There is bleak austere world building, cold calculation and profound significant hints for books 2&3. It all induces a weary shrug at the latest cruelly demeaning thing to befall Mia. The only thing of note about this book was the cynically amusing footnotes. This disappointed. It had mournful notes but covered no emotional territory as Mia is focused, pragmatic and resolute as she plans to face manifest evil. Smug assassins are rather fond of themselves and nobody is good, brave, decent, pensive or regretful.
Everyone is insufferably miserable, into circuitous utterances, self-abasesment, self-contempt, psychological devastation and venomous loathing. I didn’t care about this inadequate book or Mia’s showy revenge.
“Those who try and fail, die. No mercy. No exception.”
“Begin cutting off pieces off of his sister until his behaviour improves.”