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Cameo the Assassin

(Trilogy of Shadows #1)

3.32  ·  Rating details ·  225 ratings  ·  46 reviews
Sometimes the anti-hero is the only hero you can find.

Scarred and jaded Cameo is one of the most formidable assassins in the employ of the Association. She moves from one mission to the next as long as the alcohol keeps flowing, until the day she meets two dashing highwaymen who unwittingly throw in with the dangerous and otherworldly Cameo. But that's really where the sto
Kindle Edition, 200 pages
Published June 12th 2010 by Smashwords Edition (first published July 14th 2009)
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Robert Duperre
Jul 12, 2010 rated it it was amazing
At the end of the day, the art of writing fiction comes down to simply this: telling a good story. Sometimes there are other aspects involved, other points to be made. Yet, if those points of contention aren’t held within the framework of a tale interesting enough for the reader to endeavor, they will be words used for naught. They will remain unread.

More on this later.

First of all, it’s synopsis time. Cameo the Assassin is the story of, well, an assassin named Cameo. She is a woman with eyes wh
Jen Davis
May 22, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
Cameo the Assassin is set in a past/alternative world that is both dark and bleak. As the story begins, Cameo is clinging to life, after a brutal rape and attack. But a vampire steps in and keeps her from succumbing. She survives, in a manner of speaking. She becomes the vampire's thrall, half-living, half-undead.

Years later, she has become an assassin. In the course of a hit, her path crosses with two highwaymen who rob her carriage. She lets them escape, but tracks one down later to get her th
Jul 27, 2011 rated it did not like it
Shelves: read-in-2011
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May 01, 2011 rated it it was ok
This is the first novel written by Dawn McCullough-White. Cameo the Assassin takes us to the world of darkness, highwaymen, and assassins.


Meet Cameo. She is an assassin who is very efficient at her work. She is feared, there are scary stories told about her, she is drinking a lot, she is beautiful, but there is something weird about her. She died violently and was brought back to life by Haffef, who gave her back her existence, but not as a human anymore. I liked Cameo, because under
Debra Martin
Sep 11, 2010 rated it really liked it
I bought this book back in July and finally had some time to read it. If you’re looking for a classic good vs. evil book, you won’t find it here. What you will find is a story full of action, surprising twists and turns and a cast of interesting and complicated characters.

The story opens up with horrific attack upon Cameo when she was a young girl. While she lay dying, a mysterious stranger, Haffef, comes upon the scene, heals her in his own unique way and her life is forever changed. Fast forwa
Wendy Hines
Jun 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
Cameo opens up with a tragedy that will stay with you for the remainder of the novel. Gwen "Cameo" is dying, her little sister is dead and she has just been brutally raped, stabbed and beaten. She lives, but she is never the same. She refuses to part with the cameo brooch, all that is left from her mother, and hence how she gets her name. Her eyes remain filmed like a corpse and she is very pale. She joins the Association, a group of Assassins that do work for the nobles. Cameo is one of the bes ...more
Jaidis Shaw
Nov 24, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I recently finished reading Cameo and the Assassin by Dawn McCullough-White and I must say that I thoroughly enjoyed it from beginning to end. The characters are well defined and relatable which is an important part of any story. I was pulled into Cameo's world, wanting to learn more about her and what makes her tick. Having found herself working as one of the best assassins for The Association, Cameo lives day to day killing for a living. Just when she thinks her life is repeating the same patt ...more
Oct 01, 2010 marked it as to-read
Shelves: paranormal, thriller
Jaunt through the graveyard anyone?
Read for your future!
Dec 13, 2010 rated it really liked it
Sep 06, 2012 rated it liked it
The characters drew me into CAMEO THE ASSASSIN, and though I hated the ending, the novel was an entertaining read, and a nice break from physical perfection and honorable heroes.

Characters: **** 4 Stars
It was nice for once to have characters who aren’t physically perfect, or even very desirable. The author did a great job making me feel connected to these imperfect people and able to relate to their foibles.

Cameo is a coldly compassionate assassin, with dead gray eyes to match. She has a fairy t
Deea (Andreea)
Mar 27, 2011 rated it really liked it
Review initially posted on my blog at Deea's Journal

It took me longer than usual to read this book because it's a little out of my comfy zone (different from the books I usually read), but I'm very glad I read it. It's a very original and interesting Dark Fantasy novel which offered me a perfect escape from all the fantasy and paranormal books coming out lately!

