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King of Assassins

(The Wounded Kingdom #3)

4.45  ·  Rating details ·  797 ratings  ·  151 reviews

Many years of peace have passed in Maniyadoc, years of relative calm for the assassin Girton Club-Foot. Even the Forgetting Plague, which ravaged the rest of the kingdoms, seemed to pass them by. But now Rufra ap Vthyr eyes the vacant High-King's throne and will take his court to the capital, a rat's nest of intrigue an
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Published August 7th 2018 by Orbit
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4.5/5 stars

I honestly can’t believe I almost didn’t pick up this trilogy; King of Assassins was a superb finishing touch to The Wounded Kingdom.

Bloody, poignant, intense, heartwarming, tragic, and dark; I finished this entire trilogy within six days, I just didn’t expect it to be this damn good and engaging. The Wounded Kingdom trilogy practically stole my life for an entire week, and the only antidote to my addiction was to finish reading the entirety of the series.

Love, redemption, forgiveness,
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
I love this trilogy!! And I cried a little bit!! I'm trying not to cry any more but these books!!

I'm so glad I took a chance on these books and the wonderful characters!

Happy Reading!

Mel 🖤🐺🐾
James Tivendale
Jul 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I received an advanced copy of Kings of Assassins in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to RJ Barker and Nazia and Jenni at Orbit. *This may contain slight spoilers for the trilogy*

Well, The Wounded Kingdom trilogy. Where should I start? I can safely say in the (almost) two years I have been reviewing that this is my favourite trilogy that I have read that was released in that timeframe. I was the first person to review Age of Assassins, one of the first to review Blood of Assassins, and
TS Chan
Jun 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I received an advanced reading copy in exchange for an honest review.

King of Assassins is a powerfully poignant conclusion to an extraordinary trilogy.

The Wounded Kingdom is so underrated in my opinion; this trilogy spins a captivating and unconventional assassin story that is deep, dark and personal. Please do not expect Night Angel or Assassin's Creed or a narrative filled with badass action. Make no mistake though, Girton Club-Foot is still a killer to be reckoned with, but it was his refusal to/>King
Mogsy (MMOGC)
5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

Holy crap, this book. THIS DAMN BOOK. I’m not crying, you’re crying.

Seriously, I can’t even. I’m a mess. A quivering, sobbing mess. Everyone one of these Wounded Kingdom books has been a boatload of emotions, and King of Assassins was easily the most powerful and poignant of them all. I’ve traveled this long road with Girton, Merela, Rufra, Aydor, and the others, and after witnessing their trials and tribulations, finally being able to see i
Nils | nilsreviewsit
‘I am Girton-Club Foot, sorcerer, life was the clay with which I wrought terrible miracles.
And I would wreak one here today.’
King of Assassins by RJ Barker is the final book in the Wounded Kingdom trilogy, and I’m so sad it’s all over. I can’t even... I have loved these books so much and grown immensely attached to many of the characters. Gah, Barker, how dare you destroy me like this?!
I’m not going to say much about the plot, it’s a conclusion to our main protag
Aug 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Another very solidly good book from RJ, and I must admit a very satisfying ending to a series I have greatly enjoyed. I found myself drawn back into this world easily, despite it having been a little while since I read the previous two. I love the fact that over the three books in this series we are following one young man (assassin) who is growing up, developing, and learning. Lots of stories feel like they show just a snippet of a character's life, but this series shows development and growth, ...more
John McDermott
Sep 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A wonderful conclusion to probably one of the best trilogies by a debut author that I've ever read. Every Fantasy fan should be reading RJ Barker. Let's get the number of ratings up there with the likes of Joe Abercrombie and Mark Lawrence ! He's every bit as good as they are!
kartik narayanan
Aug 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
King of Assassins is a great conclusion to a brilliant series!

Taking a page from the previous books, King of Assassins shows us Girton evolving into a man. While the first book was about innocence - his childhood - and the second was a whiny & angsty Girton - a teenager, the third is about growth & responsibility - an adult. This is certainly one of the best character arcs I have ever read; but it not without its dangers. Girton, as a character, put me off in the second book
Apr 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: e-books-own
Any book that makes me cry deserves more stars than I can give here...
This final installment was best of the series imo, I loved how the characters have grown and who they've become.
The story was dark and twisted and captured me from the start.
I'm sorry I can't read more of The Tired Lands now but I'm sure I'll reread them at some point.
Holly (The Grimdragon)
"Pain like he has never known, the junctures of bone and joints being twisted in ways they were never meant to twist. The sharp edge of the blade digging through his skin and something else, something darker and older and more terrifying. Something that moves along the veins of his body and pours through his blood in a tide of razors. There was nothing like this in the school. It is nothing like the drownings, the brands, the beatings or the hunger. It is worse than anything he has ever imagined."

Hiu Gregg
Nov 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This made me cry at work. I told my workmates that it's just allergies, but we're in the middle of winter so I don't think anyone believed me. Worth it.
Aug 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Brilliant, tragic, heart-wrenching closure to a formidable series.

Apr 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of Robin Hobb without the YA relationships.
This is a good book to end a very good trilogy.

I found some similarities between R.J. Barker's style and Robin Hobb. I also drew one or two parallels with Tolkien's 'The Hobbit' (Xus; Girton's mount, was similar to the Elf-king's in the 3rd film).

I liked the fact that though Girton has a disability he didn't let it stop him from achieving his goals. I rate the three books as follows;

Blood of Assassins 5-stars
King of Assassins 4-stars
Age of assassins 3.5-stars

Jon Adams
Aug 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love a good tragedy. This is a phenomenal finale.
David S (David's Book Meanderings)
SPOILERS for the first two books of the series, but no spoilers for King of Assassins.

