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Blood of Assassins

(The Wounded Kingdom #2)

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4.15  ·  Rating details ·  945 ratings  ·  171 reviews

The king is dead, long live the king...

The assassin Girton Club-foot and his master have returned to Maniyadoc in hope of finding sanctuary, but death, as always, dogs Girton's heels. The place he knew no longer exists.

War rages across Maniyadoc, with three kings claiming the same crown - and one of them is Girton's old friend Rufra. Girton finds himself hurrying to uncov

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Kindle Edition, 464 pages
Published February 13th 2018 by Orbit
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Petrik
Sep 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5/5 stars

Blood of Assassins magnificently transitioned The Wounded Kingdom into a much darker series in an awesome way.


Girton and his master have been living as a mercenary for five years since the end of the event in Age of Assassins. The past five years experience has changed or repressed Girton's personality to something worse. This sequel was a much darker book than its predecessor; at times I feel like it totally belongs in the grimdark genre due to how grey the moral code of Girton was.
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James Tivendale
Jan 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: freecopy, fantasy
I received an advanced review copy of Blood of Assassins in exchange for an honest review. I would like to thank RJ Barker and Orbit Books. *May include minor spoilers*

The second novel in The Wounded Kingdom trilogy picks up the action 5-years after the climactic events of Age of Assassins. The assassin Girton Club-Foot and his master have been operating as mercenaries since they left Maniyadoc. They've travelled throughout the majority of the Tired Lands following violence and battles, putting
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Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
Fantastic sequel! I love Girton Club-Foot! I recommend to all fantasy lovers!

Happy Reading!

Mel 🖤🐺🐾
Gavin
Feb 23, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I felt like Blood of Assassins was a decent enough read but not nearly as much fun as Age of Assassins. I'm not sure if it was a proximity thing or not as I read a bunch of duds in the build up to reading the first book while this sequel caught me coming out of a run of 5 star reads. The end result was I ended up thinking this was a decent enough story but not a particularly memorable or special one.

Girton and Merela Karn have spend 5 years travelling and plying their trade in foreign lands but
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TS Chan
I received an advanced reading copy in exchange for an honest review.

An impressive sequel to an excellent debut, Blood of Assassins draws upon the compelling character development of Girton Club-Foot to underscore a storyline which is at once engaging and unpredictable.

RJ Barker's debut, Age of Assassins, is a coming-of-age story which I thoroughly enjoyed reading. There were varied and mixed reactions, however, due to expectation. Most readers who were disappointed expected a book about an as
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Esme
Jan 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book picks up 5 years or so after the events of the first book. It’s going to be difficult to talk much about the plot without spoiling things, so I suggest you not read this unless you’ve read the first book. I audiobooked this one as well and I apologize for any spelling gaffs.

Following the death of the Queen, the land has been split into three factions – those following Rufra, those following Thomas, and those following Ador. A complex situation arises where Girton is forced to accept a
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J.P. Ashman
Feb 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fabulous sequel to a fabulous debut, both of which are right up my cobbled street.

I really enjoyed R.J's first book. The War of the Roses feel, coupled with definite magical (albeit subtle) fantasy elements was a win for me from the off. The castles. The people. The mounts and the exciting combat. The court life and the intrigue and mystery worked so very well together....

The second book continues this, but on a grander, wider scale.

It's some years later and our favorite apprentice assassin has
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Faith
Jan 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This trilogy combines fantasy with mystery and political intrigue. Girton Club-foot is apprenticed to Merela Karn, an expert assassin. He is also secretly a sorcerer who has never explored his powers and suppresses them with the help of Merela, because in this world sorcery is considered a dangerous curse. At the very beginning of the book Merela is poisoned and Girton has to find a cure for her. He also must solve a murder, identify a traitor and help his old friend King Rufra who is engaged in ...more
Kaitlin
Feb 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
*I was sent this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review*

Another super solid book in this series and I am really happy that the series has continued strong. I love the character of Girton Club-foot, he makes mistakes, but he does them because of passion and emotion, and I really like that in him. Girton is our main character from the first book, and it's been a few years since the end of book one when we pick the storyline back up. He's been travelling with his master,
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Kristen
Jan 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Full review is here, on my blog!

