8.5/10 – Will be posted to Fantasy Book Review shortly.
I received an advanced copy of Age of Assassins in exchange for an honest review. I would like to thank Orbit Books, Nazia, and R.J. Barker for this opportunity.
Age of Assassins was simply unputdownable. It has been a long time since I have devoured a book so fast. From the quality of this tale, it is almost unbelievable that this is R.J. Barker’s debut outing. The main characters that we follow are a 15-year-old disabled assassin called Girton Club-Foot and his Master who is arguably one of the finest and most experienced killers who has ever dwelt within the Tired Lands. After a blistering opening section and certain complications at Castle Maniyadoc they are assigned to take on a deadly business venture which requires them to track down a lurking fellow assassin who is contracted to kill the heir to the throne. (more…)
8.5/10 – To begin I would like to thank Brain Staveley and Tor for giving me the opportunity to read an advanced copy of the highly anticipated Skullsworn, in exchange for an honest review.
The narrative is set in the same world as Staveley’s previously released Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne trilogy and it follows Pyrre, a character from those stories, however, it is being marketed as being a standalone adventure in the same environment. I, unfortunately, have to admit that this is the first book of Staveleys’ that I have read so, whilst some of my Goodreads’ friends will not be overly pleased that I, new to the world he has fabricated, have been given the opportunity to read and review an advanced version, I honestly hope that I do it justice and influence people unfamiliar with the author, as I was, that they can start here and truly enjoy what happens within these pages. (more…)