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The Impossible Contract

(The Chronicles of Ghadid #2)

4.18  ·  Rating details ·  236 ratings  ·  79 reviews
Second in K. A. Doore's high fantasy adventure series the Chronicles of Ghadid, a determined assassin travels to the heart of the Empire in pursuit of a powerful mark, for fans of Robin Hobb, Sarah J. Maas, and S. A. Chakraborty

Thana has a huge reputation to live up to as daughter of the Serpent, who rules over Ghadid’s secret clan of assassins. Opportunity to prove hersel
Paperback, 368 pages
Published November 12th 2019 by Tor Books
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First buddy read with Acqua (also how is this only our first BR??)

I was sent this book as an advance copy by the publisher via NetGalley for reviewing purposes, but all opinions are my own.

4.75 stars!!!

Sometimes a family can be an assassin, her girlfriend, an annoying magical nerd and three dead camels and I think that's beautiful.

Yes I'm leaving that tagline because it's more accurate than anything else I could possibly write in this review.

Anyway, this book is the second in The Chronicles
Feb 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
buddy read with Silvia!

4.5 stars.

When I heard that The Perfect Assassin was going to get a companion sequel that was also about assassins but with a main f/f romance, The Impossible Contract instantly became one of my most anticipated books of the year. And it didn’t disappoint.

While reviewing a sequel, one of the first things I think about is how the sequel is in comparison to the first book. And in this case, I can say that I’ve never read two books in the same series that had such different s
Ash | Wild Heart Reads
The second instalment in the Chronicles of Ghadid The Impossible Contract is a fantastic blend of magic, adventure and undead camels.

Thana, having grown up as the daughter of the Serpent of Ghadid, is determined to carve out her own legacy. So when she is offered a contract to kill Heru, a en-marabi to the Empress, she takes the contract despite knowing the danger involved. After all Heru's work is blasphemous and his crimes must be punished but as Thana's contract leads her further from home t
anna (½ of readsrainbow)
rep: poc cast, lesbian mc, sapphic li
tw: death, blood, violence, gore, eye horror, body horror

Review also on my blog. ARC provided by the publisher.

3.5 ☆

While The Perfect Assassin was all about Amastan and the moral dilemma of being an assassin, The Impossible Contract gives us a totally different kind of hero(ine). Thana takes pride in her profession and more than anything, wants to be remembered for her work. It’s so refreshing to read in a world where we’re used to only male characters being
I had to stop her. I had to save you. I couldn’t lose you.

On my blog.

Rep: lesbian mc & li, gay side character, black mcs

CWs: violence, gore, eye horror

Galley provided by publisher

This is a review that took me a week to write. Because how am I supposed to review a book I loved a whole lot. I have not much more to say than I love this I love this I love this.

The Impossible Contract follows Thana as she and Amastan take on a contract for an unknown benefactor. But their target is a lot hard
rachel ☾
#1) The Perfect Assassin ★★★☆☆

Trigger warnings for (view spoiler)
Got to beta read, get excited folks!!!!!
Shan( Shans_Shelves) 💜
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Hélène Louise
The first book of the series, "The perfect assassin" was one of my best last reads, and I was rather sure to love the sequel as much.
Alas it wasn't the case...
The world building is always as interesting and well conveying all the sensations, in a coherent and credible atmosphere. The writing, for most parts, is still very good. But my problem was with the characters.
If the unpleasant one, Heru, is interesting and rather endearing in a Rogue kind of way, the heroine, Thana, isn't. She's a two dim
Jul 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
WOW!!!!! That one word, there are few trilogies that set-up the second book as better, much, much better than the first one, THIS is one of those, the first book was about laying out the Desert world of the Cousins(I do not have a better catch phrase), at first I thought it was just assassins pure and simple with a bit of magic, there are a lot of those around, but then came the healers, the marabi, then in Book two we are introduced to the en-marabi(I do hope I am right, since I honestly do not ...more

my singular, sole, only problem with this story is that Mo is, in my opinion, not given enough attention by the narrative and i want justice. and i also want to look into this real quick before talking about the story itself.

