upset when she finds out how the world is not as she believed it to be. The vast supporting cast is all well-developed and serves to keep the plot moving forward. There is minimal bad language (okay this may be wrong, but I didn’t notice it). Also, having a UF book with a different take on the supernatural (i.e. using the Hindu pantheon) is very refreshing.
What doesn’t work: While personally, I wish the book were longer, I can’t really find anything that doesn’t work.
I will be preordering book 2 and any other books these ladies put out. If you’re interested in checking the book out for yourself it is available at Amazon.