*Received a free copy in exchange for an honest review
Seventeen-year-old Zayn has special powers she cannot control—powers that others fear and covet. Powers that cause the Templar Knights to burn Zayn’s mother at the stake for witchcraft. When a mysterious stranger tempts Zayn to become the first female member of the heretical Assassins, the chance to seek her revenge lures her in. She trains to harness her supernatural strength and agility, and then enters the King of Jerusalem's court in disguise with the assignment to assassinate Guy de Molay, her mother’s condemner. But once there, she discovers Earic Goodwin, the childhood friend who still holds her heart, among the knights—and his ocean-blue eyes don’t miss a thing. Will vengeance be worth the life of the one love she has left?
I am not really too sure what or how I feel about this book. On one hand it was pretty freaking cool. I haven't read too many books about a female assassin who is just as fearless and kick-arse as her male counterparts. However, the kick-arse part just wasn't enough to save this book for me. Which is so sad, because I had really high hopes for this one. After reading the blurb I was dying to read this book, but unfortunately the story and the characters just didn't really grab me.
The story was all rather confusing. Zayn has powers in which people want to use and abuse. Of course these people are power hungry. And when her mother is slain for her powers Zayn runs and ends up training as an assassin, where she works tirelessly so that she can seek revenge on the man that forever changed her world. I get that part, I understand it, but there is a lot of flashbacks throughout the telling of the story that I feel didn't really help fill the story. They helped me learn of this character Earic, but unfortunately you don't really meet him until much later in the book. And by the time he graced the pages I was already sort of over the whole thing.
Flashbacks aside, in the beginning of the book we really don't get to see much of Zayn's powers leaving me wondering exactly what her powers were. The things she could do seemed sort of mundane and simple. It wasn't really until the end where we got to see Zayn really use her power. And once we did it was freaking awesome!
I would say I loved the last third of Knight Assassin and if the entire book had been as action packed and exciting as the last third then this would have been one hell of a book. It just took too long to get there. Despite my love of Earic and my desire to see a kick-arse female I just got bored. I didn't really have a connection to the characters or the story that I love to get when I read a book.
The truth is I didn't get lost in this story. I did find some great parts, really great parts, but they were not enough to save this book for me.