i want to make clear i do not mean to attack the author or police anybody's enjoyment of this series. even though i heavily loved it and enjoyed it, this is just something i noticed and it bothers me, and even though it is a t
Marta Cox
Oct 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
I haven’t read the first book The Perfect Assassin but I found this worked extremely well as a stand-alone. Thana is a young assassin out to prove herself and finally gets her very first contract but there’s a catch ! Her target has magic, knowledge and just happens to be more than ready for Thana. Still she’s not giving up easily but what if she needs him alive ?
I quite liked Thana as she’s resourceful and determined but boy is she out of her depth ! Her target Heru is arrogant, annoying and ac
Mar 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
CW (as far as I remember): (view spoiler)
A worthy sequel to The Perfect Assassin, and similar in the way that the MC, Thana, has to solve a mystery, just like Amastan in the first book. I really enjoyed the first, say, two thirds or three quarters of the story. The plot had urgency and a clear direction, and the characters were compelling enough to want to read on. But, just like Amastan in the
Nov 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
I received this book from the publisher via Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.

I somehow missed that this wasn’t a direct follow on from the first book, and I did spend some time missing Amastan 💙💙 I just loved him, okay? But Thana is a great main character and I ended up really enjoying this story too!

It was great to see some of the world outside the town, and venture further afield. And I really felt for poor Thana - she’s not a poor assassin, just had unfortunate circumstances! Plus
Nathan Makaryk
Jan 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic! The Impossible Contract continues all the creative world-building from The Perfect Assassin and adds so much more, taking the story and the consequences so much farther than the first book. If you're new to the series you can certainly start with this book, but since its predecessor is such a fun read as well, I'd recommend picking up them both. The Impossible Contract does a great job of evolving past its own premise, letting the ever-increasing stakes bring the characters and their ...more
Steve Westenra
Aug 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
In so many ways this book felt like it was made for me. I read and loved The Perfect Assassin earlier this year, and adored the blend of fantasy with the pace and structure of a thriller. It offered something new and fresh, while feeling anchored in the characteristic imagination of the best fantasy worlds. The Impossible Contract takes those same elements and expands on them in the best of ways. While the world fans sunk their teeth into in TPA is still there, Doore opens everything up in TIC t ...more
May 29, 2021 rated it really liked it
Rather predictable but also very entertaining
K.A. Black
Sep 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book was a fantastic addition to The Chronicles of Ghadid. Thana is a force to be reckoned with but still comes across as very human when dealing with a budding romance. The romance doesn't weigh down the plot though. Impossible Contract remains high energy and fast-paced through character development, with enough twists to keep interest. As a fan of the first book, I found that Doore kept pace with herself in having her characters leech into your heart so that you care what happens to them ...more
Becca Fowell
Nov 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
After getting to know (and getting attached) to Amastan in book one, we now get the chance to get to know one of his cousins, Thana. Now I loved Amastan and wasn’t sure if I’d like this book without him as the main character, but I was wrong, I fell for Thana pretty darn quickly. Being the Serpents daughter means everyone has really high expectations for her, and I feel so sorry for her that she has to try and live up to her mother’s reputation.

I liked that we got to see outside of Ghadid; The P
Jul 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
3,5* I really enjoyed this book but there's something about the romance and the emotional beats that doesn't work for me. Apart from that this book is a great read! ...more
Oct 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
An intense, twisty plot and characters you love--and love to hate in some cases--make this book one of the most exciting reads of the year.

When Thana's contract goes awry, she finds herself torn between duty, heart, and the greater good. But nothing is black-and-white where power and human nature are concerned, and when the dead rise again, a greater threat looms over a land that doesn't have the first clue what's coming.

