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Age of Assassins

(The Wounded Kingdom #1)

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  3,566 ratings  ·  527 reviews
To catch an assassin, use an assassin...

Girton Club-foot, apprentice to the land's best assassin, still has much to learn about the art of taking lives. But his latest mission tasks him and his master with a far more difficult challenge: to save a life. Someone, or many someones, is trying to kill the heir to the throne, and it is up to Girton and his master to uncover the
Paperback, 408 pages
Published August 1st 2017 by Orbit
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Sabrina Girton says that to Drusl bacause him being the youngest child would make him “ less important “, ( also because he does not consider himself someone …moreGirton says that to Drusl bacause him being the youngest child would make him “ less important “, ( also because he does not consider himself someone of nobility ).
I do believe that a Blessed person, is someone with nobility.

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Aug 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Petrik by: Eon ♒Windrunner♒
4.5/5 stars

A highly enjoyable debut; I finished Age of Assassins in less than 24 hours.

I think people need to set their expectations right when they’re going to read this book. If you expect this to be an Assassin’s Creed type of story where the assassin goes on full throttle killing mode or be involved in a battle against another assassin for the majority of the book, you’re most likely going to be disappointed. I came into this expecting it to be something along the line of Robin Hobb’s Assass
James Tivendale
May 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: freecopy, fantasy
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 th
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
UPDATE: $1.99 kindle US today

Well, I just loved this book! Some books have a weird way of grabbing me and reeling me in and this one dud just that!!

Mel 🖤🐾🐺💕

Whenever a book ends up failing me big time, especially one I expected so much out of, I usually spend the rest of my day screaming internally (sometimes out loud) that I'd wasted my time when I could’ve read some other book.
However, that's not the case here because, although I was greatly disappointed, I'm also weirdly glad that my curiosity is now satisfied... and I can breathe.


First and foremost, can we please talk about the title for a minute? Since it was the only
Mogsy (MMOGC)
4.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

Okay, I’m seriously impressed. Orbit is really killing it with the 2017 debuts (no pun intended), releasing yet another winner in Age of Assassins by R.J. Barker. Though this book had caught my attention earlier this year with its Assassin vs. Assassin premise, I still found myself unprepared for just how enjoyable and addictive it was.

“To catch an assassin, use an assassin…” This is the situation Queen Adran has found h
James Islington
Jun 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved this one.

I’ve been fortunate enough to read several good books lately, but this is the first in a long time that I’ll be mentioning to my friends as soon as I see them, rather than just when the topic of ‘so what have you been reading’ comes up. And then I'll be insisting that they read it themselves. And then if they don’t, I'll probably be buying them copies for Christmas as a passive-aggressive way of forcing them to anyway.

So to my mind, it’s not just good. It’s spread-the-word good
TS Chan
Sep 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: physical-owned
4.5 stars.

An excellent debut, Age of Assassins was a well-crafted and compelling coming-of-age tale - one that's not exactly what you expect a typical assassin story to be.

It's the story of Girton, a club-footed orphan who became the apprentice to a master assassin, Merela.  While there may be echoes of the orphaned apprentice and master trope, there is nothing derivative about it.  Similarly, even though there were familiar and well-used concepts of coming-of-age stories with Girton being the s
Eon ♒Windrunner♒
Aug 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourites
Feb 2019 - Right, AoA reread done. I am rereading the first two books in preparation for finally reading the final book. Age of Assassins is still just as good as the first time I read it. LOVE IT.


Ok, firstly, what is UP with all the amazing debuts?

These authors make writing look easy and I find myself getting whiplash from every time I do a double take at the mention that an amazing book I just read is a debut effort! Well
Nov 21, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book got much praise and is deemed as one of the best debuts this year but unfortunately, it really didn't work for me.

This is not going to be a long rant where I blame the author because I didn't like his book. I'll keep it short and try to convey the things that bothered me the most.

