The Impossible Contract is the second book in K. A. Doore's high fantasy adventure series the Chronicles of Ghadid, where a determined assassin travels to the heart of the Empire in pursuit of a powerful mark, for fans of Robin Hobb, Sarah J. Maas, and S. A. Chakraborty
An assassin’s reputation can mean life or death.
This holds especially true for Thana Basbowen, daughter of the legendary Serpent, who rules over Ghadid’s secret clan of assassins. When a top-tier contract drops in her lap — death orders against foreign ambassador Heru Sametket — Thana seizes the opportunity.
Yet she may be in over her head. Heru wields blasphemous powers against his enemies, and Thana isn’t the only person after his life: even the undead pursue him, leaving behind a trail of horror. Her mission leads her on a journey to the heart of a power-hungry empire, where dangers lurk around every corner. Her only ally is Mo, a determined healer set to protect Ghadid any way she can.
As further occult secrets are unleashed, however, the aftermath of this impossible contract may be more than anyone can handle.
The Chronicles of Ghadid
#1: The Perfect Assassin
#2: The Impossible Contract
#3: The Unconquered City
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The gutsy heroine of the second stand-alone high fantasy in Doore's Chronicles of Ghadid series (after The Perfect Assassin) embarks on a heart-pounding adventure through an inviting, richly imagined world. Thana Basbowen is a young assassin in the city of Ghadid, working her first contract with her cousin Amastan, the protagonist of the previous book. Their assignment is to take down Heru Sametket, an ambassador sent by the Mehewret Empress, who claims Ghadid as her territory but whose command has never been acknowledged by the city's ruling Drum Chiefs. Machiavellian to the core, Heru wields blasphemous magic and will stop at nothing to consolidate the Empress's power. When Thana and Heru are attacked by zombies of unknown origin during a confrontation, both turn to a young healer named Mo to patch up their wounds. The three lurch into a reluctant, squabbling collaboration to figure out why the dead are rising. Though the fight scenes and gradually accumulated team of allies create a role playing game like feel, the tension between characters keeps the story grounded. New readers and series fans alike will be hooked by this triumphant fantasy adventure.