Death marked her from her very first breath. Being sired by a Madrid is supposed to be a blessing, but for Tempest, it's a curse that leaves her orphaned, penniless, and enslaved to a blood thirsty crown on the brink of war. Found too unruly to become a ward of the court, she's thrust into the care of the King's Hounds - the assassins and warriors responsible for protecting the kingdom. Driven by rage and an oath to avenge her mother's memory, Tempest throws herself into training. But becoming the first ever female assassin isn't enough. Now, she must obtain the heart of her kingdom's most feared enemy - the jester - a deadly shapeshifter hidden in a land twisted by myth and darkness. Revenge is never easy or cheap. Tempest is willing to sacrifice everything to see justice served. Even her own soul and freedom. Enter the world of the Twisted Kingdoms at your own risk where monsters wear pretty masks, good and evil are at war, and fairy tales don't exist. If you love fiery heroines, sexy villains, enemies-to-lovers romance, pulse-pounding action, mafia undertones, and dark fairy tales, you need to discover the new series readers are comparing to Holly Blacks's Cruel Prince and Leigh Bardugo's Six of Crows.
The story: Tempest is our fierce heroine who wants nothing more than to become the first female house - one of the King’s personal soldiers. She’s been raised by the hounds and considers them uncles. But once she’s in, the king sets her off on a quest she might not be ready for.
He wants her to kill.
What I loved: The relationship Tempest has with the hounds is adorable and endearing. They truly care about each other. For the most part, Tempest is a wonderful character. The book is written with vivid imagery that keeps hold of you until the end. And such an end!!
What was just okay: The pacing feels a little slow. It kept me from reading it in one sitting. But if that’s all I had issue with, then it’s a pretty darn good book.
Final Verdict: A beautifully written tale weaving so many moving parts together effortlessly. You can’t go wrong with this one.