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Knight Assassin

3.38  ·  Rating details ·  194 ratings  ·  63 reviews
Seventeen-year-old Zayn has special powers she cannot control—powers that others fear and covet. Powers that cause the Templar Knights to burn Zayn’s mother at the stake for witchcraft. When a mysterious stranger tempts Zayn to become the first female member of the heretical Assassins, the chance to seek her revenge lures her in. She trains to harness her supernatural stre ...more
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Published March 4th 2014 by Entangled: Teen
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Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies
Actual rating: 3.5

If you liked the Grave Mercy series, you will love this book. Frankly, I found Grave Mercy to be boring as fuck, and I ended up liking this book a lot better. If you are a fan of the video games Prince of Persia, Assassin's Creed, you will find the setting in this book pretty fucking awesome, because that's where we are, yo!

Mysterious sect of assassins training in a desert hideout? Check!
Crusadin' Templars? Check!
Saladin? (Yes, THAT Saladin!). Check!

There is political intrigue
Ash Wednesday
Feb 01, 2014 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: fans of Kingdom of Heaven and Grave Mercy (in that order)

Throne of Glass, Graceling, Grave Mercy.

I’m looking warily at The Assassin’s Curse because I’ve yet to read that one (and it’s part of a challenge) but I’m suspecting, with how I feel about Knight Assassin in the end, I’m well on my way towards Assassin Fatigue.

It wasn’t a bad book. But save for this being set in Syria during the time of the Crusades, it offered very little in innovation. This didn’t commit any of the offense I found in the previous assassin books I read, if anything
Robin (Bridge Four)
Assassins, Knights Templar and a holy war sets the scene in the Crusader States of 1180. I didn’t have a lot or any knowledge of this time frame in history but that didn’t diminish from my enjoyment of the story.

I love stories with strong female characters that take the tragedies that happen to them in life and turn them into something else. Zayn is that girl, the last thing she ever wanted was to grow into a woman because then she would have to marry and be caged and trapped forever.

Warning: Th
Wow! This book impressed the pants off of me!

Zayn and her mother Miriam live an isolated existence in the village of Rafaniya. They're tolerated by their fellow villagers, but feared. Zayn has strange fits of power she doesn't understand and can't control. She's ashamed and believes the whispers that she's evil. Zayn is frustrated by the limits placed upon her because she's a woman and isn't eager to marry & place herself under a husband's control.

The setting is Syria during the time of the Fre
Feb 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely amazing, thrilling, romantic, and just wonderful! Knight Assassin was a brilliant YA read. I loved this book. Everything about it, from the impeccable setting to the thrilling action, was perfect. Loved it!

I love how the setting was done. Since I know quite a bit about Arab culture, from the religion to the everyday way of life, I would have been turned off right away if something was inaccurate. But, everything was spot on and vividly described. The lush details made me feel totally
Elisabeth Wheatley
When the main character gets raped within the first three chapters, you know you’re in for a grueling, gut-wrenching ride. There was a moment where I wondered what I’d gotten myself into, but putting this book down was never an option—I’ve been hopelessly hooked since I saw the cover reveal on a friend’s blog and I downloaded it the same week it came out.

The plot:
There were lots of parts where I put down my Kindle and paced, chewing a hole in my cheek and trying to stave off a panic attack as I
Mundie Moms & Mundie Kids
4.5 stars

From her fast paced plot line, to the characters and vivid setting, Rima Jean totally hooked me with Knight Assassin. I didn't take me long until I totally found myself immersed in her story. I enjoyed reading this book! Rima did a fabulous job at combining the elements I love in both a YA fantasy and YA romance, and created something both new and exciting.

Zayn is an awesome heroine. She deals with so much in this book, that even I was amazed at the incredible strength she had to go on
Mar 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
I have a confession to make. I'm usually a bit wary when authors approach me asking me to read their books in exchange for review. I think we've all been there--and sometimes it doesn't always turn out well. However, when Rima Jean approached me about reading Knight Assassin, I read the synopsis a few times, and it sounded like just what I was in the mood for at the time.

And now I have to say--I am really glad I read it! I thought Knight Assassin was an excellent, entertaining read. I have to t
This review also appeared on my blog.

