A Conjuring of Assassins
A Conjuring of Assassins is Cate Glass's second adventure with the Chimera team, a ragtag crew who use their forbidden magic for the good of the kingdom.
Romy and her three partners in crime—a sword master, a silversmith, and her thieving brother—have embraced their roles as the Shadow Lord's agents, using their forbidden magic to accomplish tasks his other spies cannot....more
I enjoyed this book and was glad to see everyone becoming more familiar with their powers. It was nice to see them work together. It's always great to read fantasy stories mixed with espionage.
I received an ARC copy of this book ...more
The magic is well used to make a riveting story, without any abracadabra but instead a clever demonstration of the difficulties encountered by its users. Romy's special fascinating (and so original!) magic, for instance, is as useful as chilling for its limitations.
The book is rather long and much detailed for a story which unfolds only in a few days, but it ...more
I absolutely love twists and turns and this book was full of them. A family of assassins now turned immediate heroes and discover that the Ambassador's home from simple things could mean death was so outrageously exciting that I could not stop reading this book. The plot was way out of left field and that made me want to read ...more
I really love this series. It feels really fun and refreshing since it's lighter in tone and more fast paced than a lot of what I read. This book really impressed me just as much as the first, though I did prefer the first a little more.
So this series takes place in an Italian inspired world ...more
“Though who can say what love or friendship is when one is bound unconsenting to the other – even when the chains are silk”
A Conjuring of Assassins is the second novel of the Chimera’s, with An Illusion of Thieves being the first in the series.
Like the first, I feel slightly hoodwinked by A Conjuring of Assassins. The first three quarters of the novel are quite arduous to get through, though not unenjoyable, with the last quarter smacking such a punch that you can’t help but feel incredibly ...more
This review is based on an ARC ebook received for free from NetGalley. I am not being paid to review this book and what I write here is my own opinion. My rating scale is below.
This is the second book in a series about a magical crew of folks in a place sort of like Florence where having magical abilities is punishable by death. It picks up very soon after the end of the first book, but readers new to the series aren't left completely out of the loop: Glass (who is really Carol ...more
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this novel from Macmillan-Tor/Forge in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to them and to the author.
I had requested for the ARC of the first book in the Chimera series, An Illusion of Thieves, on a whim and became totally enamored with the characters and the world. So when I saw the second book was also available to be requested from NetGalley, I pounced right on it! The covers ...more
They are in a tavern waiting for Remy to unwind from her assumed illusion. Her magic allows her to become another through her implicit faith that she is that form. Her will so strong, even those close to her see the new envisioned form.
A Conjuring of Assassins finds Romy, Neri, Placidio, and Dumond further developing Chimera, their magical espionage squad in service to the Shadow Lord, Alessandro di Gallanos. They have a current mission to intercept a prisoner going by the name of Cinque, a man with assets that include the Assassin's ...more
Characters: 5 stars
Writing Style: 4 stars
Cover: 5 stars
Enjoyment: 5 stars
Overall: 5 stars
This was a thoroughly enjoyable heist/adventure story. I'm glad that I listened to the audiobook of book 1 (An Illusion of Thieves) before reading this book because I breezed through all the pronunciations that would have tripped me up otherwise.
I loved getting more of the members of the Chimera, as well as seeing them growing in their confidence in their magic and intrigue. Teo was a ...more
Wow. Just wow. A beautiful followup to an already amazing book, Glass knows what she's doing in the world of fantasy. I didn't know what to expect coming into this series, but this second book makes me even more glad to have picked it up; the action and political intrigue is abundant, and at the forefront is a protagonist that I can't help but enjoy. Romy is a fantastically interesting character, and her companions continue to be ...more
I love a heist story and A Conjuring of Assassins well met this need. It begins fairly shortly after where the cracking first novel ends. The newly formed "Chimera" had been enlisted by il Padronne to retrieve a document in the hands of a spy why was due for extradition. Challenges and intrigue ensue.
This is a ...more
This book has so many layers and delicious twists that I had a hard time putting it down. The Chimera characters are all so very rich. Placidio remains my favorite. The ...more
Also, shipping talk that no one cares about:
(view spoiler)[It also looks increasingly like Placidio really is Eduardo's brother, so I'm not getting that ship. Which is a pity, because I got really excited for an m/m ship in this book. There are lots of vague mentions of men and women who sleep with people of the same ...more
I also want to say that the villain and his/their plot was fiendish and chilling. Such a step up from the first ...more
I cannot find any fault to this book, highly recommended.
Many thanks to the publisher and Edelweiss for this ARC, all opinions are mine
Lots of intrigue, carefully twisted plots and a dose of intense action makes this book a marvelous read. Enough hints to the first adventure to catch up anyone who starts here but do go back and enjoy the mastery that is Chimera.
Though Cate's home has a great view of the Colorado Rockies, she has lived a large portion of her life in realms of mystery and adventure - Middle Earth, Camelot, Amber, ...more