This volume takes place five years after the end of Age of Assassins. Girton Club-Foot and his master Marela Karn are returning to Maniyadoc after several years of absence, and on the way, they get into a scrap with some bounty hunters out for the price on their heads and Girton’s master gets poisoned. Badly. Luckily, they’re close enough to Maniyadoc that one of the three kings who are at constant war in the area picks him up and offers him help. Weirdly, it’s th
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Mogsy (MMOGC)
5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2018/03/13/...

In general, I find that most second books of a trilogy rarely live up to the first one, and so I foolishly thought this would be the case here as well. Well, I’ve never been happier that I was wrong. R.J. Barker has topped his first book with a spectacular sequel containing even more intrigue, more action, and more heart.

Several years have passed since the end of Age of Assassins, and in that time, many changes have come t
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Nils | nilsreviewsit
‘The cold night air is golden. Dying men bleed life into the land. They make a well that is sweeter and deeper than my needs require. I see every danger. I count the glittering spear point. I count the shining sword blades. I count the rusty axeheads. I see the faces twisted in hate, blackened teeth, roaring mouths.’
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It seems that 2019 is my year for awesome fantasy books, because I have read so many great ones. Blood of Assassins by RJ Barker, is no exception because this one was right up my st
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Sabrina
Dec 15, 2017 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
I’m read for this book since the moment I finished the first one.
✨ Is closer by the minute!!! Just a couple more days and finally I’ll have this book🙌.
John McDermott
A brilliant sequel to a brilliant first book. A mystery novel inside a grimdark epic ! Just wonderful. Stunning world building,first rate characterizations ,all delivered by writing of the highest quality. Girton Club-Foot will in turn in madden and infuriate you and then break your heart ; a wonderful lead character. I can't praise this trilogies highly enough. An absolute must read !
Patricia Crowther
Jul 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Actual rating 4.25* - intrigued to see where King of Assassins will go!
The Tattooed Book Geek (Drew).
As always this review can also be found on my blog The Tattooed Book geek: https://thetattooedbookgeek.wordpress...

Blood of Assassins is the sequel to Age of Assassins. Age of Assassins was on my Top Ten Books of 2017 list, it is that good and was one of the fantasy debuts of last year (which let’s face it, 2017 was filled with some amazing debut books from fantasy authors).

If you are yet to read Age of Assassins then you need to rectify that, trust me, you won’t be disappointed! Firstly, becaus
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FanFiAddict
Feb 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I want to thank Orbit for the ARC and Hachette Audio for the ALC in exchange for an honest review, as both provided equal parts enjoyment. I also want to thank the author, RJ Barker, for giving us yet another refreshing and engaging novel in The Wounded Kingdom series.

Be forewarned: This Book is Full of Antlers (sorry David Wong) and will have some spoilers for those who have not read Age of Assassins (and if you are in that group, shame on you).

Some of you may know (if you follow my blog thin
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Mili
Nov 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own-the-book
Great sequel! Follows up on the plot nicely and kinda with the same recipe, looking for a traitor. So a lot of mystery and lack of trust of your fellow people and surroundings. The heaviness of this combined with Girton his struggles make it a gloomy/dark atmosphere. Girton is after all just a person and he gets confronted with hard choices, and his strong emotional feelings towards people make him struggle to make the right ones. This gets him into some difficult situations with big consequence ...more
~Dani~ LazyTurtle's Books
Read this review and more at Book Geeks Uncompromised!

4.5 stars.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. A big thank you to them and to RJ Barker who was kind enough to come on our podcast for an interview!

This review contains minor spoilers for Age of Assassins.