KA Doore is a masterful story-teller, and my heart was pounding through bo
Oct 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Book 2 in the Chronicles of Ghadid series, it takes place a few years after the events of the first book, The Perfect Assassin. This time, the story is centered on Thana, cousin to the assassin introduced in the first book. As the Serpent's Daughter, she has a lot to live up to, which is also why she was chosen for a special contract: to kill Heru Sametket, second marabi advisory to the Empress. It seemed simple enough, until the dead became reanimated, and bent on destruction and death. Seeking ...more
Drema Deoraich
Feb 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Thana, novice assassin and daughter of the legendary Serpent of Ghadid, sees a chance to prove herself when she accepts her first contract. Her target, visiting diplomat Heru, holds the power to bind souls to his own purposes. Thana’s strategy seems solid until a new and frightening enemy appears and attacks Heru. Clearly, Thana doesn’t have all the pieces to the contract’s puzzle, and she isn’t the only one trying to kill her mark.

When Heru flees Ghadid for the Empire’s capital, Thana has no ch
Liz (Quirky Cat)
Nov 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received a copy of The Impossible Contract through NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.

The Impossible Contract is the second novel in K.A. Doore’s Chronicles of Ghadid series. And it is just as bright and brilliant as the first novel – if not more so. Set in a fantasy world full of assassins, lose spirits, and magic, this series is one to spark your imagination.
Thana is the daughter of the Serpent, though she wants to become known for something more than her parentage. So w
Katharine (Ventureadlaxre)
Thana is the main character of book two. We saw her first book, often mentioned and seen here and there, but the focus was on Amastan as we saw him do his final trial and become an assassin, then stumble across a murder mystery. Here, the roles are reversed; Amastan is now often mentioned and seen here and there, but Thana, daughter of the most infamous assassin Ghadid has ever known, is the star of the show.

Now old enough to be an assassin in her own right, big things are expected of The Serpen
Oct 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: series, fantasy, lgbt
I picked up The Impossible Contract shortly after reading and enjoying the previous book set in this universe, The Perfect Assassin - I suppose it was a little too much to expect lightning to strike twice as, while I enjoyed this book in the most part, it didn't quite work for me as well.

We start this book a few years after the events of the previous one - the protagonist of that book, Amastan, is mingling with guests at a party having been given the order to assassinate one of them. His par
Sarah Wright
Nov 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
5/5 stars — an edge-of-your-seat fantasy adventure

The second chronicle of Ghadid lives up to its predecessor while introducing a new cast of characters and a mystery with scarily high stakes. The Impossible Contract expands the setting introduced in the previous book, elaborates on the water-based magic system, and continues K.A. Doore's seamless incorporation of queer characters into fantasy stories.

Thana: daughter the famed Serpent of Ghadid, an assassin anxious to prove herself independent o
Jeremiah Stratton
Oct 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thana, is the daughter of a the great serpent, an assassin of legend, who was known more for being ruthless then breaking her contract for love. Thana though is tapped to take a special contract that is set to be her first on her own, and would employ her "special skill set", the mark, a Marabi that is in Ghadid on the business of the Empress. Is this contract as impossible as it sounds. Thana will be pushed to her limits to try to carry it out, but can she even suceed?

SO this is the second book
Sara T.
Jan 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
TLDR; A heartbreaking, relentless story that will have you aching for the characters.

THE IMPOSSIBLE CONTRACT continues K.A. Doore’s brilliant world-building and then throws it all into a whirling devil dervish and begs you to hold on until the end. All of the thirst-inducing setting and intricate social structures of Ghadid are expanded upon, as a new character seizes control of the narrative. Thana is a cousin of Amastan, and a fellow assassin, about to take on her first big contract. Amastan p
May 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Hello Gemmies! I have a new book review to share with you today. The Impossible Contract by K.A. Doore is a wonderful epic fantasy and the second book in the Chronicles of Ghadid trilogy. Let's start with the cover, I love everything about it, the strong young beautiful woman, the colors, the is just bad ass and gorgeous and a perfect compliment to book one!

The Impossible Contract is amazing. I cannot tell you enough how much I loved it! There is heart stopping action throughout! W
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K.A. Doore grew up in Florida, but has since lived in lush Washington, arid Arizona, and cherry-infused-everything Michigan. While recovering from climate whiplash, she has raised chickens, learned entirely too much about property assessment, photographed cacti, and now develops online trainings, none of which has anything to do with – or perhaps has everything to do with – her BA in Classics.


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