Cameo the Assassin (Trilogy of Shadows Series #1)
Author: Dawn McCullough-White
Published: July 16, 2009
Rating: 3 Birds
The Kingdom of Sieunes is rife with taverns, dirty streets, and clay pipe smoking citizens all toiling to feed their families and keep themselves in something little better than rags. With a foiled revolution just ten years prior still burning in the hearts of many, the royals enlist the aid of assassins to keep things in order. The townsfolk entertain themselves by dreaming of better times to come and regaling in stories of the undead said to walk the graveyards at night... and of Cameo the killer with corpse-like eyes...
Scarred and jaded Cameo is one of the most effective assassins in the employ of the Association, moving from one mission to the next as long as the alcohol keeps flowing. Her acceptance of the murder-for-hire lifestyle is thrown into doubt when she meets a local highwayman with a penchant for fine clothes and women, and then she begins to think about breaking with the company but no one ever breaks with the Association under good terms.
My Take: While not fully sold on the book straight away, I wanted to give this one a chance. I actually got into the book pretty quickly – though I have to admit I had no idea what exactly was happening. There was just something about how Dawn McCullough-White wrote each character that drew me in.
Meeting Cameo at first in the story really put her out there like any other girl…well if you consider a normal girl to be some kind of killer. There is really so little truly known about Cameo until getting further in the story.
I have to say, Opal was truly one of my favorites in this story – as was Kyrian. Now, I know others who’ve read the book would say “really, Opal was one of your favorites?!” but I have to say, he just took the cake with outlandish ways that NO one would expect. And then the reason I liked Kyrian – he was so utterly unknown and unpredictable that it was just like “what’s happening here, who is this guy?”
Truth be told, although I didn’t find a real point to this story, following the characters through their plight was fun. You have The Association, which Cameo is part of – and I felt that there should have been more of a back story to that. However, the explanation of Wick (leader to the Association) was really good.
At times, there were events lacking – or points in the story which made me start wondering why I was reading this. The characters were each well written, but the story itself was lacking. I don’t say that to be mean, but just to be fully honest. So despite my love of the characters individually, I had to give this one a 3 for lacking a real plot.
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