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The Impossible Contract

(The Chronicles of Ghadid #2)

4.30  ·  Rating details ·  118 ratings  ·  57 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 Ghadids secret clan of assassins. Opportunity to prove herself
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 of
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 didnt 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 Ive never read two books in the same series that had such different
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
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. Its so refreshing to read in a world where were used to only male characters being
c, (½ of readsrainbow)
I had to stop her. I had to save you. I couldnt 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
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
Marta Cox
Oct 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
I havent 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 theres a catch ! Her target has magic, knowledge and just happens to be more than ready for Thana. Still shes not giving up easily but what if she needs him alive ?
I quite liked Thana as shes resourceful and determined but boy is she out of her depth ! Her target Heru is arrogant, annoying and
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 wasnt 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 - shes 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 ...more
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 ...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 wasnt sure if Id 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 mothers reputation.

I liked that we got to see outside of Ghadid; The
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
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
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. Thanas strategy seems solid until a new and frightening enemy appears and attacks Heru. Clearly, Thana doesnt have all the pieces to the contracts puzzle, and she isnt the only one trying to kill her mark.

When Heru flees Ghadid for the Empires capital, Thana has no choice
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. Doores 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 when
Oct 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, series, 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
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
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 of
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. Doores 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
Breanna Teintze
Sep 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
After reading The Perfect Assassin, the first book in K.A. Doores Chronicles of Ghadid series, I knew I wanted to read The Impossible Contract as soon as I could. So I was thrilled when I was able to request the title on NetGalley.

(Full disclosure: I received this book for free from the publisher via NetGalley in return for an honest review. All thoughts are my own!)

And boy, friends, do I have thoughts.

It was great fun coming back to the city of Ghadid. Doores thirsty, meticulously engineered
I received an advance copy from the publisher via Netgalley for review purposes. This in no way influences my review; all words, thoughts, and opinions are my own.

Content notes:
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The Impossible Contract is a wild ride! Thana is an assassin, the daughter of the
Well, this story certainly didn't suffer from middle book syndrome.

The setting is just as gorgeous as before. I love the descriptions and how real it all feels; such the constant focus on water or realistic travel times. The story builds upon the prior knowledge we have on the assassin business and the magic, the jaani, and the healers in an even more interesting way and never lets it get boring.
I am still in awe of the world Doore has created.

We widen our horizon from the city of Ghadid to the
Nov 08, 2019 rated it liked it
Three conflicts stand in the way of Thanas success. 1) A powerful entity has created an army of the undead who are pursuing Thana and any others who stand in its way. 2) Heru has dark powers himself that he will use to fend off Thana. 3) Something I loved. The action will leave the heights of Ghadid and the Thana will be forces to hunt her mark across the sands to the capital.

A Couple Minor Spoilers Below

The Impossible Contract hums along nicely for the first half of the story. Theres so many
Kristi Wright
Dec 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Riveting Adventure, Gorgeous World-building, High Stakes, Lovely F/F Romance:

The Impossible Contract is Book 2 in the Chronicles of Ghadid trilogy. It can be read stand-alone, but I'm glad I read the first book (The Perfect Assassin) too. Book 1 was its own riveting adventure, and it also introduced us to Ghadid, a complex desert society with a unique form of justice. For me, having that background was a plus! In The Impossible Contract, assassin Thana takes on a contract that is all sorts of
Jo Ladzinski
Nov 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: net-galley, friends
Read my NetGalley eArc

Doore knocks it out of the desert once again with another captivating mystery that takes us beyond the pylons of Ghadid, out into a desert, and to some new locations, featuring the undead, very good camels, a snarky healer, and a jackass.

Thana gets assigned to take out a marab who instead of decoupling jaan from their bodies, he couples them to other bodies. The attempt goes disastrously. The mark, Heru, takes the curmudgeonly healer, Mo, with him across the desert back to
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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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