The story never managed to grip me and it was dragging a lot. The first half of the book was very boring and that's not what I expected from a mystery/assassins novel. I didn't care for any of the characters
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Actual rating: 3.5 stars

“Bad friends are worse than no friends”

I initially rated this 4 stars, I am so behind on my reviews and after two months of reading this. I think it is somewhere between 3-3.5 stars only. It is not that I have anything against the book or author, I actually picked it up for my book club. But it is the fact that it was just an average book that I almost forgot about already.

The problem that I have with this book is not
Jan 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
I've wanted to read this for a long time, but I haven't had a chance to until now, and I'm so glad I picked this one up on audio. Apologies for the spelling of names, as I did audiobooks these are all my best guesses on how things are spelled.

Our main character, Gertin, was raised as a slave until age six when he was sold at auction to a new "owner". His new master is an assassin,  she bought him at auction out of the kindness of her heart as counterintuitive as that seems. He has a clubbed foot
Scott  Hitchcock
2.5*'s based on a strong ending.

This is one of those books where I had high hopes because the reviews from many who share common interests were so good. The writing itself was good. The author's style flowed. The problem was the story itself was very boring and overly simplistic as were the character interaction and development.

The two main assassin's conversations drove me crazy with how naive sounding they were. The apprentice constantly referring to his master as "my master" and went counti
Oct 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: my-sff-faves
This book is one I should have read the moment I first met the author, because I knew I would just love it, and I did. This is definitely my kind of fantasy when I want something light and exciting and something I know will keep me reading and wanting to find out what happens next and who the characters really are and what they care about. This follows young Girton Club-foot who is an apprentice to the best of the Assassins in the world. He and his master, travel the realm finding work along the ...more
Dec 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
I really enjoyed this. I found the relationship between Girton and his Master quite touching. There was action at the beginning and the end but for the main part, it was more about life and investigation within the castle and the dynamics and loyalties of its dwellers. I don’t know if this book is categorised as YA or not, but it many ways it is. In this world, sorcery is a source of destruction and feared by most others. It seems a largely medieval fantasy world, the most interesting part of wh ...more
Petros Triantafyllou
Jan 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing

Age of Assassins takes Fantasy to a whole new level.

Girton Club-Foot is an apprentice to the world's greatest assassin, Merela Karn. At the age of fifteen he's already great at taking lives, but his latest mission comes in contrast with anything he has learned so far: Instead of killing someone, he's called to protect him. Prince Aydor is the heir
Liz Barnsley
Jun 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Age of Assassins is pure energy on the page – a banging brilliant fantasy novel in a year where there are a fair few banging fantasy novels coming out, this one stands out.

I couldn’t put this damn book down once I picked it up – Girton Club-Foot, apprentice assassin, does not allow for such a thing as he and his mentor hunt for an, erm assassin. In a cleverly developed and endlessly intriguing plot the pair of them sneak around in plain sight, trying to save the heir to the throne in a land that
Nov 06, 2018 rated it it was ok
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Everything about this book was vanilla and unremarkable. That would have been fine if it was a stand-alone and not a series. I won't be continuing.

- Usually with a book with quite a number of characters, there is always at-least one of them you get attached to but in this, there wasn’t any tbh. I liked the main character, a club-footed assassin because although he could kill you in seconds, he’s also very childish (he’s 15 I think) and wants to fit in and have friends but I didn’t
Jan 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audio, overdrive
Fifteen year old Girton Club-foot has been apprenticed to the assassin Merela Karn since he was 6. Most people do not realize that the country's best assassin is a woman. Her former friend Queen Adran summons her to track down the assassin who plans to murder her son (and heir to the throne of the dying king) Prince Aydor, a deeply disliked pig of a boy. They agree to stay at Maniyadoc Castle to investigate the conspiracy. Girton poses as a squire and must pretend to be awkward and inept as he u ...more
Aug 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
This was an old school traditional coming of age fantasy tale. The world building was adequate without being anything special but R.J. Barker had an engaging enough writing style to suck me into his story and both the plot and characters were good.

