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To save a king, kill a 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 uncover a plot to murder Rufra on what should be the day of the king's greatest victory. But while Girton deals with threats inside and outside Rufra's war encampment, he can't help wondering if his greatest enemy hides beneath his own skin.

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

©2018 RJ Barker (P)2018 Little, Brown Book Group

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  • TClews
  • 05-09-18

A series that will stay with me forever.

When I listen to or read anything by R.J it reminds me of one thing only. Robin Hobb, if that isn't enough of a reason to check this series our I don't know what is.

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  • Paul
  • 04-30-18

Good effort for a 2nd book

It starts slow but gets moving a third of the way in. It is actually more of a who done it that you would have expected

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  • Luke Beckett
  • 03-21-18

Harder read than the first but definitely well worth it

I went on to this straight after the first in the series as I had enjoyed it so much.
This was a bit more difficult than the first one, mainly because Gerten has changed quite a lot from the first book.

You know when you’re reading Harry Potter 5 and he’s being an insufferable tool for most of the book, flying off the handle for no reason and generally being horrid to everyone, including the people trying to help him? And you know it’s because he’s got PTSD from seeing a friend die, and because he’s a teenager trying to deal with devastating personal tragedy, so you can understand... but it also doesn’t make it any easier to read!
Well it’s exactly like that - except the anger and the violence are magnified ten fold by the bleak, hard and dangerous setting that the author has created here.
I found that hard going and shouted at Gerten a lot of times as I was driving around listening, but it is all worth it in the end.
I still ploughed through the whole thing in 4 days because I so wanted to know what happened. The characters are getting deeper, the story more complex and rewarding. This is a great series, with a haunting setting and some richly drawn social attitudes based on their environment. I’m really looking forward to hearing the next one.

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  • G. P. Brown
  • 02-27-18

Not quite as good as the first book.

I felt like Blood of Assassins was a decent enough read but not nearly as much fun as Age of Assassins. The story was decent enough but I did feel like it had a slowish start and overall I was not quite as engaged while listening to the happenings as I was while listening to those in the first book.

I also felt like Girton himself was the cause of a bit of frustration. There was a 5 year time jump between Age of Assassins and Blood of Assassins yet in that time Girton does not appear to have matured emotionally at all and often reacted to things like a moody 14 year old having a tantrum!

I did still enjoy this as it had a lot of the elements that made the first book a good story. This is a coming of age fantasy with a slightly YA feel to it but the action and mystery are decent enough.

Joe Jameson gave a great performance of the audio and he is a good fit for fantasy with younger lead characters.