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King of Assassins

The Wounded Kingdom, Book 3
By: RJ Barker
Narrated by: Joe Jameson
Series: The Wounded Kingdom, Book 3
Length: 17 hrs and 17 mins
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Publisher's Summary

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

Many years of peace have passed in Maniyadoc, years of relative calm for the assassin Girton Club-Foot. Even the Forgetting Plague, which ravaged the rest of the kingdoms, seemed to pass them by. But now Rufra ap Vthyr eyes the vacant High-King's throne and will take his court to the capital, a rat's nest of intrigue and murder, where every enemy he has ever made will gather and the endgame of 20 years of politics and murder will be played out in his bid to become the King of all Kings.

Friends become enemies, enemies become friends and the god of death, Xus the Unseen, stands closer than ever - casting his shadow over everything most dear to Girton.

The Wounded Kingdom trilogy begins with Age of Assassins, continues with Blood of Assassins and concludes with King of Assassins.

©2018 RJ Barker (P)2018 Hachette Audio UK

Critic Reviews

 Reveals its mysteries with the style of a magic show and the artful grace of a gifted storyteller' Nicholas Eames, author of Kings of the Wyld 

 

 'Outstanding . . . Kept me reading well into the early hours of the morning'

  James Islington, author of The Shadow of What Was Lost

 

'Readers will appreciate Barker's complex mythology and smoothly flowing plot'

Publishers Weekly

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Fitting end for an great trilogy

The narrator takes some time to get into the book. But once there, it is perfect as a quick escape of reality.

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  • Eddie
  • 08-01-19

Brilliant Conclusion

I listened to Blood of Assassins and King of Assassins back to back. Any and every opportunity I had to listen was not wasted. Totally gripping. Moving forward 15 years between the two books is jarring for a few minutes but soon the story drags headlong into the plot. You cannot help but like Girton. Although older and wiser he is still very prone to making mistakes and jumping to the wrong conclusions. There is also a friendship you'd not expect but you feel it's strength throughout the story. As with the other books in the series you never know where the plot will take you - the twists are many but they never feel forced or convoluted. Its a murder mystery in a fantasy realm. There's magic but it's incidental as well as crucial to the story (as much as that may seem counter-intuitive). The ending is as satisfying as you hope and, as with all the best stories, leaves you wanting more.

Joe Jameson has the gift of bringing life to the characters and purpose to the story, you're hooked on what he's saying and how he's saying it. I have no idea how much input, if any, the author has on the way the narrator reads but it feels as if they have worked together to present this great story. As much as a story should be the driving factor on whether I choose to listen/read a book, if Joe Jameson is the narrator it will count in the book's favour.

Read/listen to this trilogy, they're excellent.

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  • Jane Miller
  • 03-19-19

Absorbing and cdeative, loved it!

I thoroughly enjoyed this e.fire seties. Loved the characters and was immersed in this foreign land. I will miss it and hope one day TH sides decide to take us back again.

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  • Barry
  • 03-02-19

One of the best trilogies I’ve ever read.

A thoroughly riveting story with book three being, for me, the best yet. Thank you to RJ Barker for your creativeness and to Joe Jameson for such a wonderful narration.

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  • Daniel
  • 02-19-19

Good

These books are very entertaining. However the interludes are boring and they keep coming up just when things are getting good.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-30-19

Wow

Truly an astounding book it made me laugh and cry this is an amazing book

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  • S. Binley
  • 10-28-18

Simply brilliant

Fantastic end to a brilliant trilogy, loved ever moment following all the characters through their journey.

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  • Gregg Magenheimer
  • 10-17-18

beware, my book started on chapter 23!

Great series and narration, really enjoyed apart from the fact that the download was mixed up.and started half way thru.. I tried to work out, but there was nothing to warn me or explain.. I thought maybe all would.be explained but was very disappointed when I got to then end at chapter 25 of 48!

Nothing wrong with the story, but Audible, take more care!

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  • JPA
  • 10-16-18

Superb and satisfying conclusion to the trilogy.

This series clicked with me immediately, back in book one. The second book jumped some years, as does this one, but those time jumps worked and worked well!

Revelations and character (and relationship) progression, expansion on world building - which was fantastic. Morale dilemmas, action, suspense and intrigue galore. This book wrapped up the series so very well and left me feeling completely satisfied!

Highly, highly recommended.

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  • Shirl
  • 10-13-18

fabulous ending to the trilogy

never predictable always gripping. I have spent many hours sat on my drive listening to this trilogy. great storyline through all 3 books highly recommended. excellent narration. what a great combo! audio book at its best.

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  • Graham G.
  • 09-17-18

Fantastic conclusion

Really good trilogy that, unlike most, improves with each book. The characters are very well developed and truly become endeared to the reader. Most highly recommended with the wish that the trilogy continues....with Joe Jameson escorting us along the way.

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  • Jaime
  • 01-21-19

Good Series

A series that had a good ending that was tied up well. Hope to see some more books by this author.