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We have created a huge list of excellent recommendations, and some not so great, for more stories similar to the Elemental Assassin books. Most are other books, but some of the suggestions are from other mediums too, like some anime recommendations.

As we sed, most of our recommendations are excellent, but we have also added some that are not that similar to the Elemental Assassin. They are still great stories, just not that similar. We have added them to give a nudge to look at something slightly different.

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Gin Blanco is the Spider, the most feared assassin in the south.

But Gin`s day job is at the Pork Pit, a restaurant she owns with the best barbecue in Ashland.

Gin is both a stone elemental and an ice elemental.

She tries to not use her elemental powers while working as the Spider, but it is handy from time to time.

Gin`s family was murdered when she was thirteen by a notorious fire elemental. A fire elemental that is now the top criminal kingpin in Ashland.

After her family's death Gin ended on the streets but was found by Fletcher Lane, the assassin called the Tin Man. He becomes her mentor and trainer. He helped her to become the superior assassin she is today.

Books

The Book of Jhereg (Vlad Taltos #1) by Steven Brust

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Vlad Taltos is a wise-cracking assassin and mobster. Being an Easterner in the Dragaeran city of Adrilankha is not easy but despite that, Vlad has managed to become a minor boss in the criminal syndicate of the Jhereg Organization.

He arrogantly accepts a job with a staggeringly large reward from an extremely powerful and fared member of the Organization's ruling Council.

The job is to assassinate Mellar, another Jhereg crime lord who has absconded with a fortune from the Jhereg treasury.

No on steels from the organization and survives, or get a fast death.

Why is Vlad Taltos recommended?

The Vlad Taltos books have some strong similarities. Vlad is an assassin and a mobster. He starts out like this and there are no coming of age elements. He also regularly interact with other big criminals.

The main difference is that the Vlad Taltos books are set in a different world with some medieval elements and much magic.

If you like the Elemental Assassin books and want something similar but not in the Urban Fantasy genre then the Vlad Taltos books are highly recommended.

The Way of Shadows (The Night Angel Trilogy #1) by Brent Weeks

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Azoth started as a guild rat living in the slum. To survive this brutal life he learned to judge people quickly and to take calculated risks.

Risks like selling his soul to the devil, Durzo Blint, the most accomplished assassin there is. Azoth did this in order to protect his friends Jaral and Doll-girl.

To be accepted by Durzo Blint, Azoth had to turn his back on his old life and embrace a new identity and name.

Now known as Kylar Stern, Azoth must learn to navigate the assassins' world of dangerous politics and strange magics.

Is The Night Angel Trilogy good?

The Way of Shadows is the first book in the Night Angel Trilogy. Its an excellent series.

The hours just fly by as we live the life of Kylar Stern.

Why is The Night Angel Trilogy recommended?

Azoth from The Night Angel Trilogy also lived on the streets as a child before a famous assassin took him in to train him. But unlike Gin, he never had a family.

The Night Angel Trilogy is an Epic Fantasy story set in medieval times. It also has some coming of age elements to it.  

If you like Elemental Assasin and also like Epic Fantasy books then The Night Angel Trilogy is an excellent choice.

Skinwalker (Jane Yellowrock #1) by Faith Hunter

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Jane Yellowrock is a skinwalker

She shares her body with the soul of a mountain lion and she can take any form as long as she has some bones with DNA from the shape she wants.

Jane works as a freelance rogue-vampire hunter.

In this first book, she is hired to take care of a nasty rogue-vampire in New Orleans. When she is there she comes in contact with the vampire society and learns about the "sane" vampires. She also learns more about her own Cherokee heritage.

Is Jane Yellowrock good?

A great story and strong characters make this an excellent series.

You should read this. Absolutely worth checking out if you like these kinds of books.

Why is Jane Yellowrock recommended?

Jane is kind of an assassin, she hunts and kills rogue vampires. Just like Gin, she is also a kick-ass main character. She is might be a shapeshifter and not an elemental mage, but that does not matter.

If you like The Elemental Assassin books then the Jane Yellowrock books are an excellent suggestion.

Dead Witch Walking (The Hollows #1) by Kim Harrison

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Rachel Mariana Morgan is a witch in her twenties. She is a part-owner of Vampiric Charms.

Vampiric Charms is a freelance runner and security service.

The other owners of Vampiric Charms are Ivy Tamwood and Jenks. Ivy Tamwood is a living vampire that will become a full vampire if she dies, and Jenks, a small pixy.

