If so, do you think your favorite characters like to sneak around, stab, and kill people in order to get money. Are you a fan of cloaks, shadows, and killing people for money? If you said yes to any of the above and you’re looking for a new book to read, look no further. The books on this list are about some of the most badass assassins in the fantasy genre.
A Dance of Cloaks by David Dalglish
In the Underworld, Veldaren is ruled by a group of people. Thieves, smugglers, and assassins are afraid of only one person: the man in the red suit. Thren Felhorn is one of the best assassins of his time. It’s impossible for him to let go of the city’s thieves’ guilds. If he has his way, death will soon come out of the shadows and into the streets. This is what will happen. A son of the thief named Thren, Aaron is being trained to be the next Thren. He is cold and ruthless, which is what an assassin should be like. During the fight to save a priest’s daughter from his own guild, Aaron sees a world that isn’t poisons, knives, or the iron rule his father has. It doesn’t matter if you kill or protect; every decision has consequences.
The Book of Jhereg by Steven Brust
Vlad Taltos is a mobster and a killer in the magical city of Adrilankha. Taltos is a member of the Great House of Jhereg, which is named after the tiny dragon-like creatures that live in Dragaera. He gets the biggest contract of his life, but the job is even more difficult than he thought it would be.
Graceling by Kristin Cashore
The Gracelings, who are very rare in Katsa’s land, are people who can kill people with their hands. Katsa can do this because she was eight years old and is one. To live in privilege, she should be the king’s niece. Because of her skills at killing, the king’s thug makes her do that job.
She never thought she would fall in love with the beautiful Prince Po. She doesn’t think she’ll ever find out the truth about her Grace or the terrible secret that’s hidden far away. A secret that could destroy all seven kingdoms with words alone.
Age of Assassins by RJ Barker
Nobody in Girton Club-family foot’s cares for him. He has a broken leg and is learning to be an assassin from the best in the land. In the past, he’s been learning how to kill people. This time, he has a much more difficult task: to save a life. One of the prince’s successors is being killed by someone. Girton must find out who is a traitor so that he can stop him and save his brother from being killed. Find friends he didn’t expect, responsibilities you didn’t want, and a conspiracy that could destroy an entire kingdom. This is what Girton finds in a kingdom on the brink of civil war and in a castle full of lies.
Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
In the salt mines of Endovier, Celaena Sardothien, an 18-year-old assassin, worked for a year to pay for her crimes. She was then brought before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian wants to give her freedom, but he wants her to be his champion in a competition to find a new royal killer. People from all over the empire are competing against her. Each one is sponsored by a member of the King’s Council. If she wins a series of eliminations, she will serve the kingdom for four years and then be free. Celaena enjoys her training sessions with the captain of the guard, Westfall. They are both hard and exciting. But she doesn’t like court life. When the prince starts to show interest in her, things start to get a little more interesting. The gruff Captain Westfall seems to be the one who knows her the best.
In the end, one of the other contestants is found dead. quickly, there was another. Celaena has to figure out who the killer is before she gets hurt. As the young assassin tries to figure out what happened, she comes across a bigger fate than she could have ever dreamed of.
The Way of Shadows by Brent Weeks
Durzo Blint sees assassination as a form of art, and he is the city’s best artist. His skills are needed from the alleyway to the courtly boudoir. For Azoth, it’s always a risk to stay alive, and you never take it for granted. A guild rat has lived in the slums and learned to judge people quickly. He also learned to take risks. It could be a risk for him to become an apprentice to Durzo Blint. So, Azoth must give up his old life and take on a new one. Kylar Stern is an assassin, and he has to learn how to deal with dangerous politics and strange magics. He also has to learn how to be good at killing.
Heroes Die by Matthew Stover
Caine is known as the Blade of Tyshalle in the land of Ankhana. He has killed a lot of people, including kings and commoners, bad guys and good guys. I can’t stop him. He’s relentless, and he’s the best at what he does. At home on Earth, Caine is Hari Michaelson, a huge star whose adventures in Ankhana are watched by billions of people. Yet he is bound by a rigid caste system, forced to ignore the fact that he kills men on another planet for the entertainment of his own planet, and forced to keep his rage in check. He has crossed the line. In the Ankhana slums, his wife, Pallas Rill, has gone missing. It is the most dangerous game of cat and mouse he has ever played in his life to save her. He has to play against the most treacherous rulers of two worlds to get her back.