“…I thought my life was over.”

Zayn looked up suddenly, the soapy bath water rippling from her. “Was it?”

Aysha smiled. “No. It was a brutal beginning.”

Knight Assassin follows Zayn, a young girl living in the village of Rafaniyah at the time of the French invasion of Syria. Zayn has had strange powers all her life, and she’s faster and stronger than any normal human being. But her whole village loathes her and her mother Miriam because she’s illegitimate.
Feb 14, 2014 rated it did not like it
*This book was an E-Galley sent to me in exchange for an honest review*

I feel like this book had a lot of ups and downs. The beginning was painfully slow, and just when the book would start to pick up, it would suddenly slow back down again. I felt as if a lot of the things I was looking forward to were things that kind of got brushed aside. I wanted to know more about her training, I wanted to get all of the gory details about her time with the assassins, but instead there were just a
Feb 12, 2014 rated it it was ok
I received an ARC for an unbiased opinion.

Zayn's life is torn apart when her mother is killed and she is raped. She is rescued and taken to be trained as an Assassin because she has a strange sort of power and because they think she will do anything for revenge on the man who raped her and killed her mother (they are pretty right). She eventually ends up in the Frank court as a lady in waiting where she finally gets to try and assassinate her tormentor. Things are complicated when other people f
Sarah Elizabeth
Feb 11, 2014 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: anyone who liked Grave Mercy
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Entangled Publishing, LLC and Netgalley.)
17-year-old Zayn has a problem – sometimes she feels an overwhelming building of energy inside her and doesn’t know how to dissipate it without people getting hurt.
When she turns down a marriage proposal by the village leader’s son, her mother is killed, and Zayn somehow finds herself being trained as an assassin.
Where does this power come from? Is Zayn the only
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
I really wasn't sure what to expect when I picked this up but anything having to do with a girl that is fierce, defies the rules and hello, is an assassin, is an okay read in my book.

I was worried in the beginning that this may have come off as a knock off from another really great series about a kick butt girl assassin but after the first few chapters I was happy to see that I had nothing to worry about. This story had a totally different tone to it and some twists and turns I didn't even see
Jan 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: paranormal
Oh my gosh! I REALLY hope this is turning into a series, because the next character that would be added...well, let's just say he is one of my favorite subjects in retellings! I will leave a longer review when it comes out next month, but SERIOUSLY! What a FANTASTIC story! ...more
Feb 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: assassin
This was such a good book. It ended in a good place but still gives room for a part 2.
Janus the Erudite Artist
“It was all very simple. Her loyalties were with those who saw beyond their personal prejudices, who rose above self-righteousness and intolerance.”

I was mostly interested in Knight Assassin after reading on Netgalley that it was a “thrilling Grave Mercy meets Throne of Glass adventure...” I loved both when I read them and loved the second books belonging to their respective series, Dark Triumph and Crown of Midnight, even more. To be honest, I was apprehensive at first over reading that stateme
Mar 27, 2014 rated it liked it
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Mar 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
3.5/3.75 stars.

I know everyone's probably sick of these comparisons as you've all read them before but it's totally true! For those of you who've read Grave Mercy and Throne of Glass, this will most definitely appeal to you. Why? There's your fun, strong female main character, a romance that doesn't make you want to rip yourself to pieces, and that fun tease of danger, suspense, thrill, and guilty satisfaction.

Knight Assassin had some fabulous things. You may cry all you want about books release
Jan 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, for-review
Originally posted at City of Books

Knight Assassin is a YA historical fantasy reminiscent of Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers. It's graced with a kick-ass heroine, an action-packed plot and some really cool magic. This was quite a fast read for me, but there's so much in it. I really enjoyed this book throughout, and I'm already eager for more.

This book is unique in the sense that it's set in a Muslim place, with Islam traditions playing a key role. When Zayn's mother is burned at the stake for witc
Mar 06, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: e-book, arcs, for-review
This review originally appeared on my blog,


Featuring a female assassin with magical powers, KNIGHT ASSASSIN has a lot of elements that I normally like. But for some reason, I wasn’t able to get into the book. It just didn’t click for me.

