Her Name is Knight by Yasmin Angoe

Her Name is Knight by Yasmin Angoe
Nena Knight series, book 1
Publisher: Thomas and Mercer
Genre: Contemporary, Action/Adventure, Mystery/Suspense/Thriller
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Nymphaea

Stolen from her Ghanaian village as a child, Nena Knight has plenty of motives to kill. Now an elite assassin for a powerful business syndicate called the Tribe, she gets plenty of chances.

But while on assignment in Miami, Nena ends up saving a life, not taking one. She emerges from the experience a changed woman, finally hopeful for a life beyond rage and revenge. Tasked with killing a man she’s come to respect, Nena struggles to reconcile her loyalty to the Tribe with her new purpose.

Meanwhile, she learns a new Tribe council member is the same man who razed her village, murdered her family, and sold her into captivity. Nena can’t resist the temptation of vengeance―and she doesn’t want to. Before she can reclaim her life, she must leverage everything she was and everything she is to take him down and end the cycle of bloodshed for good.

She’s beautiful and she’s dangerous, but she’s the one you want on your side when you need a heroine.

This is the first book by Yasmin Angoe and while at times it reads like an initial novel, it’s still gripping. I read this over the course of a few days and while there were moments I could put it down, I needed to know what would happen next.

Nena is a complicated figure. She’s been through a lot. As in, there are a lot of triggers that might upset some readers, the violence, the killing, the abuse…it’s not pretty and can be a bit extreme, but it’s the life she’s lived through. I have to admit the violence was a bit much for me, but that doesn’t mean it won’t be too much for other readers. Just be warned.

I liked how Nena grew and changed through this book. The author took what could’ve been the standard assassin trope and made it fresh. I’m not heavy into thriller books, but this one satisfied me.

If you’re looking for a heroine that’s out of the norm in the best way, who has a past and isn’t afraid to face it and a story that’s packed with action, then this might be the book for you.

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