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I read this book in the 90's. As I recall it centered around brother-sister twin assassins; after the brother's body was taken over or killed, the sister scooped up the brother's essence and they "live" together in her mind as she searches for a way to get her brother's body back.

I thought it may have been a Mercedes Lackey title, as I remember the book's cover being in her style, but I can't seem to find it as one of her books. The background world had some fantasy elements but I don't remember much. I remember a passage in the book about the hero being frustrated that her broken wrist would never be as strong as an unbroken wrist. Any thoughts?

  • Take a look at this post for some possible additions to your question. – Gallifreyan Feb 14 '17 at 9:00
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This sounds like Fifth Quarter by Tanya Huff.

It was published in 1995 and the blurb matches your description:

  • brother and sister assassins

  • brother body is stolen and his spirit is forced to share sister's body

  • hunting for brother's body

It has been a long time since I read it, so I don't know if it has the bit regarding the broken wrist. The cover art is a similar style to Mercedes Lackey's works, so that is another match.

This is the second book of the series but the first with these characters.

  • Bingo! This is the one. Hats off to your great memory and thank you! – Darcygaton Feb 14 '17 at 19:44
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    @Darcygaton since this is the thing for which thou wert searching, consider Accepting this answer. In this case, with only one answer, it doesn't make it any easier to pick it out, but it'll still boost Ben Sommerville's rep, and it'll flag the question as having an accepted answer in case anyone else has a similar one in future. – Darael Feb 14 '17 at 22:19

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