We followed apprentice assassin Girton Club-foot as he, and his master, were hired to do an unusual job for a pair of assassins. They were hired to save the life of a prince who everyone seems to want dead! Their task was to root out and stop other as
Dec 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I listen to podcasts while driving my car. During last trip, I played Grimtidings podcast featuring RJ Barker. Upon arriving at the hotel, I bought his book. This guy sounds like a nice and positive person. Also, at the end of the podcast, he reads one of Age of Assassins chapters. He does it well. And it’s a strong chapter.

It’s excellent book, guys. Sometimes funny, sometimes sad. Poetic in places. To the point in others.

Queen Adran is a psycho. Her son is an incompetent, dull and aggressive b
Michael Fletcher
May 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Where did I go so wrong?

I used to read three books a week. Now I read a book every three months. Gah!

Anyway. A book has to be awesome to keep me at it for that long. In a three month period I'll likely start four books of which one I will actually finish. This is that book. It totally sucked me in. I lost myself in the story, and forgot I was reading.

Really looking forward to book two.

Highly recommended!
Actual rating 4.5 stars.

Seriously Goodreads, give us the damn half stars.
Mike Everest Evans
The Good: Loveable first person POV, worldbuilding that weaves into the plot and the systems within the story, plenty of twists to keep you guessing, a grand reveal in the finale, and an intriguing combat style that in the hands of another would probably have fallen flat but RJ makes it dance like everyone’s watching.

The Bad: Despite being tagged as 'to catch an assassin, use an assassin' there are no fancies & flips assassin vs assassin face offs. To me, this isn't a bad thing as the book was
Deborah Obida
Mar 03, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Deborah by: Petrik
The best I've read in a while, this book is unlike any book I've ever read though it has some similarities with Assassin's Apprentice in the sense that the story is told by the apprentice who is now an adult.

The book is set in the tired lands where magic is reviled because some sorcerers bled the land so plants barely grow, anyone suspected of having magic is caught and bled to death, their blood is to help make the land more fertile.

The writing and world building is above average though it co
Oct 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I picked this book up on a whim but as they used to say surprise always wait for us where don’t expected.
First of all you must know my ever favorite saga of all times is the royal assassin and when I started to read this book I had the feeling that Girton club foot was the little brother of my Fitz. Age of assassin is more than a book of killing the author wrote a tale about love, loyalty and friendship. No many succeeded this kind of feat and RJ Barker did it without a blink. I can’t wait to re
Nils | nilsreviewsit
Feb 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
‘He breathes in the words that are drilled into him. “No room for fear.” Breathe out. Breath in. “I am the weapon.” He pushes the curtain aside. He walks from one world to another.’
Age of Assassins by RJ Barker is the first book in The Wounded Kingdom trilogy, and I’m really impressed with what a great start this truly was. I mean, I couldn’t put it down, I was literally glued to it!
In short the book is about Merela Karn, an infamous assassin, and her apprentice Girton, who are sent to castle
Twerking To Beethoven
Dec 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
RTC. One day. In 2018. Or later. Anyway, I'll be reading the following installments so I guess I liked it. ...more
Apr 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: e-books-own
I can be very short in this review;
loved the characters,
loved the story,
loved the magic,
loved the religion,
loved the world and its history and
I loved the writing,
I could not put it down and already started Blood of Assassin. What can I say... I'm a fan!
J.P. Ashman
Sep 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Damned fine debut!

As far as debuts go, this one shoots the crossbow bolt out of the castle. As far as books in general go, it does the very same.

Right up my cobbled street. Medieval setting with a fantastical flare that reveals antlered war mounts and colourful armour; reinforced kilts and good ol' Welsh names! I don't see that enough, and as a history geek (specifically Anglo-Welsh wars), this impressed me muchly.

The magic is subtle, but there. And when it is used... vicious! The protag (single
May 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2017, boty2017
Girton Club-Foot is a refreshingly different hero, and this is a splendid tale. Full review on the blog soon.
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