Blade Reforged (Fallen Blade Series #4)

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After the fall of the goddess of justice, temple assassin Aral Kingslayer lost his purpose in life and turned to the bottle. That might have been the end of him if luck hadn?t given him a few people to help him get back on his feet?notably the irresistible Baroness Maylien Dan Marchon, who once sought his aid in claiming the throne that?s rightfully hers. Reluctant to resume the role of an assassin, he turned her down.
 
But now Aral has ...
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Overview


After the fall of the goddess of justice, temple assassin Aral Kingslayer lost his purpose in life and turned to the bottle. That might have been the end of him if luck hadn’t given him a few people to help him get back on his feet—notably the irresistible Baroness Maylien Dan Marchon, who once sought his aid in claiming the throne that’s rightfully hers. Reluctant to resume the role of an assassin, he turned her down.
 
But now Aral has learned that one of the few people willing to help him in his darkest days has been imprisoned by Maylien’s uncle, King Thauvik. Aral knows he can’t let an old friend die, but the alternative is to return to the life he left years ago. It was the death of Thauvik’s half brother that earned Aral the name Kingslayer, and now he is thrust into a war that will see no end until he lives up to his name…
 
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Praise for the Fallen Blade Novels

“Aral the jack, formerly the noble Aral Kingslayer, is the best kind of hero: damaged, cynical, and despondent, yet needing only the right cause to rise from his own ashes.”—Alex Bledsoe, author of The Girls with Games of Blood

“Filled with multifaceted characters, layered plots, and the type of quixotic scenarios that only the imagination of Kelly McCullough could possibly create. The author, once again, crosses genres…Stories by Kelly McCullough are one of a kind—just like him. I found Aral’s world to be compelling and highly addictive. Brilliant!”—Huntress Book Reviews
 
“The world McCullough sets up was certainly the highlight of the book for me. I enjoy fantasy-world politics and dark humor, both of which are in abundance here.”—Night Owl Reviews

From the Publisher
Praise for the Fallen Blade Novels

“Aral the jack, formerly the noble Aral Kingslayer, is the best kind of hero: damaged, cynical, and despondent, yet needing only the right cause to rise from his own ashes.”—Alex Bledsoe, author of The Girls with Games of Blood

“Filled with multifaceted characters, layered plots, and the type of quixotic scenarios that only the imagination of Kelly McCullough could possibly create. The author, once again, crosses genres…Stories by Kelly McCullough are one of a kind—just like him. I found Aral’s world to be compelling and highly addictive. Brilliant!”—Huntress Book Reviews
 
“The world McCullough sets up was certainly the highlight of the book for me. I enjoy fantasy-world politics and dark humor, both of which are in abundance here.”—Night Owl Reviews

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780425262320
  • Publisher: Ace
  • Publication date: 6/25/2013
  • Series: Fallen Blade Series , #4
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 285,292
  • Product dimensions: 4.20 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author


Kelly McCullough was raised and educated by free-range hippies. Later he received a degree in theater and worked in improv. That combination was the perfect preparation for his current career as author and cat herder. He lives in the Midwest with his physics-professor wife, Laura. He enjoys hiking and biking and his role as self-heating cat furniture. He is the author of the WebMage and Fallen Blade series.
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  • Posted July 22, 2013

    Flawed Characters, Unique Setting, HIGHLY Recommended!

    Yet another in an amazingly well written series, Blade Reforged continues the tale of Aral in this the fourth volume of an ongoing work. Touching back on earlier events and the repercussions of them, it certainly helps to have read the previous books but can still be read on its own, dealing with matters back in Tien. Aral's ex, Jax, and his apprentice are mentioned but not shown this time, while old characters both good and bad from the first novel make a reappearances throughout. Also featured are some startling revelations about a few of Tien's more pivotal side characters whom our protagonist has interacted with in the past.

    This book once more proves McCullough's skill at presenting a unique setting with layered characters that continue to grow and develop over the course of the series and is well worth a read for anyone who has read the first entry, even if they may have skipped later books. Fast paced while continuing to flesh out more of the city, there is a strong sense of realism as the city itself has changed over time, altered by the course of events in very tangible ways, particularly the Old Mews that are now finally finalizing construction and being reinhabited after the disaster during the first book, and the construction taking place during the second. The introduction of a new antagonist helps to up the stakes, a reveal that fits naturally into the story and makes the previous greatest threat from the last book pale in comparison, much akin to the reveal of the Emperor alongside Darth Vader in the Empire Strikes Back.

    Things end on a high note, though not without some cost to the main character, and wind down with all the loose ends more or less tied up in Tien, freeing the character for what are like to be adventures abroad in the next installment.

    A VERY well written book that pushes both the character's personal growth and the setting itself forward, with a distinct Asian flare to the standard fantasy fare medieval culture, immersive writing with a unique magic system and a fleshed out cast, I can't recommend this enough to any fan of fantasy and the subtler sorts of swordplay. Great for anyone who enjoys flawed heroes and assassins, or simply enjoys a good book that'll make you forget the real world for a while!

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  • Posted July 22, 2013

    fun and interesting with a twist

    This is much better than I thought it would be when I first bought it. I expected more of the same as the last several books. This was a nice surprise.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 11, 2013

    Great read

    A little short, but he makes every page count.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 2, 2013

    Intriguing

    Interesting world the author has created. While the characters are a little shallow, I still really enjoyed this book.



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