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Lady Death

(Deathsworn Arc #0.5)

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  35 ratings  ·  18 reviews
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Vashni is doing guild work in Cormaroth, when a mysterious new mark is offered to her. The intended victim is said to hold a secret, so sensitive - the church has offered a small fortune to see the holder silenced. Can Vashni resist the temptation of a forbidden truth? Or will her whimsical desi
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Ellie Moore
Aug 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really enjoyed it. Great intro to the series. Interesting to learn a bit about Vashni's background. ...more
Martyn Stanley
Oct 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
I thought about writing this for a long time. There's a real air of mystery about Vashni at the start of book 1. You don't really get a feel for who she is and what her motivations are during The Last Dragon Slayer. I read and re-read book 1 and the rest of the series and asked myself - why was Vashni in Trest? She says in the books, 'A true master of deception mixes lies with the truth' or something to that effect so that had to come into it. I wanted to reinforce the idea that though formidabl ...more
Jim Pike
Jan 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
Quick little short story about Vashni, and how she came to travel with the companions. Gives her more of a backstory, than you had from the first book in the Deathsworn Arc series. Nicely put together, and very well told. The story progresses naturally, and flows evenly. Reading descriptions of things, I could actually picture it in my mind. You can read this first, or at any time in the series, as a filler.
Angela Maher
Jan 30, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi-fantasy
A relatively short read that functions well as an introduction to this author's work, and/or to provide an interesting piece of extra story for an intriguing key character in the series. ...more
Feb 06, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A new posting.

Wonderful tale of an assassin's guild. Meet death's motivation. Fine tale with some world building and character development. Follow the dark fae's footsteps.
Selaya Morton
Nov 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Finally! On several fronts: first, the fact that I'm getting my reading life back on track; second, an early finish to the workday for a change; and third, this super "lead-in" novella to the Deathsworn Arc series - which was first on my renewed list anyway. Since I discovered the series I've been a fan of Vashni so this was a little piece of happy relaxation for me. To learn some of her background and skillset(s) has not diminished that.

The Elven characters are, of course, already well known t
Feb 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If, like me, you're a fan of the Deathsworn Arc, you will love this short prequel. If you don't know this series yet, do yourself a favor and download Lady Death ASAP. It's a short read and I guarantee that you'll want to jump into the next novel immediately. This prequel features my favorite character, Lady Vashni. Looking back at my reviews of this Arc, I see that she was my fave ever since the first volume because she's strong, smart and independent. This is a prequel so she still hasn't been ...more
Feb 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a nice intro into the life of assassin Vashni. While she likes to portray herself as a heartless killer she does have an odd sense of compassion. Her sense of right and wrong is a bit murky at times and due to her long life seems to not have the patience for the games that humans with their short lives play. I like her pragmatic sense of self. For her the contracts she takes are more of something to fill her boredom than from any type of malice. I must admit I am very intrigued in follo ...more
Scarolet Ellis
Mar 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lady Death (Deathsworn Arc Book 0) by Martyn Stanley is a wonderful story that I have read. This is book 0 in this wonderful start to a brand new series writen by a brand new author for me to read. I hgihly recommend this story to everyone who loves reading about fantasy.

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Feb 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lady Death is a great introduction to Vashni, one of the main characters in the series. It's a great introduction to the series if you're new to it, or a pleasant interlude if you're already fully immersed in this world of elves, dragons, and magic.

This review is entirely my own, unbiased, opinion.
The Mustache Louie Matos
Lady Death by Martyn Stanley is a satellite story of the Deathsworn Arc series of novels. This serves as an intriguing intro to one of the key characters, Vashni, a guild assassin that has been contracted by the church to silence a target. Although Vashni’s skills are unquestioned (she is after all, Lady Death) she does have a streak of curiosity that does not lend itself to being an elite killer. The story deepens Vashni’s characterization. Plotting, climax, denouement work well to communicate ...more
Joan Lloyd
Nov 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
short and enjoyable. It doesn't move on to volume 1. ...more
Sauron Moridor
Nov 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Well worth acquiring

There are many sword and magic books around these days, but his one with an assassin heroine is well worth acquiring and reading
Sean Talbot
For an introduction this was pretty good.  Though I was hoping for more especially as it seemed to end just as it was about to get good.
I like the fact that they tease you with bits of her past which makes you want to read more.  The fact that she seems like an enigma and you don't have any real information about who she is or why she became the best assassin.
I love the idea of the story and really found that it was very good.   What I found hard that the taste you got left you wanting more and
Alice Anne Bluhm
Elves and others

I enjoyed this sample so much I am going to buy the book .This is turning into a mystery.Does she do it or not!!!!
The Celestial Archive
Nov 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: misc-books
This was a fun little read I managed in 2 hours tops and it was interesting.

And by that I mean I was interested to see what Vashni did before becoming the Smurfette of the companions group. :D

No, surprise there, as the title suggests, she was an assassin. This novella documents the start of her contract to kill Brael. It was fun to see her use her powers for not so noble purposes, like paralysis, mind control and memory wiping.

It shows that she wasn't really a noble person when the companions
Jason Brock
Mar 03, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this

Definatly has me wanting to read book 1 of the series..very good fish hook indeed vashni intrigued me and want to know if she succeeded in her plans
Julie Powell
May 22, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was given this story and having read the series, including The Temple of the Mad Gad, it was an interesting look into how Vashni thinks and how she may change.

It's a great introduction to the series, laying a good foundation for what's to come.

Well-written and enjoyable.

Worth a look.
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Award winning writer, Martyn Stanley is married to his wife, Rachael, and has two young children. He lives in a small village on the Staffordshire, Cheshire border and is a director at a small manufacturing unit. He has always been interested in writing, and over the years has spent many hours writing for pleasure on forums, as well as writing some short stories. "The Last Dragon Slayer" is his fi ...more

Other books in the series

Deathsworn Arc (5 books)
  • The Last Dragon Slayer (Deathsworn Arc, #1)
  • The Verkreath Horror (Deathsworn Arc, #2)
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  • Rise of the Archmage (Deathsworn Arc, #4)
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