The Impossible Contract

Tor. (Chronicles of Ghadid, Bk. 2). Nov. 2019. 368p. ISBN 9780765398574. pap. $17.99; ebk. ISBN 9780765398581. FANTASY
Given the opportunity to prove herself as an assassin, and in so doing, step out of the shadow of her mother, the legendary Serpent of Ghadid, Thana Basbowen takes a high-profile—and high-paying—contract against Heru Sametket, ambassador to the Empress of the Mehewret Empire. Success would prove she is a worthy successor to her mother; failure could cost Thana her work. But Heru is a marabi, wielding power that is blasphemous to Thana, and all of Ghadid. It also turns out that Thana is not the only one trying to end his life—hideous undead are pursuing him, too. This leads to a cat-and-mouse chase to the heart of the empire, with Thana accompanied by healer Mo, who is looking for truth in the turmoil. That truth will not only damage the burgeoning relationship between Thana and Mo but also unleash old secrets and magic that could destroy Thana’s work and all of Ghadid.
VERDICT Doore’s second novel (after The Perfect Assassin) continues the lush worldbuilding and inclusive characters of the first, while establishing exciting action- and emotion-filled sequences that will keep readers engaged.

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