They used to work together at the vampire-run federal Inderland Security (IS). It's a police service for the supernatural.

Rachel, Ivy, and Jenks, decided to start their own company together, Vampiric Charms.

They live and work together from a decommissioned stone church. The church is in the Hollows district of Cincinnati and has an attached garden and graveyard. Rachel specializes in simple herb-based earth magic. The Curch garden is important for Rachels's magic.

Is The Hollows good?

Overall, an exciting, fun read, that`s hard to put down.

This is a highly recommended Fast-paced and captivating book series.

Why is The Hollows recommended?

Rachel and her friends are not assassins or any other kind of hunters. They are in the security, runner, and investigation game.

The Hollows is another long and excellent Urban Fantasy series with many similarities to the Elemental Assassin. It's a good suggestion for a new book series.

Storm Front (The Dresden Files #1) by Jim Butcher

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Harry Dresden, a Chicago bound professional wizard, and the only one with an ad in the yellow pages. Business is sadly dreadful, even for a professional wizard PI. So when the local police ask him for help on a strange double murder, he jumps on it.

Is The Dresden Files good?

The Dresden Files is a must-read for anyone with the slightest interest in this gangrene.

Why is The Dresden Files recommended?

Both series are in the Urban Fantasy genre, but Harry is not in the assassination game.

The Dresden Files are not that directly similar to The Elemental Assassin, but it is the same genre, and it's a good book series. It's absolutely worth giving it a try.

Furies of Calderon (Codex Alera #1) by Jim Butcher

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The people of Alera are bound with furies, elementals of earth, water, air, fire, and metal.

The teenager Tavi stands out from all other people in Alere, he has no furycrafting.

However, Tavi manages to get by with brains and courage, even when everyone else has the power of furies backing them.

When his homeland erupts in chaos, when rebels war with loyalists and furies clash with furies, Tavi's simple furyles courage will turn the tides of war.

Is Codex Alera good?

Furies of Calderon is the first book of Codex Alera, a finished six-book series.

This is an excellent series, and I absolutely recommend people loving fantasy books to read it.

Why is Codex Alera recommended?

Elemental Assassin and Code Alera both have somewhat similar magic, manly the elemental parts. Other than that there are not that many similarities. This one was mostly added as a suggestion for something different with that are good.

Assassin's Apprentice (Farseer trilogy #1) by Robin Hobb

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Young Fitz is born on the wrong side of the sheets, he is the bastard son of Prince Chivalry.

As a young child, Fitz is raised as a stableboy in the shadow of the royal court. He is raised by his father's stableman, Burrich, the stablemaster at Buckkeep.

Fitz is treated as an outcast by all the nobles except by King Shrewd, who has him secretly tutored to become an assassin.

In Fitz's blood runs the magic called Skill, and the more animalistic, and by most, the abhorred art known as the Wit.

Fitz is growing to manhood, and soon he will face his first dangerous, soul-crushing mission as an assassin to the crown.

Is Farseer trilogy good?

This is the first book in The Farseer trilogy, and it is very good. This series is among the books that are a must-read for any fan of fantasy books.

Why is Farseer trilogy recommended?

The Farseer Trilogy also has assassin themes. But it is an Epic Fantasy series with strong coming of age elements. Besides the assassin themes, they do not have much in common but we decided to add it as a suggestion into something different.

Mark of the Demon (Kara Gillian #1) by Diana Rowland

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Kara Gillian is a detective and a summoner of daemons.

During a routine summoning she accidentally summoned Rhyzkahl, an angelic human-looking creature. She just wanted to use her skill to track down a serial killer.

What is this powerful un-daemon looking creature? And can she stop the serial killer?

Is Kara Gillian good?

Mark of the Demon is the first book in the Kara Gillian series. It is a really great book, just like the rest of them.

Why is Kara Gillian recommended?

The Kara Gillian book books are very good and highly recommended if you like the Elemental Assassin books.

Magic Bites (Kate Daniels #1) by Ilona Andrews

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Kate Daniels is a mercenary who makes her living cleaning up magical messes left behind by others.

When her guardian is murdered, she gets dragged into a power struggle between two of the stronger factions within Atlanta's magic community. The Masters of the Dead, necromancers who control vampires, and The Pack, a clan of shifters.

They blame each other for a series of bizarre murders.

Kate finds herself the counterpoint in the struggle to normalize their relationship and to stop the murders.

Is Kate Daniels good?

This is a good read and the start of a great series. Magic Bites has a strong and interesting heroine. It's worth reading.

