I’ve always had a love for our dear darkly hooded figures in literature, and what’s more dark and dangerous than an assassin?
1. Katsa- Graceling by Kristin Cashore
Katsa is the niece of the king, but she’s had the ability to kill a grown man since she was eight years old thanks to her Graceling powers. That, dear readers, is what being an assassin is about.
2. Valek- Study Series by Maria V. Snyder
Valek is the right hand man to the Commander of a military kingdom. He’s infamous to the readers for his tight, black sneak-suit and all around ability to kick tail without working up much of a sweat.
3. Ra’s al Ghul- Batman: Birth of the Demon by Mike W. Barr, Dennis O’Neil
When I think “assassin” Ra’s al Ghul (The Demon’s Head) is the first name to pop into my head. He’s the leader of the League of Assassins that terrorizes not only Batman, but the entire DC universe. Not only is he highly skilled, but thanks to the Lazarus Pit he’s over 600 years old!
4. Kyler & Durzo- Night Angel series by Brent Weeks
These have a little bit of a different look on assassins (Wetboys), but still goes with a traditional assassins guild setup with targets and masters and such. (The covers! Look at those lovely hooded mystery men!)
5. Celaena- Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas
Let’s hear it for the female assassins! Well, sort of. She was thrown into the mines to work, but was promised her freedom if she could beat 23 criminals in a competition which includes thieves and other assassins. Bring it.