Tag: assassin

Jun 03
The Emperor’s Blades by Brian Staveley

The Emperor’s Blades by Brian Staveley

Reviews 0 ★★★½

The Emperor's Blades is one of my most anticipated reads of 2014. It sounds like a promising début: an awesome world populated by people who aren't all white, some sinister sounding magic and politics, and a story following the Emperor's three children after his death.

The title refers not to some mythical weaponry, but the three children whose lives are thrown into turmoil after the sudden death of their father the Emperor. The eldest is Adare, who is perfectly suited to ruling after her father, except that her being a woman stops her from doing so. The heir is Kaden,...

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Feb 20
A Dance of Blades by David Dalglish

A Dance of Blades by David Dalglish

Reviews 0 ★★

Alas! My avoidance of sequels has been justified. Ok, so. A Dance of Cloaks, while predictable, was an enjoyable and satisfying read. Its successor, A Dance of Blades, is a hot mess of confused tropes and incessant violence, with almost no character development and no overreaching theme that I could…

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Nov 12
A Dance of Cloaks by David Dalglish

A Dance of Cloaks by David Dalglish

Reviews 0 ★★★½

Inspired in part by the great George R. R. Martin and the incredible Brent Weeks, the first book of David Dalglish’s Shadowdance series is a page-turner, make no mistake!  Though never lacking in action, blood, torture and political intrigue (all the things I love), I found the character development a tad…

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May 24
The Pirate’s Wish by Cassandra Rose Clarke

The Pirate’s Wish by Cassandra Rose Clarke

Reviews 2 ★★★★

Picking up almost exactly where The Assassin’s Curse left off, The Pirate’s Wish follows Ananna and Naji as they travel around their world, trying to complete three impossible tasks to break the curse between them. Adventurous and exciting, this book concludes their journey together and introduces us to a few…

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Oct 31
The Assassin’s Curse by Cassandra Rose Clarke

The Assassin’s Curse by Cassandra Rose Clarke

Reviews 2 ★★★★★

Ananna doesn’t trust pretty people, and her parents have picked the clueless but extremely handsome heir of the Hariri clan, Tarrin, for her to marry. Decidedly unhappy at the prospect, Ananna runs away from her parents, her life as a pirate, and everything she knows and holds dear. But she…

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Aug 10
Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Reviews 2

Date published: 7th August 2012 Publisher: Bloomsbury Children’s US Format: Paperback, 404 pages Series: Throne of Glass, Book 1 ISBN 13: 9781599906959 ISBN 10: 1599906953 Categories: Fantasy Goodreads / The Book Depository / Booktopia (AU) Source: provided by the publisher via NetGalley for review Challenge: 2012 Debut Author Challenge After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt…

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Feb 13
Assassin’s Quest by Robin Hobb

Assassin’s Quest by Robin Hobb

Reviews 0 ★★★★★

As the final book in The Farseer Trilogy, I was expecting great things from Assassin’s Quest, and it did not disappoint. It is a strong book, full of surprises and plot twists, and it kept me guessing until the last page. Fitz’s journey has been wonderful, and I feel like…

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Feb 07
Royal Assassin by Robin Hobb

Royal Assassin by Robin Hobb

Reviews 0 ★★★★★

The story-telling in this series keeps getting better. I was sucked into this book from the first chapter, and found myself reading it hungrily in large chunks. While the action moved slowly, it was driven by character development. Prince Regal’s scheming allowed the climax to build steadily, with the author…

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Jan 28
Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb

Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb

Reviews 0 ★★★★★

As usual with Robin Hobb, this story is rich in detail and has empathetic, believable characters. The politics of the world were clear and the sense of place was strong. Reading about Fitz as he grew up and slowly found acceptance within the royal household was fascinating for me since life in…

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Oct 06
The Emperor’s Knife by Mazarkis Williams

The Emperor’s Knife by Mazarkis Williams

Reviews 0 ★★★½

This is a wonderfully woven tale that centres on the politics in the Emperor’s court. The story is told from the view of four major characters: Prince Sarmin, who has been imprisoned all his life as insurance in case his brother, Emperor Beyon, leaves no heir; Mesema, a plains-woman from…

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