• Book Review: The Perfect Assassin by K. A. Doore

    Title: The Perfect Assassin Author: K.A. Doore Publisher: Tor Books Publication date: March 19, 2019 Genre: Fantasy Summary: By day, Amastan is an apprentice scribe. By night, he is one of the Basbowen family’s newest assassins. Serving as the knife of Ghadid, the assassins only kill when there is a contract. Fortunately for Amastan, who is unwilling to take a life, there are no contracts.  Thinking himself safe from having to kill someone, he continues to train with his cousins and unexpectedly comes across the hidden body of a Drum Chief, one of the leaders of Ghadid. The Drum Chiefs decide it will be the Basbowen family’s job to find…

  • Glimmer, part 16

    Eddara City Explosives Lab, Eddara City Schuyler looked around. It wasn’t the sort of lab he had expected. There were no tables, but there were plenty of computers. Devices of all sorts were lying around, none of them touching. The scientists were not wearing the usual white coats, but silver body suits with Cryma-Crystal masks. The seven scientists turned to look at him in surprise as he appeared in their midst. All of them stilled immediately. “What is this place?” Schuyler asked. “It’s the Glimmer,” one of the scientists whispered to no one in particular. Several of the other scientists nodded jerkily, all too frightened to move. “What is this…

  • Glimmer, part 15

    Nolton-Coris Lab “Did you see this?” Dr. Connors exclaimed angrily as he read the morning newspaper on his computer. “That Nikolay Rogers.” “See what?” Dr. Larkin asked, walking over to his partner’s desk. “What’s Nik done this time?” “Defiled our good names, that’s what!” “Get up, Adam. Let me see for myself.” “Go ahead. It’s right there.” Dr. Connors vacated his seat and stood behind his chair as his partner sat down and began to read through the story. Schuyler still sat on the table next to the unconscious man the two doctors were still in the process of killing. He watched as Dr. Larkin’s face clouded with anger, contempt,…

  • Glimmer, part 5

    How was she turned into an assassin? one asks when I pause. Answer the question, two says when I still remain silent. Jen…Dr. Tobias and Dr. Russell half killed her. What do you mean? two asks. Just that. They began to kill her, but stopped short of actually killing her. It is difficult to explain. Try your best, one urges. How did they kill her? They put something into her, injected it into her bloodstream. It is easier to show. After they had half killed her, they began injecting fluids and miniscule chips into her head. She remained still, never moving. After they finished, she woke up a little while…

  • Glimmer, part 4

    “Dionysius, we have chosen your target,” Dr. Tobias said, sounding eager. “I’m ready,” Dionysius replied. “The Director of the Cormiann Lab. Dr. Nicholas Collins. He fired both Dr. Russell and I when— Ah, well. What do you really care? You will find him in his office.” “I will go immediately.” “That really isn’t for you to say. Glimmer, Dionysius.” Schuyler heard one set of footsteps fade away. He knew Dr. Collins. He had worked at the Cormiann Lab nine years ago before he transferred to Lisia Lab. That was when he met Lena, at Lisia Lab. Strange. He felt nothing at the thought of his wife. Absolutely nothing. By the…

  • Glimmer, part 3

    “What do we have?” Dr. Tobias asked. “Subject one: Dionysius. Successfully turned into an assassin,” Dr. Russell read from the computer screen. “Excellent. Continue, Dr. Russell.” “Subject two: Owen. Almost successfully turned into an assassin. There’s a slight defect in his programming.” “Ah, well, that must be that slip I made. Quite unfortunate. Continue, Dr. Russell.” “Subject three: Erika. Successfully turned into an assassin. Subject four: Mari. Doctor, she’s part Glimmer.” “Almost immortal,” Dr. Tobias said, obviously pleased. “And subject five, Dr. Russell?” “Subject five: Schuyler. Full Glimmer, Doctor.” “Astounding. We did it, Dr. Russell.” “Yes. The government only needs one, Dr. Tobias.” “Yes, I know, Dr. Russell. We’ll send…