Blood of Assassins picks up five years after the events in Age of Assassins. Girton and his master, Merela, have been travelling as mercenaries for those five years while Maniyadoc has been at
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 Charlie - A Reading Machine
I loved the first book, I loved the second book. It was very different, a bit darker and bit more grown up, but it still had everything I loved from Age though and added a great deal to the world and the lives of all the characters.
Mike Everest Evans
The Good: A return to one of the most relatable POVs in fantasy, development that breathes life into characters-plot-and-world alike, more twists and turns than a maze of mirrors, with a heart at its centre that beats with the life of a full fleshed-out fantasy favourite for years to come.

The Bad: Struggling to put my finger on a ‘bad’ with this one, and the only thing I can come up with is that a few of the ‘reveals’ were ones I expected, however they also served as a double bluff of sorts in s
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Olivia
Dec 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Girton is such a perfect character. Honestly, if you like flawed yet likeable and just a bit lost and torn but also strong and determined, Girton is your man.

It’s five years later and things have changed. Girton lost a lot of his youthful naïveté and gained a lot of anger and fear.

Loyalty is a prominent theme in this book, and I’m a big fan of RJ Barker’s writing.

I recommend this series to all fantasy fans who don’t mind a coming of age story in the first book. I know that’s not everyone’s cup
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Paul
Mar 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great continuation to the series. Girton is a great main character, a walking ball of contradictions and internal struggles that makes him both interesting and likeable.
Overall I think I enjoyed the first book marginally more but there is little in it, with no mid series slump.
The story is great with good plot twists and great action with a three way struggle between kings to win out , and really good character development from book 1.
Now I want to create a decent map of the world. to try to se
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Shae
Jun 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
I was familiar with pain. And if pain was the ocean I was lost in, then I would take some comfort from the knowledge that I had swum these seas before. And I had survived. I would survive.

Whoa! - 4.5/5 stars. Barker peppers his writing with a few of these beautiful, somewhat, therapeutic insights.

I'm loving this series :-)
Izzie
This was an excellent read! Very compelling and I flew through it. One way in which this series stands out to me is its effortless diversity, with women, POC, LGBT+ characters and of course our main character has a disability. I wish more writers took this approach to their characters, it really isn't difficult to represent these groups in novels, especially in fantasy. At once bloody and gory as well as full of heart, this was a really enjoyable read, and I honestly just want to give Girton a h ...more
Wayne
May 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very dark and brooding and not a lot of lightness but it's a really good story and I'm enjoying this series.

The world building is fantastic. The dark and forboding feel is just brilliant and just fits the story perfectly. It's very ominous too which again just adds to the sombre mood of the story.

The characters are good and there is plenty of grey going on. There's not really good and bad characters just people stuck between a rock and a hard place most of the time. There's also a lot of layers
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Lukasz
Feb 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Actual rating: 4.5/5

Age of Assassins by R.J. Barker was awesome. It deserved rapturous applause it received in fantasy circles. It’s definitely one of my Top 5 favorite books published in 2017.

I was hoping the sequel will be at least as good as the first book. It isn’t. Not for me. It is, however, an excellent book that I devoured in two days. It’s just different and while it doesn’t lack strong moments, it didn’t move me the way Age of Assassins did.

On the other hand, I don’t give 4.5 stars ea
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kartik narayanan
Blood of Assassins is a great book but I consider it to be a step-down from Age of Assassins. While it has the same elements that made me give Age of Assassins 5 stars, like the great dialogues and excellent pacing, it is let down by a unnecessarily whiny and angst ridden protagonist. For this reason alone, I am removing a star. If Age of Assassins was The Name of the Rose, Blood of Assassins is The Farseer Trilogy with its self-flagellating main character.

But that's just my disappointment at wh
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Michael
Nov 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: All fans of fantasy
This is an excellent follow-on that, in my opinion, far outstrips RJ Barker's first book. Perhaps that is because this is where the story really gets into gear, I'm not sure. I just found as I did when I read Robin Hobb's Assassin's Apprentice, that the first book was the scene-setter. Blood of Assassins did much the same as Royal Assassin in that it grabbed me by the throat and dragged me into the author's world of magic, revenge, brutality, betrayal and my personal favourite, HONOUR!

If you lik
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The Wounded Kingdom (3 books)
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