Broken Blade (Fallen Blade #1)
Once a fabled Blade of Namara, Aral Kingslayer fought for justice and his goddess alongside his familiar, a living shadow called Triss. Now with their goddess murdered and her temple destroyed, they are among the last of their kind. Surviving on the fringes of society, Aral becomes a drunken, broken, and wanted man, working whatever shadowy deal comes his way. Until a myst...more
Broken Blade opens in a tavern, where a former religious master is struggling with the loss...more
Rating: 4 stars
Premise: Aral, one of the last of an order of assassins for Namara, the goddess of divine justice, is living in the bottom of a bottle with a price on his head when he gets offered a seemingly simple delivery job. He runs into a former friend and a new enemy, both of whom should have him running from the city where he earned the name of Kingslayer. Instead, with the help of his familiar and a client in need of justice, he tries to right a wrong in the way he us...more
The action in the middle-to-latter-half of the book is what makes this novel worth reading. There, the story gets pretty enjoyable. In contrast, I found...more
Aral Kingslayer was once a mage-assassin for the goddess of justice. She was murdered, and her assassins (mostly) hunted down. Aral and his shadow-familiar hide their past and go to work as greyjacks. They do various jobs -- deliveries, pick-ups, anything up to murder -- to keep themselves alive and Ar...more
The one facet that I think was lacking was the plotting. There's a few moments that seemed like "Oh yeah, we can do this." in regards to some of Triss's abilities. J...more
Our story is about a hardened assassin and his familiar, Triss, who is hardened in his own right. Despite a life of blood and death, Aral and Triss have forged this su...more
Aral is a former lawful-good (from his perspective) assassin/executioner. After his goddess is killed he descends into alcoholism to cope and petty crime to stay alive. When an old friend-turned-enemy reappears in his life, Aral realizes how adrift he's become from the person he once was. I like watching characters grow and change based on the choices they make and the consequences of those choices, and there's plenty of that with Aral....more
It's not perfect but I really enjoyed it, can see myself rereading it, and I'm definitely going to look into more of McCullough's work.
I'm fairly particular about fantasy books I read but this book really impressed me.
There were a few occasions when the narrative lagged a bit but I was able to forgive that for the overall story and the characters. I'm looking forward to reading more in this series.