Crossed Blades (Fallen Blade Series #3)

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For six years, former temple assassin Aral Kingslayer has been living as a jack of the shadow trades, picking up odd jobs on the wrong side of the law. But the past is never dead, and Aral’s has finally caught up to him in the beautiful, dangerous form of Jax Seldansbane—a fellow Blade and Aral’s onetime fiancée.

Jax claims that the forces that destroyed everything Aral once held dear are on the move again, and she needs his help to stop them. But Aral has a new life now, with a...

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Overview

For six years, former temple assassin Aral Kingslayer has been living as a jack of the shadow trades, picking up odd jobs on the wrong side of the law. But the past is never dead, and Aral’s has finally caught up to him in the beautiful, dangerous form of Jax Seldansbane—a fellow Blade and Aral’s onetime fiancée.

Jax claims that the forces that destroyed everything Aral once held dear are on the move again, and she needs his help to stop them. But Aral has a new life now, with a fresh identity and new responsibilities. And while he isn’t keen on letting the past back in, the former assassin soon finds himself involved in a war that will leave him with no way out and no idea who to trust…

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What People Are Saying

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Praise for the Fallen Blade novels:

“A fascinating world…Broken Blade is a compelling read that was hard to put down.”—Fresh Fiction

“A new series filled with multifaceted characters, layered plots, and the type of quixotic scenarios that only the imagination of Kelly McCullough could possibly create…Brilliant!”—Huntress Book Reviews

“McCullough evokes a rich and textured setting of back alleys, rooftop hideouts, dank dungeons, and urban magical grime. Call it fantanoir.”—SF Reviews.net

“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 Burn Me Deadly

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781937007843
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 11/27/2012
  • Series: Fallen Blade Series , #3
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 348,131
  • Product dimensions: 4.20 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Kelly McCullough is an award winning author of short fiction and novels working in fantasy and science fiction. He lives in western Wisconsin with his physics professor wife and a small herd of cats.

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  • Posted November 28, 2012

    Fallen Blade, Book Three

    Though he is still known everywhere as the Kingslayer, Aral no longer recognizes the man in the mirror. It has been a month since the bonewright painfully altered his face. His appearance is not the only thing about him that has changed. Six years ago his goddess was killed and her temple fell. Namara’s death had been ordered by another god, but it was the human group called the Hand of Heaven that destroyed the temple. It was the Hand that tortured and killed the Namara’s Blades. Aral is one of the few surviving Blades, but only because he was on a mission far away when it had happened. For a long time Aral would lose himself in alcohol. Now Aral tries to avoid that vice; especially since he has obtained a new ward. Faran was only nine when the temple fell. The teen has not been Aral’s apprentice for long, but she is already deeply devoted to him. Faran is the reason for Aral’s other change. With the responsibility of caring for and teaching Faran, Aral must now think before he reacts. He has always been a strategic thinker, but now he must become an ever better one. Aral’s heart almost stops when he sees Jax Seldansbane enter the tavern. The former Blade had been his first lover. She needs Aral’s aid to rescue one of their former teachers, Loris, from Heaven’s Reach. But something does not add up. Jax is keeping secrets from him. Aral and Faran learn that the Hand is using Loris and others as hostages to force Jax into betraying Aral to them. At the same time, they learn that Master Kelos Deathwalker, who had been Namara’s right hand, has become one of the traitors. Jax reveals her secrets before Aral has to force them out of her. Once all the cards are on the table, the group can finally get down to business. For the death of their goddess, for the deaths of their fellow comrades, and for simple revenge, it is time to bring justice to those who deserve it. It is time to spill blood. **** FOUR STARS! To me, the most spectacular thing about this author is his eclectic storytelling. Though Aral remains a Blade throughout each story, everything else around him changes. None of those changes are similar to any other. One story is full of stone dogs, another has a creature that can glide through the earth, another being is made up of two ladies and three minds, and the list goes on. (In fact, if you have not done so as yet, check out WebMage, where the author blends Greek mythology with modern computer technology.) I find the variety in the author’s stories to be mercifully refreshing. Master Kelos is an expedient character. Often I was unsure as how to label the man – totally evil or having to do awful things for the overall good. Faran’s character is truculent, but that is normal for teenagers. And Jax, for the most part, is a walking consternation. The Shades, especially Aral’s familiar, do not do as many tricks this time around, but they all seem to have a didactic attitude. This probably helps them keep their bond-mates in line. As you can see, each character has their own type of personality, which makes the story much more realistic. If you are seeking a fantasy unlike most others, you will not go wrong by choosing any title by this author. Kelly McCullough’s writing style is indefinable, his imagination is creative and unique, and his pot execution is simply exquisite! **** Reviewed by Detra Fitch of Huntress Reviews.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 3, 2013

    i wish I could give this book a higher rating. I love the conce

    i wish I could give this book a higher rating. I love the concept, the characters and especially the use of the shades is excellent, and the plot, while not stunning or revelatory, is well conceived, but I personally was very put off by the amount of gratuitous profanity. I do use profanity, or enjoy it, but I am tolerant of it to a point if its is consistent or relevant. there has been some in the first two books, but here, if turns into a Quentin tarentino-like shotgun effect. it just reads like a bratty child trying to shock his elders and impress his friends. if this doesn't bother you, read on and enjoy, but it finally grated so bad that I doubt if I will continue the series, which is a real shame. I do not want to censure authors, or lecture readers on what they read, but I did feel compelled to offer this warning to those of a like mind. really sad.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 1, 2012

    I really enjoy reading about Aral. The series has new kinds of c

    I really enjoy reading about Aral. The series has new kinds of characters, exciting plots, and an interesting setting. I care what happens to Aral and Triss. Highly recommended!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted April 26, 2013

    This rp

    Is lame....

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    Posted April 28, 2013

    Jesslyn

    I thoight this place was dead! Apparently it isnt.

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    Posted April 25, 2013

    David

    Runs

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 30, 2012

    Just keeps getting better.

    I love the books, this one rocked and I can't wait for the next one.

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