Zayn kept her eyes lowered as she walked, her heart thumping.----------
ARC via Netgalley----------
March 4, 2014----------
4 bows out of 5----------
I fell in love with Rima Jean fantastical historical fiction novel. Set in ancient Israel/Syria, Rima puts a magical twist on a man-dominated society. The characters jumped off the page and the scenery was well described. I really hope to more of Zayn and Earic to see more of their adventures after the story ends.
Zayn's mother is burned before her eyes and she seeks revenge against the man who ordered her death. Junaid comes offering to train her in the ways of the Assassins and promising vengeance if she comes with him. Zayn must learn to overcome the depression that hits her often and learn to trust people again. Zayn is impulsive and strong-willed. Her spirit and bravery were enjoyable to read about. Her determination is admirable.
Earic is a kind-hearted Christian who befriended Zayn when they were young. He does not want to become a Templar Knight but does so out of necessity. He is gracious and kind and mysteriously strong. I liked seeing Earic and Zayn rekindle their friendship from their younger years.
It was interesting seeing the dynamics between Muslims and Christians, Franks and Syrians in the novel. Both groups hate each other, yet they find themselves with the same enemy. The relationship between men and women was another interesting dynamic. Ancient Middle-East was definately a male-dominated society. Zayn's mother, Miriam, was a single-mother and was scorned for that and called a whore among other things. I hope that you guys like reading about these relationships, too.
If you like historical fiction and don't mind it having a fantasy element, Knight Assassin is definitely for you.