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Allies & Assassins

(Allies & Assassins #1)

3.77  ·  Rating details ·  884 ratings  ·  195 reviews
Prince Anders, the ruler of Archenfield, has been murdered, leaving his younger brother, Jared, to ascend the throne. Sixteen-year-old Jared feels unprepared to rule the kingdom and its powerful and dangerous court, yet he knows he can rely on the twelve officers of the court to advise him. He also knows he can just as easily be at their mercy-especially when it appears ...more
Hardcover, US, 496 pages
Published May 27th 2014 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (first published September 19th 2013)
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Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin

This book was pretty good! From the name of the book and the front cover I was thinking all of this was going to go on!



But no this is about Prince Anders being assassinated and his brother, the new Prince Jared trying to find out what is going on.

Come to find out, there are a lot of different people for different reasons that wanted the old prince dead and now the new prince.

There were many times I wanted to slap some sense into people!!!!!!!!

And right from
Cora Tea Party Princess
North East Teenage Book Awards Nominee 2014

5 Words: Fantasy, mystery, intrigue, murder, royalty.

It's fair to say that this book got off to a shaky start. A very shaky start. In fact, I almost put it down. But I decided to persevere and by the end I found that I'd quite enjoyed it.

I think my favourite character was one that we didn't see very much of. There was something fascinating about Koel and I hope very much that she's featured more in the next book. There was something about her, the way
Apr 24, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway. Thank you!

4/5 stars

The skinny:

Jared, the younger brother of Prince Anders, is 16 years old and highly unprepared to lead a kingdom. One fateful day, his brother is killed, and he is given no choice but to step up. From day one, the new Prince Jared gives himself a very difficult task; to discover what exactly happened to his brother and who exactly did it. With only one person he can really trust, Jared has a daunting, and dangerous mystery before him.

Grace (LovingDemBooks) Z.
Hmmm where to begin with this book? When I entered the giveaway for the ARC of this book, I thought it would be great. I saw so many good reviews and ratings and thought "okay, I should probably read this when it comes out". I'm not exactly a big historical fiction reader. I don't even you think you can categorize this book as that. Actually, I don't know what to categorize this as. Anyway, I was very disappointed and bored throughout the entire book.

Watch my spoiler free book review in detail:
Camly Nguyen
Jan 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
No really what I expected...
I thought it was going to be very action-y and very assassin oriented like Throne of Glass or Graceling but it wasn't that and I gotta say, I'm not that disappointed either.
So we start off with the murder of the prince and pretty much the whole book, we're thing to find the killer. That's pretty much it really, but it amazes me how it left me guessing every single time. Who's the killer? Who's the killer? Who's the killer? And even if it's just that, I'm satisfied
Aug 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely fell in love with this book. It had romance, mystery, murders and royalty... who could ask for more?

So, the story starts off with everyone finding out that the previous Prince (who rules the land so hes basically a king but, the tradition is to call the leader The Prince), Prince Ander was killed and that he appointed his younger brother Jared to succeed him.

Jared is a 16 year old boy who has been thrust into this world of unknown. He doesnt really know what to do and hasnt
Kaila Fitz

"Your words have no meaning behind bars, that is, unless they are pleas of mercy and regret."

Jared finds himself taking the throne when Prince Anders of Archenfield, his older brother, is found assassinated within the walls of the court. Thrown into the deep end with rules of court and protocol, 16 year old Jared struggles to adapt to the role as Prince and leader of the nation that has been in his family for generations. With the help of The Twelve, following the week proceeding his
Jul 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I received this in exchange for an honest review.

This book really surprised me. I thought it'd be more focused on the main characters for some reason, but it starts out very focused on the story and world building. I really enjoyed reading it and exploring the mystery.

The book takes place at a court and features multiple POVs. All of the POVs held my interest and seemed warranted. There are many characters and it can be a little difficult to keep track of at first but I was quickly pulled into
Nov 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014-releases
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***

Allies & Assassins by Justin Somper
Book One of the Enemies of the Prince series
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: May 27, 2014
Rating: 4 stars
Source: ARC sent by the publisher

Summary (from Goodreads):

Prince Anders, the ruler of Archenfield, has been murdered, leaving his younger brother, Jared, to ascend the throne. Sixteen-year-old Jared feels unprepared to rule the kingdom and its powerful and dangerous court,
Dicy Heitger
Apr 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Amazing!!!! I couldn't put it down!!!
Jan 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
So impressed.
Dark Faerie Tales
Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales

Quick & Dirty: This densely packed book didnt give me the suspense nor tension that I expected; nevertheless, the writing was pretty and the characters complex.

Opening Sentence: The last of her seven falcons balanced on her wrist, Nova Chastain walked back out onto the balcony once more.

The Review:

Archenfields leader has just been assassinated, plunging the kingdom into chaos. Suddenly, his Edling Jared is pushed into the spotlight, forced into a crown hes
Small Review
Originally read August 24 to September 01, 2014

Really good! Full review to come.

Originally posted at Small Review

A murdered prince, an assassin on the loose, a shady group of advisers, tensions between kingdoms? Yes, Allies and Assassins has all the making of a Small book for sure, and thankfully it lived up to almost every one of my hopes.

But I'm a character girl!

I say almost because the characters weren't quite real enough for me. I didn't dislike them, and I did actually like a lot of them,
Jun 14, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book won me over. It shouldn't have had to, because the premise was something I was very interested in, but it took a while for the characters to gel.

Jared's brother has just been assassinated at the beginning of the book. He was the prince of a princedom (I had never heard of this concept! And I still don't follow why it couldn't just be king of a kingdom?) and Jared is the next in line for the throne, automatically becoming prince.