Why is Kate Daniels recommended?

The Kate Daniels books are good Urban Fantasy books. They have a little more romance in them, but not much more.

Mistborn (Mistborn #1) by Brandon Sanderson

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The World has been a wasteland of ash and mist for over a thousand years. The Lord Ruler of this world, the "Sliver of Infinity", has reigned with absolute power and ultimate terror.

Every revolt against The Lord Ruler has failed miserably.

But then a terribly scarred and heart-broken half-Skaa in the depths of the Lord Ruler`s most hellish prison snapped. His name is Kelsier, and when he snapped he suddenly found himself with the powers of a Mistborn.

A Mistborn can burn all sixteen of the Allomantic metals.

Kelsier is a brilliant thief, con man, and a natural leader. He decided to turn his talents to the ultimate play.

A play with the Lord Ruler himself as the mark.

For this ultimate play, he recruited the underworld`s elite. The smartest and most trustworthy allomancers, each of whom capable of burning one of the Allomantic metals.

Kelsier`s plan looks more like the ultimate long shot until luck brings a ragged girl named Vin into his life.

Vin has the potential to become a Mistborn like Kelsier himself.

Is Mistborn good?

This is the first book in the Mistborn series. Both this book and the rest of the series is really good.

This series has detailed world-building, especially the magic system, and an interesting main character. Sanderson shines on these points. Hi is an excellent epic fantasy author.

If you like fantasy books then Mistborn should be a must-read.

Graveyard Shift (Reapers Inc #1) by Angela Roquet

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Lana Harvey is a reaper living in Limbo City, the modern capital of the collective afterlives. All the different afterlives have a foothold in this city.

Lana works for Reapers Inc where Grimm himself is the big boss. She likes to stick it to the boss by collecting the bare minimum of souls that is required to avoid being terminated.

Lana and her best friend Gabriel like to hang out in purgatory lounge getting drunk together. Gabriel is an angel and not a reaper like Lana.

But one day here relaxing life is shot to pieces when an unexpected and unwanted promotion is forced upon her.

What she learns might risk the very existence of the millennial long piece treaty between the different afterlives and their gods.

Is Reapers Inc good?

Graveyard Shift is the first book in the Reapers Inc series, and it is a great start.

Reapers Inc is full of interesting characters and mysteries to be solved. 

It's a quirky book series with a good mix of humor. It has some corporate politics, but its still a light fun book series.

Some Girls Bite (Chicagoland Vampires #1) by Chloe Neill

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Merit was a graduate student until she one night was attacked by a rogue vampire.

She would have been killed if another vampire had not stepped in and saved her.

Her savor was Ethan Sullivan, the master vampire of the Cadogan House. Merit moves into their mansion and has to learn to live as a vampire while someone still is trying to take her life.

Is Chicagoland Vampires good?

The Chicagoland Vampires is an OK paranormal vampire romance book. It's not among the best in the genre, but its good enough.

If you want more in this genre then its worth reading, but if you want something fresh then you should probably avoid it. It is not unique in its genre.

Succubus Blues (Georgina Kincaid #1) by Richelle Mead

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Georgina Kincaid is a Succubus, and she works for Hell. Oh, and she can shapeshift into anything she wants, she can even shapeshift her clothes too.

Her boss is a middle-management demon. He is constantly harassing her to drain more life force from people.

At least there's her day job at a local bookstore to keep her happy. Free books, all the white chocolate mochas she can drink, and friends, what more can a girl dream after.

But all this might come to a stop. Something dangerous is at work in Seattle's supernatural underground.

Georgina discovers that there are some creatures out there that both heaven and hell want to deny.

Is Georgina Kincaid good?

Succubus Blues is the first book where we follow Georgina Kincaid. This is a thrilling and sexy book series.

Absolutely worth reading if you like Urban Fantasy romance books.

Clean Sweep (Innkeeper Chronicles #1) by Ilona Andrews

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Dina Demille is by all appearances a fine young woman who runs a quiescent Victorian Bed and Breakfast in a small Texas town. She also owns a small Shih Tzu named Beast.

By all counts, she should be a perfect neighbor, whose biggest problem is what to serve her guests for breakfast.

But Dina does not have a regular bed and breakfast.

It's an inn for otherworldly travelers who need a place to stay. The inn is also not a regular house, its a living thinking magical construct that requires inhabitants to survive. It also has the capability ti shaped to whatever form Dina or her guest needs.

But Dina's inn is not in top shape, it's on the verge of starvation.

