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The Assassin's Tale

(The Ottoman Cycle #3)

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The Old World… the world of sin… the world of death…

Italy, 1493: As the inquisition takes hold in Spain and the Vatican seethes under the rule of the Borgias, Skiouros finally sets his mind to his ultimate mission since leaving the great city of Istanbul: the death of the usurper sultan, Cem.

Gathering old friends and new, Skiouros travels the length of Italy in his ques

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Kindle Edition, 248 pages
Published July 17th 2017 by Canelo (first published May 27th 2014)
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Robin Quine
Another fast paced and well crafted story to complete this trilogy. A fantastic story moving across exotic locations all described in meticulous detail. The pace of the story is relentless....There is an urgency and inevitability to Skiouros’ quest....and yet the twists and turns in the narrative lead to continued tension and surprises. Skiouros (unlike his fellow adventurers) is portrayed as someone who is uncertain of his abilities at times and who questions his own motivation at times. A comp ...more
Jerry Mercer
Jan 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Exciting Story

Once again, Turney has created a well-written story that deals with an historical era. The characters are interesting, the descriptions are good, the plot is smoothly presented, and the dialogue fits. Tourney has an excellent vocabulary.
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Jul 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Assassin's Tale

What a tale it is! The tale of intrigue, betrayal and revenge takes the reader through a conflict of emotion. Recommend read.
Leonard Bacica
Oct 01, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After taking us from Istanbul to Crete and from there, by land and by sea along the North Coast of Africa to Spain and from there even to the inconceivable beyond, Skiouros' adventures take him to Italy for this third book, where his ultimate foe is alleged to be.

This is of course an opportunity for Simon to talk at large about Italy at the end of the 15th century, and the portrait painted is - not unexpectedly - not entirely complimentary.

By this time our hero, Skiouros the Greek, has formed a
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Paul Bennett
Jun 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's a simple arrangement really, Mr. Turney writes and then I revel in the reading. This is the third book in The Ottoman Cycle which takes place in the late 15th century and has taken the protagonist from his home of Istanbul in his quest to avenge the death of his brother. At the end of book two, Skiouros in a mad dash from certain death finds himself aboard The Pinta and winds up in The New World. His time there, though brief, has imbued him with a strengthened resolve and a new sense of pat ...more
Lorac625
Dec 26, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Marvelous and sad

I have hugely enjoyed everything SJA Turney has written and I hope he keeps on writing. I don't always like what happens, but with the Roman army or vengeful Greeks,people are going to die. The storylines are always remarkable enough to do as this one has, and keep me up past my bedtime. One thing I particularly like is that characters are rarely cardboard cutouts-they seem real,and often as conflicted as they ought to be in their circumstances.
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Other books in the series

The Ottoman Cycle (4 books)
  • The Thief's Tale (The Ottoman Cycle, #1)
  • The Priest's Tale (The Ottoman Cycle, #2)
  • The Pasha's Tale (The Ottoman Cycle, #4)