Cameo, the Assassin, was a fast paced, full of action read. The mystery and the suspense kept me interested and eager to know what happ
Nov 28, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: celia-can-read
Storyline: Cameo the Assassin is a truly fang-tastic novel by Ms. Dawn McCullough-White!
Cameo is an assassin for hire and she’s good at her job. Very good. She is also the stuff of local legends and frightening children’s rhymes. Her story begins after she receives an atypical assassination assignment and a chance encounter leads to unexpected changes in her “typical” assassin routine. Cameo manages to make friends and make new enemies when she becomes the target of an attempted assassination.
Jun 06, 2011 rated it liked it
Strong Bones, Weak Flesh

Cameo is a legend, an assassin mother's tell their children will slay them if they don't behave. But when a botched job leaves her a wanted fugitive alongside a pair of eccentric highwaymen her status as a merciless murderer for money is tested. Falling in with the poetic Bellamy and foppish Black Opal their exploits lead them on a less-than-merry adventure through forrest and tavern. Charged with bringing a young acolyte to his temple in exchange for silence regarding he
I have to say that I’m a bit disappointed in this read because it came so highly recommended. Not that is wasn’t a perfectly decent story, but it didn’t come remotely close to meeting my built up expectations. Cameo, is an assassin hired by the association and Wick to kill whomever they feel needs to be taken out. But Cameo’s true Master is a Vampire named Hafeff, of whose bidding she must do, no questions asked. But when Cameo is sent to kill Black Opal and his sidekick Bellamy, she kills her f ...more
Aug 08, 2011 rated it really liked it
Cameo the Assassin is, for lack of a better or more descriptive term, fun. It's an adventurous fantasy with lots of traveling, highwaymen, assassins, and political mysteries and drama that plague our characters' every steps. I was reminded of the Poison series, not necessarily because of similarities of plot or characters, but because of the sense of scale of the story. I definitely got the feeling with this story that there is truly a whole world to be explored and that we're only seeing a smal ...more
Mishel Forte
Apr 03, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: for-review, e-book
My Rating: 3.25/5 stars!

Cameo the Assassin is definitely a nice breath of fresh air in the dark fantasy/paranormal realm. Unique and entertaining, the first book looks to be a great opening into a very interesting series. I did have a few minor issues with the writing-style and technical execution. However, the characters are enjoyable, the storyline is fast-paced and engaging, and I’m looking forward to starting book two.

Cameo has a few dimensions to her character although she is very one-note
May 01, 2011 rated it really liked it
GENRE: Dark Urban Fantasy
THEME: Zombie/Vampire
RECEIVED: From Author
AUTHOR: Dawn McCullough-White

I was pretty surprised when I read Cameo; it was a different style from the normal PNR and Urban Fantasy that I normally read. The beginning was brilliantly written with immediately putting the reader into this horrible scene where our lead character is dealing with a pretty extreme situation. The first bit was intriguing, introducing a dark mysterious
Apr 29, 2011 rated it really liked it
*There may be spoilers*
This book was so mysterious. In a really good way! I really, really enjoyed it. Cameo is so complex. When I started out the book, I just thought of her in a very one-dimensional way; as a killer. But as the story progresses you keep unraveling more parts of her past and she just becomes so much more real and interesting! I really liked her, I was surprised by how compassionate she was.

Black Opal was such a strange guy. He was peculiar, but I liked that about him. I can’t
Heather Book Savvy Babe
Jun 17, 2011 rated it really liked it
Cameo the Assassin is quite an intriguing novel. Dawn McCullogh-White combines paranormal elements, such as vampires and witches, with a fantasy world, creating an engrossing and unique read. I have always admired the strong female heroines, and Cameo the Assassin delivers. There is much more to this story than action and assassinations, I felt the emotional pull of the characters and the settings.