Zayn has mysterious powers she can’t control, powers that make her faster and stronger than others. She and her mother are not welcome in their village, and keep to themselves. When she rejects the marriage proposal of an important man in the villa
Historical fiction, Assassin's, some paranormal elements and a dash of romance. That’s how I would describe Knight Assassin by Rima Jean. Despite some pacing issues I really enjoyed the book.

Zayn is an amazing character to me. She goes through so much in the beginning of the book from being hated by the townsfolk, to what happens to her mother and to her. I have to say at one point my mouth fell open. After that she becomes awakened and fueled by the need for vengeance which is what leads her in
Mar 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
Seventeen-year-old Zayn has special powers she cannot control—powers that others fear and covet. Powers that cause the Templar Knights to burn Zayn’s mother at the stake for witchcraft. When a mysterious stranger tempts Zayn to become the first female member of the heretical Assassins, the chance to seek her revenge lures her in. She trains to harness her supernatural strength and agility, and then enters the King of Jerusalem's court in disguise with the assignment to assassinate Guy de Molay, ...more
Feb 09, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
I got "Knight Assassin" from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Zayn has never fit in with the rest of her town. Her mother and Zayn have always been isolated and she is often called a demon and a half blood. However, everything changes when Zayn's mother is murdered and she is raped by Guy de Molay. After Zayn is taken by Junaid to train to be an assassin. Zayn wants to do it because she hopes that she will get the chance to kill Guy de Molay. However, first she must complete her tra
Feb 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Reading this book was like a fresh new air for me. I had never read about Arabian assassins or something like that, and I am really glad that I gave this book a chance.

It had always been Zayn and her mother Miriam against the world. The villagers feared them, especially Zayn with the strange and inhuman power she possess. Then her mother was killed because she was accused of witchcraft. When she was about to end her life, Zayn was offered a new life purpose, join the Assassins and life for the s
Gabic Reads
Feb 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
Original review at Gabic Reads. ARC received via Netgalley - Thank you.

I fell in love with Rima Jean fantastical historical fiction novel. Set in ancient Israel/Syria, Rima puts a magical twist on a man-dominated society. The characters jumped off the page and the scenery was well described. I really hope to more of Zayn and Earic to see more of their adventures after the story ends.

Zayn's mother is burned before her eyes and she seeks revenge against the man who ordered her death. Junaid comes
My Thoughts - 3.5 out of 5 Unicorns - I more than liked it!!
***Received the ebook from Entangled Publishing for an honest review

The cover is intriguing and attracts attention :)

My son saw the author’s website and immediately mentioned Assassin’s Creed which is a video game he knows, but I have no idea about it. Not sure if this book is somehow related to that game, but I thought I should mention it just in case.

I should also mention that rape is a topic in this book.

This story is interesting and
Kirsty (Amethyst Bookwyrm)
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Thanks to Netgalley and Entangled Publishing for giving me this book to review.

17 year old Zayn and her mother have never fitted in their town, especially as Zayn has supernatural powers which are unpredictable. After some Templar knights burn her mother at the stake for witch craft and Zayn is raped by local knight Guy de Molay, she is about to kill herself until a mysterious figure offers her another option, to be
Feb 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
When I started reading this, I immediately thought of all the other assassin books that seem to be flooding the market lately. Even though this book features an assassin girl bent on revenge, this was a delightful and unique book. I really loved Zayn and found she was a strong character, but able to think for herself. She does not just blindly follow what people tell her, but reason for herself how a situation should be. I loved that she allowed herself to be vulnerable with several characters e ...more
Beth  (YA Books Central)
Mar 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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Very intriguing story! I totally got sucked into a world of the past. Zayn is a young girl living with her mother in a village where they keep to themselves. Zayn knows she is different and has powers that she does not know how to control...yet! Very early in the book Zayn's mother, accused of being a witch, is burned at the stake at the hands of Guy de Molay. Zayn's mother never told her who her fa
Mar 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I got this book from the author, free of cost, in exchange of an honest review from my side.

Firstly I would like to thank the author and the tour organizers fro giving me this opportunity of reading and reviewing this fabulous book.

I really loved this book a lot. The story is unique and the concept execution is fabulous as well. The best thing about this story is the fabulous writing style of the author which increased the value of the story.

The characters were great as well and each of them had
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