Author: Sarah Ahiers
Release Date: February 2, 2016
Formats: Hardcover, eBook, audiobook
In the kingdom of Lovero, nine rival Families of assassins lawfully kill people for a price. As a highly skilled member of one of these powerful clans, seventeen-year-old Lea Saldana has always trusted in the strength of her Family. Until she awakens to find them murdered and her home in flames. The Da Vias, the Saldanas’ biggest enemy, must be responsible—and Lea should have seen it coming. But her secret relationship with the Da Vias’ son, Val, has clouded her otherwise killer instinct—and given the Da Vias more reason than ever to take her Family down. Racked with guilt and shattered over Val’s probable betrayal, Lea sets out to even the score, with her heart set on retaliation and only one thought clear in her mind: make the Da Vias pay. With shades of The Godfather and Romeo and Juliet, this richly imagined fantasy from debut author Sarah Ahiers is a story of love, lies, and the ultimate vengeance.
Sarah Ahiers is working towards an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults and lives in Minnesota with three dogs and a house full of critters. She has a collection of steampunk hats and when she’s not writing she fills her time with good games, good food, good friends and good family. Sarah writes Young Adult and Middle Grade novels and occasionally dabbles in Picture Books. Fantasy is her favorite genre, though she sometimes can be found playing around with Horror and other things that go bump in the night. Sarah’s debut novel, ASSASSIN’S HEART (HarperTeen, February 2nd, 2016) is a Young Adult Fantasy. In the Kingdom of Lovero, where families of assassins lawfully kill people for the right price, seventeen-year-old Oleander “Lea” Saldana sets out on a path of vengeance against the most powerful assassin family of all. She is represented by Mollie Glick of Foundry Literary & Media.
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WHY ALESSIO (LES) WOULD MAKE THE NEXT BEST DOCTOR WHO COMPANION
Okay, yeah, we’re going here. Let’s start by talking a bit about gender.
Why is the Doctor’s companion always a woman? I mean, come on. We all know Rory wouldn’t have been there without Amy. And Jack doesn’t count because he’s only a companion for an episode here or there (but man, what great episodes, right?) (Also, I’m focusing mostly on Doctors nine and up. I haven’t seen much of the old school doctors).
So, yeah. I mean, having women as companions is great because we have chances for those women to maybe kick some butt and be the most awesome companion ever (Donna, anyone??) But, mostly, the Doctor does the butt kicking and the companions just swoon over him (another reason to love Donna—her lack of swooning) and I don’t think it would hurt to maybe have a guy be a companion for more than a one-off episode and more than because he’s there hanging out with his girlfriend who secretly loves the Doctor instead (*cough* Mickey *cough*)(also, guy swooning could be great too)
So, okay. Let’s say for one fun season the Doctor decides that maybe he could use a bromance or could have like a dude along to stop him from being monstrous and letting the universe descend into entropy.
I think it could be Les from ASSASSIN’S HEART.
Hear me out on this.
Les is great. He’s fun. He genuinely likes people. He is also super gung-ho to try new things and learn about new ways of life and new cultures. Les would be the perfect companion to the Doctor because when the doctor holds out his hand and says “come with me if you want to live . . .” wait. Okay, back up.
When the Doctor turns to him and says “my space box is bigger on the inside than the outside and it travels through space and time, do you want to come with and have adventures?”
Les’s response would be “just let me grab a cloak because I bet space is cold” and off they’d go. And they’d meet strange aliens who are actually really just people and would save lives or be sad about the lives they can’t save and then they’d return home all the better.
And if the cybermen or daleks or other monster shows up, Les could just stab them. Because he’s assassin and that’s how he rolls.