Assassin's Gambit

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Assassin's Gambit

The Hearts and Thrones Series

Assassin’s Gambit is the first in the new Hearts and Thrones series, and is an exquisite debut novel. The scope of the novel is, to be totally honest, epic, as it roams through counties and territories, introducing us to dozens of strong and dynamic characters. The setting is beautiful, and the storyline is one that will instantly attract readers searching for everything from a sizzling romance to a vast adventure filled with mystery, intrigue, and murder. I am eagerly awaiting the next book in the series, Spy’s Honor, to see where it takes Vitala, the saucy female lead, Lucien, the deposed emperor of their vast country, and Celeste, Lucian’s beautiful and naïve younger sister.

Vitala Salonius is on the mission of a lifetime. As an assassin for the rogue Obsidian Circle, Vitala is on a mission to kill the emperor, Lucien. As vastly prepared as she is, nothing she has prepared for can make her ready for the reality of being in his company. A brilliant tactician, Lucien is an emperor who is vastly misunderstood by the majority of his country, including by Vitala. She expects a shallow despot. His reality is very different and enigmatic. As Vitala moves through Lucien’s circle, trying to figure out the best time and place for his assassination, the world around her is changing in very unexpected and terrifying ways. And when the world as they both know it collapses, Vitala must learn to trust in Lucien and he in her, and together they must learn to survive in a harsh new reality.

Book Blurb for Assassin's Gambit

Vitala Salonius, champion of the warlike game of Caturanga, is as deadly as she is beautiful. She’s a trained assassin for the resistance, and her true play is for ultimate power. Using her charm and wit, she plans to seduce her way into the emperor’s bed and deal him one final, fatal blow, sparking a battle of succession that could change the face of the empire. As the ruler of a country on the brink of war and the son of a deposed emperor, Lucien must constantly be wary of an attempt on his life. But he’s drawn to the stunning Caturanga player visiting the palace. Vitala may be able to distract him from his woes for a while—and fulfill other needs, as well. Lucien’s quick mind and considerable skills awaken unexpected desires in Vitala, weakening her resolve to finish her mission. An assassin cannot fall for her prey, but Vitala’s gut is telling her to protect this sexy, sensitive man. Now she must decide where her heart and loyalties lie and navigate the dangerous war of politics before her gambit causes her to lose both Lucien and her heart for good.…

Night Owl Reviews Apr, 2013 4.50