The Assassin's Tale
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...more
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.
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 ...more
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.
A born and bred Yorkshireman with a love of country, history and architect ...more