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
Only 300 pages long, but packed with action, fun characters, cool ideas and a solid story.
“Are you the jack?” she asked when she reached my table. She leaned down toward me as she spoke, silhouetting herself against the only light in the room—a dim and badly scarred magelight chandelier....more
“I’m a jack, and open to hire if you’re looking for one.” A jack of shadows, the underworld’s all-purpose freelancer—how very far I’d fallen from the
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
The main character is interesting. I enjoyed the back and forth between him ...more
The first few pages intrigued me enough to keep me reading, but honestly, after that it was a steady progression toward dullness. One of the faults, I believe, was the narrative. The first few pages were rather clear even while hinting at unknowns, la ...more
Those issues aside, I wanted to like the book better than I did. The pacing just kept throwing me off. A multiple-chapter flashback struck just as things were getting ...more
Aral Kingslayer is a mage in a world where mage-life is dependent upon a familiar. That's where it get's interesting. Tris is Aral's familiar and he is a living shadow that appears as a dragon. The two are the last of a religion with a dead goddess. Their goddess called them Blades and ...more
I liked several things in 'Broken Blade', especially the bonded familiars from the lands of shadow. Triss, a dragon-shaped shadow adds a lot to the story. I would have liked to know mor ...more
Then Aral is hired by a beautiful woman in an ill-fitting red dress, and the job doesn' ...more
This book has some real potential. Sadly, neither the writing style nor the characters really captured me. Honestly, the style of the book seemed to be that of a 16 year old writing about his favorite D&D character replete with unnecessary repetitions.
The main protagonist is pretty much a drunken bad-ass with a hen-pecking familiar. It felt like the bad-ass often escaped from near certain doom thanks to luck or convenient timing.
The romantic relationship in the b ...more
Overall the plot was semi predictable, but still enjoyable. The characters were well written, and felt more real than not. Kind of just b ...more
It was basically a cross between your typical assassin fantasy genre but with some Chinese mysticism thrown in. This book is more about a flawed hero taking on the darkness even though he knows he might fail. Some things just have to be done.
The lead character is flawed and his faith has been broken. His only friend is his own shadow. Part of a disgraced group of 'good' assassin's, he has fallen on some hard times. Oh how the ...more
In some ways it was diverting and intriguing, but the problem was more in the execution. McCullough relies a bit too much on coincidence and unspoken rules. He doe ...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
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
It's that sort of thief-hero fantasy noir - except Aral's dead dame is a goddess, so clearly he trumps your man-pain and he's actually a rog ...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