Jared was somewhat weak as a character at first. He was
Jan 19, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My feelings about this book are a complete mess - there are reasons why I loved this book and why I didn't like it very much, and it's so hard to sort them out and decide how much I actually enjoyed it! For me Allies and Assassins started out a bit slowly, and even though it didn't take me that long to read it felt like I was reading it for a very long time. Also, at first I found it quite difficult to connect to the characters and didn't really care what happened to them. Some parts of it were ...more
Ben Jeffery
Feb 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
1.I decided to read 'Allies and Assassins' by Justin Somper because I liked the look of the character which drew me in to look at the book a bit closer. I also liked the sound of the blurb because it had mature vocabulary in it.

2.One of the charaters I found interesting in the novel was Jared who was the air to the throne of Archenfield until his brother, prince Anders was assassinated. Jared is that main protagonist in the book who tries to find out who murdered his brother and tried to comfort
Natalie Martinez
I rarely give a book a 5 star rating. I ADORED this book. There is a mystery at the heart of this story - who killed Prince Anders. Before I go further - we might as well say King Anders because he was basically the King.

Anyhow, usually in a mystery, the murderer is obvious. You know it's person X from the get go. Not so in this story. A couple of times I thought I knew who killed Anders. Each time it turned out I was not only wrong, but horribly wrong.

Jared, 16 years old, is forced to take
Joseph Racconti
May 05, 2014 rated it it was ok
First off, I would like to thank the author for the ARC copy of this book that I was lucky enough to win through a Goodreads giveaway.
With that being said, I'm afraid that I can only give this story 2 stars. It tended to put me to sleep for long stretches of the story. I completely understand that this is a world builder and that is more common than not when putting together a series consisting completely of made up people and places. I just feel as if there should have been something exciting
Alondra Miller
**I won this in the Goodreads Giveaway!!**

2.5 Stars

Don't get me wrong. I did not hate this book; I just didn't like it. It just wasn't for me. I think this is a probably a good middle-school YA.

With some overly descriptive parts, lagging storyline mid-way, and about 100 pages that could have been left out.

It ends in a cliffhanger; but I am really debating whether I should read it or not. The main story was good; a nice mystery with murder and mayhem set in fantasy. And again, it just didn't
Aug 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
I started reading this book, but after a while I stopped because I was reading another book. Anyway, I have to say the twists on this book cough me off guard. This book has now become one of my favorite series. Not because I am exaggerating or anything maybe I am, to your eyes. But wow, this book is good. The charterers, the setting, plot and the story are all good. This book is like a pustule, you can try to put the poses together if you can, hope you like it and enjoy reading. P.s. Give each ...more
Rebecca Khalid
Jan 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
so in my point of view the starting of allies and assassin was a bit slow and I wasn't really liking it but after some time it got so good
in this book nothing was predictable in the end I was shocked in every page of the book
I guess that in the starting all the character's were grieving on their prince death so it was kind of slow
because for God's sake the book was based on only seven or more days so it was supposed to be slow but it was a good book and a good experience because I really don't
Jun 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
I really liked this book, but at the same time I thought it was really slow. I got really surprised that it was [SPOILER ALERT!] Logan that did everything and not Axel because I really thought it was Axel. I'm really looking forward to start the second book to see where everything will go.
Noah Spangler
Dec 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Kacey Vanderkarr
Jul 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
Allies and Assassins by Justin Somper

I received a copy of this book through a Library Thing giveaway. All opinions are my own. Thank you to Hachette Book Group.

This is a difficult review for me due to my conflicting feelings regarding this book as a whole. I think, for sake of my sanity, that I will split it into two parts, starting with my comments on the story.

Allies and Assassins is carefully plotted. The characters, though many, each have a specific duty to the kingdom as well as the
Lexie Layman
Jun 01, 2018 rated it it was ok
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Dec 21, 2018 rated it liked it
The book was overall decent.

Right off the bat, I noticed a LOT of repetition. I don't want to know how many times the word "keen" is used, but I'd guess enough for at least one time per page.
Additionally, the only things that happen during 80% of the conversations are "he looked him in the eye/ he sought out his eyes," (yes we get it they have Eyes), or 'placing a hand on someone's shoulder'. Pick any conversation and I'd be willing to bet one or the other shows up at least once, if not both of
3.5 stars
Okay, when I picked this up. I wasn't really expecting much. It was title which made me pick it up more than the blurb or the cover, really.
They killed his brother. Now they're coming for him.
In the beginning it was quite slow with nothing much happening but then the murders began to increase. (view spoiler) Asta and Jared were both characters I liked and there wasn't really any romance in this which was
Shareefa Makhlooq
Jan 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Allies and Assassins is centered around court and political intrigue, but not in a heavy boring way, and I get bored pretty easily so the fact that I enjoyed myself says a lot.

The only thing was, people were saying they didnt expect who the killer was and they were shocked when they were revealed. I wasnt. In the back of my mind I had thought it was a huge possibility that it was who it turned out to be, so when they were revealed I kind of deflated because I was hoping I would really be
Beverly K
Aug 05, 2014 rated it it was ok
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book through LibraryThings Early Reviewer program in exchange for an honest review. (And oh, is this an honest review).

In light of how very much I considered wrong with this book, I thought Id start with the positives first. It contained a plot that was loosely engaging, in that I wanted to discover who had committed the murders and what it portended. It contained a character I considered somewhat sympathetic and I was genuinely intrigued by the
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Justin Somper is a bestselling UK author whose Vampirates books have been translated into over twenty languages. Justin trained in sword-fighting to help him write the fight scenes in the Vampirates series.

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