Blood of Assassins
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...more
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. ...more
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 ...more
Girton and Merela Karn have spend 5 years travelling and plying their trade in foreign lands but ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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, ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
Whoa! - 4.5/5 stars. Barker peppers his writing with a few of these beautiful, somewhat, therapeutic insights.
I'm loving 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 ...more
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 ...more
But that's just my disappointment at wh ...more
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