To solve this Dina has let a retired aristocrat responsible for millions of deaths permanently hide out in her inn. The inn need some inhabitants to survive, it does not care who. And since Inns are neutral zones, no one can stop her from housing this Aristocrat.

But this is not unproblematic. Not everyone cares about the inn's neutrality.

But that's not all. Dinaalso gets entangled with a Vampire commander and her neighbor that's a werewolf.

Is Innkeeper Chronicles good?

I love the Innkeeper Chronicles.

It has good character focus and interesting world-building.

It's absolutely worth reading. 

Poison Study (The Study #1) by Maria V. Snyder

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Yelena is sentenced to death for committing murder, but she is offered an extraordinary reprieve. She gets the opportunity to accept a job with an extraordinarily high chance of death.

She is offered to become the food taster for the commander of Ixia. A person that people are very likely to attempt to assassinate. And Poison is a common assassin method.

The chief of security leaves nothing to chance and deliberately feeds her Butterfly's Dust, a deadly poison. Only by appearing for her daily antidote will she delay an agonizing death from the poison.

Yelena tries to escape her punishment but she gets tied up in rebel plots and here own newly found magical powers that she can't control.

Is The Study good?

Poison Study is the first book in The Study series.

It is an excellent book that is absolutely worth giving a try.

Ill Wind (Weather Warden #1)

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Joanne Baldwin is a Weather Warden that is accusations of corruption and murder.

She decides to resort to the very human tactic of running for her life.

Her only hope is Lewis, the most powerful of all wardens. Unfortunately, he's stolen not one but three bottles of Djinn - making him the most wanted man on earth.

Written in Red (The Others #1) by Anne Bishop

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Meg Corbyn is a cassandra sangue, also known as a blood prophet. What this means is that she can see the future when her skin is cut.

Meg and others like her have been enslaved for their abilities, but she manages to escape.

She stumbles into Lakeside Courtyard, a business district controlled by the others, and she manages to land herself a job as the human liaison.

The others are vampires, shapeshifters, and other magical beings. Humans have no control in their small part of town.

Meg is safe from her enslaver as long as she stays inside the land controlled by the others. But is she safe from the others?

Animes

Mirai Nikki

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One day, Yukiteru discovers that his cell phone "diary" can now tell him events in the future.

The problem is, eleven others also have similar diaries, and they are all forced into a battle royale game.

Only one can win this Survival Game. The winner becomes a god. The losers: DEAD END.

Is Mirai Nikki good?

Mirai Nikki (future diary) is an OK anime. Slightly better than average, but nothing special.

If you like Battle Royale stories and regularly watch animes then it's worth watching.

Akame ga Kill!

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Tatsumi is a naive village boy that wants to save his village. He has trained all his life to leave his village to find a way to earn enough to help his impoverished village.

His naivety almost cuts his journey short as soon as he reaches the capital. A place that is full of thieves, corruption, and death.

Just as his journey is about to end Tatsumi is saved by the Night Rider group, a group of wanted assassins. And he ends up joining them and their cause.

The Night Rider group is a covert assassination branch of the Revolutionary Army.

The Revolutionary Army, including the Night Riders, aims to overthrow the evil Prime Minister Honest and all the corrupt nobility.

Prime Minister Honest control the child emperor as if he was a marionette. His greed is ruining the empire.

The Night Raids do their best by assassinating all that stands in the way of the Revolutionary Army. But they mainly assassinate evil and corrupt nobility and leaders.

We follow Tatsumi in his fight against the corruption and evil that infests the Empire. We see him learn about powerful magical weapons, fight enemy assassins, challenges to his own morals and values, and learn what it truly means to be an assassin with a cause.

Is Akame ga Kill! good?

Akame ga Kill! is a dark and gory anime. If that's your thing then it's worth watching. But it's not the best of its kind.

It's not unique or among the best, but it's still worth a try.

Darker than Black

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An impenetrable field that is known as the "Hell's Gate" appeared ten years ago in Tokyo.

At the same time as the "Hell's Gate" appeared a new bread of people known as Contractors also appeared. Most of the Contractors are assassins and spies that wield supernatural powers used to carry out the dirty work of others.

The only downside with these powers are the strange obsessive quirks these Contractors get in return for their power.

Among these Contractors is one more mysterious than the rest, the masked killer BK201, also known as the Black Reaper.

The story digs into what Contractors are and the shadowy organization around them.

Is Darker than Black good?

Darker than Black is a really good anime. It's not among the top tire animes, but its almost up there.