This is an incredible story of familial love and loyal friends. A story of prejudice and secrets, and the cost of both. A story of assassins, plots, betrayals, and secret agendas. The final installment in the autobiography of Girton Club-Foot, apprentice to Merela Karn, King’s Assassin, Death’s Jester, and Steadfast Friend. Welcome, once again, to the Tired Lands.

I have some really mixed
Jul 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Full review is here on my blog!~

It’s all lead to this one. This review is going to be a bit difficult to word in a way that is not going to spoil anything that was revealed in Age of Assassins, or further revealed in Blood of Assassins but I will do my level best to not be spoilery here. I want you to have all the surprises that I had, and there were plenty! So, I’m not going to give any sort of plot summary, because even the basics are going to spoil at least some part of the first two books
The Tattooed Book Geek (Drew).
As always this review can also be found on my blog The Tattooed Book Geek: https://thetattooedbookgeek.wordpress...

I suffered a burnout reading fantasy after the start of the year and stepped away from the genre indulging in my growing liking for the crime genre (thrillers/mystery). Since then, I’ve gotten back into fantasy (it is my first love) but now temper it with reading more thrillers. The first fantasy book that I read after my burnout was Blood of Assassins (BoA), the mixture of fantasy and thriller merging together r
Aug 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Thanks to Hachette Audio and for an ALC of ‘King of Assassins (The Wounded Kingdom #3)’ in exchange for an honest review. Receiving this ALC in no way influences my thoughts or opinions on the novel, author, or narrator.

The Wounded Kingdom is, to date, one of the BEST fantasy trilogies I have ever read. Girton Club-Foot is, hands-down, one of my favorite characters of all-time and will forever hold a place in my heart. RJ Barker has absolutely earned his place on my ‘must-re
 Charlie - A Reading Machine
King of Assassins by R.J. Barker is the final book in The Wounded Kingdom series and a thrilling tale of murder, betrayal, magic, broken friendships, sibling rivalry and so much more. It picks up roughly 15 years after the Blood of Assassins and for a change we find Girton and Merela in quite a decent and happy place, hanging out together and growing old and playing with Rufra’s children. He has a favourite, a young girl he hopes may have what it takes to become his apprentice and his king’s ide ...more
Dec 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own-the-book
What a beautiful series. The ending is fitting and satisfying. It left me sad and broody.

This series is a book about assassins, they are a special kind and the fight scenes are like a dance. There is plenty of disturbing and stabby stabby scenes throughout the book. There is also magic, a kind that eats its surroundings. It only takes. But the way Barker tells this assassin tale is through a journey of emotion, deep and sad and sometimes disturbing. We have a flawed main character ca
Michael Sliter
Oct 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
King of Assassins is the best book in the series, period. RJ Barker found the right balance between action, dialogue, grit, and mystery. To my liking, the book was much darker than those that came before. The menagerie, particularly, was a horrible delight. If you have gotten this far in the series, FINISH IT. You will not be disappointed.
Blodeuedd Finland
Apr 09, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
It took me 12 days to finish this one...12 days!!!! I confess to doing a lot of skimming the last 150 pages cos else I would still be here after 2 weeks.

Something was just not there. I enjoyed the two previous ones, but this one, nah, it felt slow, it dragged, it was a chore and I no longer felt the world.

I must say, it made me feel that I am done with this author if hershe makes me feel like this for this last book.

It had good parts, but most were ok, or just
Oct 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The concluding volume of an amazing introductory (for, of and by the author) series, King of Assassins is amazing.

Perhaps- while wholly unique and distinctive- not since Fitzchivalry FarSeer have I been so quickly enraptured in the first person perspective that RJ Baker bestows upon Girton Club-Foot, the mage-bent.

It would be difficult to describe the plot, in my opinion, without offering notes that could dip into spoiler categories.

So, instead, let me perhaps
J.P. Ashman
Aug 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Incredibly satisfying! Review to follow...
Patricia Crowther
4.5* - an excellent conclusion to what has been a great trilogy and an extremely underrated series/author. Can not wait to meet the author soon and find out what is next in store for them.
Jun 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
And so we have the end of the Wounded Kingdom saga.
This series has been very involved, quite heavy in themes and tone and not the easiest read. It's violent, dark and unrelenting and really delves into the nature of humanity.

I have enjoyed this series but up til now it's been tough going.
And then came this book.
I loved it.
What an end to the series.
It had everything the others did but the action, drama and pacing really reached another level.
The wor
Aug 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The last book of The Wounded Kingdom trilogy has arrived, and the good news is that our assassin’s story ends with a bang not a whimper. Strap yourselves in, things are going to get emotional.

King of Assassins begins with a significant time jump. Though he still accompanies Merela Karn, Girton is no longer an apprentice. In the service of his childhood friend Rufra ap Vythr, he has grown to become a master of his chosen craft. The High King’s succession was always going to bring out
Lashaan Balasingam (Bookidote)
You can find my review on my blog by clicking here.

The Wounded Kingdom trilogy has grown to be one of the most enthralling excavation of a young assassin’s place in the world as he slowly discovers who he is and what he is capable of whilst protecting those who he loves the most from those who want nothing more than death, but also from himself. From deadly confrontations to heartbreaking revelations, the story never seized to play with its reader’s emotions from cover to cover. But what tru
Sep 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So closes the tale of Girton Club-Foot, Death’s Jester and Chosen of Xus. All the threads have come together to weave this magnificent tapestry that is known as The Wounded Kingdom trilogy. King of Assassins has not only landed on the list of my favorite reads of the year, but is also one of the most satisfying endings to a series I have ever experienced.

The story takes place many years after the events of Blood of Assassins as King Rufra ap Vthyr embarks on an arduous journey to acquire the throne of High K
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  • Age of Assassins (The Wounded Kingdom, #1)
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