Having two of his fingers cut off at an early age hadn't done much to make Xandrith an agreeable fellow. Besides marking him as a pariah and having him shunned by even his own family, it had also hurt. A lot. Being stripped of a few of his fingers and cast out of the Order of Mages had left him bitter and angry, but if there was any consolation to be had it was that he was doing rather well in his new line of work. While perforating people for money might not have been the most noble of callings, it was quite lucrative. Well, it had been quite lucrative.
In a conspiracy of fate seemingly beyond his control, Xan soon finds himself facing a dilemma of conscience, and that isn't something he's familiar with. One dilemma leads to another, and before long the mage-turned-assassin finds himself performing more and more honorable deeds. Worse yet, without even attempting to do so he manages to acquire friends and to develop a sense of compassion.
As Xan struggles with his burgeoning humanity, a terrible darkness begins to wake in the world. The Order of Mages, once an overbearing power of control, seems to be losing its grip as a terrifying doom of their own creation rises in the north. As if that isn't enough, the horror brought upon the world by the folly of the mages may be only the precursor to something far more sinister.
©2014 Heath Pfaff (P)2015 Heath Pfaff
There was great characters not perfect people that have done no wrong but people who were products of what was done to them. Blood on there hands.
Love fantasy and Sci-fi stories, particularly with gray and/or ambiguous characters.
Entertaining and exciting story with a focus on an interesting protagonist. Loved the twists and the world Heath Pfaff has built. The series does suffer from the god-protagonist syndrome but the story is still worth a read. Not a lot of suspense as the story unfolds as you expect but still an entertaining read.
I really enjoyed the main characters Rogue personality, very charming and witty and a very dark world. at the end of the book he gets a little grimdark , but it pulls itself out of that with a satisfying ending.
has a lot of ups and downs to the story. humor was on point.
The book started a little slow but picked up. It was a great journey through character development, but it seems like the ending was rushed.
"Terrible reading, great story."
No. The reading grates too much
Xandrith is a great hero.
Its testament to the quality of the story that I put up with the reading. Tripping over words and incredibly bad voices nearly ruined it (the falsetto fae queen saying "we must away" nearly broke me, as did the wizard with an attempted Jamaican accent. The story is everything you want in a fantasy book though and I would still recommend.
i enjoyed this story quite a lot.
Got a few twists and turns and on the odd occasion I did chuckle to myself.
i would recommend this to anyone who likes dark fantasy.
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