The nature of the assassins, the Association, and it's leader is unique and creative. I found myse
Dec 20, 2010 rated it really liked it

Cameo the Assasin

By: Dawn McCullough-White

Kingdom of Sieunes is rife with taverns, dirty streets, and clay pipe smoking citizens all toiling to feed their families and keep themselves in something little better than rags. With a foiled revolution just ten years prior still burning in the hearts of many, the royals enlist the aid of assassins to keep things in order. The townsfolk entertain themselves by dreaming of better times to come and regaling in stories of the undead said to wa
Mar 27, 2011 rated it really liked it
Cameo the Assassin took me by surprise. I was expecting a run-of-the-mill vamp novel and it didn't deliver that! What I got was a steampunk-esque (though I'm not sure I'd qualify it completely as Steampunk) story about a ghoul, I mean girl, who's a hired killer-with-a-soul for the Association (dun-dun-duuuuun!). I've never read a Zombie book before, and while the novel is careful to not bandy about that term (certainly, Cameo, our daring lead character doesn't like it), it certainly fits.
Dawn Mc
Jan 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I was offered to read Cameo the Assassin by Dawn McCullough White by inkspand in exchange for an honest review.
Cameo and Clovis Gail DePell- the assassins and Black Opal and Bellamy- highwaymen are pinned for the murder the prince by the leader of the assassins, Wick. The only problems with that is, Cameo secretly assassinated the prince and Cameo, Black Opal and Bellamy killed Gail in self defense.
Although Opal is somewhat of a drunk dandy, he obviously has feelings for Cameo, even after he rea
Cameo the Assassin opens with a heart-rending scene; a woman is lying in a field after a brutal attack that left her little sister dead, she herself clinging to life. As she’s lying there in her own thoughts, a man comes and bites her, and suddenly she finds the strength to flee.
Several years later Cameo, a well-known assassin with a group known as the Associates, is given an assignment: to kill Leon Belfour, Prince of Sieunes, and heir to the throne. On her way to do the dirty deed

Cameo’s coa
I had high hopes for this book, but was disappointed and did not finish.

The writing style is odd. Everything is told in extremely clinical fashion with barely any color or life. There is no explanation given for any action or internal monologue whatsoever; the characters are flat paper dolls being put through their paces in a puppet show. Much like Coke that has gone stale, the narrative style is flat and dull, and feels like reading a dusty news article in a banker's journal.

I persevered for
Diana Ridout
Feb 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Everything about this book screamed 'don't read me' - the genre, the style, the period, the characters - yet from the first paragraph I was totally under it's spell. It hooked me with the magic that an Enid Blyton did when I was a child and I read and read this strangely alluring fantasy, spellbound and enthralled. The characters are vivid and well formed and the dialogue flowed in the way that I am sure vampires and un-dead and highway men the world over must speak. The author rarely 'told' and ...more
May 13, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was such a fun romp! Perfect book to break the monotony of reading the same genre.

The setting of the story is some sort of fantasy/alternative history with kings, aristocracy, knights, sun cult, assassins and plenty of superstitions and fairy-tales.

Cameo is an assassin whose mission goes all wrong after a highwayman stops the carriage she is travelling in. A unique sort of circumstances brings Cameo and Black Opal (the highwayman) together on a very dangerous journey, losing and acquiring f
Pavarti Tyler
Jan 21, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, for-review
Book One in The Trilogy of Shadows was interesting. The authors take on vampires was one I'm not used to seeing. Unfortunately, this also meant that it was something I didn't immediately understand. I spent the first half of the book trying to figure out why Cameo wasn't being a vampire since she'd been turned into one. I mean why didn't she defend herself?? Turns out, she wasn't. She's an imorotal "Thrall" of a vampire. This means she received just enough vampiric blood to make her undead but n ...more
Richard Jackson
Nov 04, 2010 rated it it was amazing
This is one of those books that rewards the reader for paying attention. From start to finish, there is a lot going. There is no point where the story drags. Its pace is smooth. The plot is in constant motion, driven by the characters.

The characters especially Cameo are complex and detailed. Each one has a past and background that plays a part in the story adding depth to it. There are characters that you will love, some that you will hate and a couple that will be a mystery to you. They are all
Sarah (Workaday Reads)
Cameo is an assassin for hire with corpse-like eyes. She's the source of stories that parents used to scare their kids into behaving. Everything is going normally until she meets with a highwayman dandy who sees her as a woman and not a killer.

This story was a pleasant surprise. Reading the synopsis, I had no idea it was about vampires or zombies. But they do feature in the story. In a fascinating and great way.

Cameo is a fully developed character. She is more than just a killer, and her true pe
Pauline Creeden
Jan 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In another book review I called Dawn McCullough-White the champion of the anti-hero for her book, The Emblazoned Red. In this one, she one-ups it. With characters who are full of baggage, checkered pasts, and flaws, they are almost unlikeable...until they become likeable. Even though they are labeled villains, they are often full of charitable acts that turn the reader's heart.

And the plot? Full of so many twists and unexpected turns that one shocking moment made my jaw drop. The author has such
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