ment in LaFevers’ His Fair Assassin trilogy. Sybella balances her warrior calling and her capacity for empathy, all the while being an assassin of Death. Characters run the gamut of kindness to evil incarnate and each is quite skillfully portrayed.
Sybella is sent home by the same nuns who trained her to become an assassin. Desperate to kill her nefarious father but unable to, as he hasn’t been marked for death, Sybella does all she can to squash and derail his plans of murder and mayhem. When she receives word from the nuns that there’s someone imprisoned within her father’s quarters, she must risk it all to save his life. (HOUGHTON MIFFLIN HARCOURT, Apr., 400 pp., $17.99, ISBN: 9780547628387, HC, 16 & Up)