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An Assassin's Guide to Love and Treason

By Andrea Beach, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

So-so historical fiction has romance and intrigue.

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age 14+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 14+

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
Too much sex
Too much swearing
age 14+


very good

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Our review:
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Fans of the genre will enjoy this historical fiction's romance and intrigue. It colorfully imagines the first staging of Shakespeare's Twelfth Night and the aged but no less awe-inpiring Queen Elizabeth I. Teens will be drawn to An Assassin's Guide to Love and Treason's story about disguise and deception, especially in how they relate to gender roles and the way we present ourselves to the world. Descriptions of locations may rely too much on readers being somewhat familiar with Elizabethan London -- they paint a clear-enough picture but aren't as truly immersive at they could be. The modernized language makes it easy to understand but lacks any real wit or sparkle.

The plot builds toward an exciting and fast-paced end, with a twist or two that will keep the pages turning. The end of Kit and Toby's story is pretty predictable, but satisfying especially for romance fans. Occasional strong language, non-gory violence, and themes of gender identity and sexual preference make it best for historical-fiction fans in high school or older.

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