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The Dead Cat Tail Assassins – Book Review

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A big thank you to Netgalley for giving me access to The Dead Cat Tail Assassins by P. Djèlí Clark in exchange for an honest review.

The Dead Cat Tail Assassins in a novella with massive Throne of Glass vibes. It tells the story of Eveen the Eviscerator, an undead assassin. The opening of the book gives off a similar sentiment to the short story The Assassin and the Pirate, which is a novella in the Throne of Glass series.

Couldn’t Connect To The Characters

I just could not connect to the characters as it gave off The Assassin and the Pirate vibes which was a story I did not enjoy at all. I’ve read that one twice. Once on New Year’s Eve last year and another tome years ago. Neither time did I like it.

What’s more, I came close several times to DNFing it. I have nothing against the author, his book didn’t do much for me. I know from the Goodreads reviews that people love this novella. The writing is incredibly well done and shows that Clark knew what he was doing when he started penning The Dead Cat Tail Assassins.

The undead main character makes me somewhat uneasy about this whole story. Sure, books like Alice in Zombieland have undead characters, but they’re not the main focus. Very early on in the book, the lead character doesn’t blink and freaks people out.

Finally, there is a time travel component to the book where the lead character discovers her target is a younger version of herself when she was alive.

Also, there is a fair amount of swearing in the story.

Rating: 3 out of 5.
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C.J. Hawkings has written for the now-defunct Entertainment website, Movie Pilot and the still functioning WhatCulture and ScreenRant. She prides herself as a truth seeker and will do (almost) anything for coffee or Coke No Sugar. Oh! And food!

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