Age of Assassins

Age of Assassins

by RJ Barker


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When a young assassin apprentice is blackmailed to protect the crown prince, he becomes embroiled in a conspiracy that could destroy an entire kingdom in a brilliant epic fantasy debut.

Girton Club-foot has no family, a crippled leg, and is apprenticed to the best assassin in the land. He's learning the art of taking lives, but his latest mission tasks him with a far more difficult challenge: to save a life.

Someone is trying to kill the heir to the throne, and it is up to Girton to uncover the traitor and prevent the prince's murder.

In a kingdom on the brink of civil war and a castle thick with lies Girton finds friends he never expected, responsibilities he never wanted, and a conspiracy that could destroy an entire kingdom.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316466493
Publisher: Orbit
Publication date: 08/01/2017
Series: Wounded Kingdom Series , #1
Pages: 432
Sales rank: 147,370
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 7.60(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

RJ Barker is a softly-spoken Yorkshireman with flowing locks. He lives in the frozen north with his wife and son, and divides his time between writing and looking after his son.

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Age of Assassins 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book. I was never quite sure what was going to happen next.
NovelKnight More than 1 year ago
You look like you need a new fantasy to read. Yes? Perhaps I can convince you to read Age of Assassins? I’ll be honest, I took a chance on this book because, although I love fantasy, it’s been hit or miss for me lately but I’m excited to announce this was a “hit!” At first, the first person point-of-view was a bit off-putting. It’s one of those things, much like the genre’s been lately, where I either really like it or I don’t. Took some getting used to but I soon fell into Girton’s story. The teen assassin is an interesting character. For starters, he has a club foot and the disability presented does act as a small obstacle here and there. I’ve never read a book where the progatonist has a disability of any kind so I really liked that Barker showed that kind of representation in this book because Girton is pretty awesome. It didn’t define his character, but was a part of him and I think that’s an important message to send. Because Girton is an assassin in a book about catching an assassin. Which, I was expecting more fantasy trope-y assassin stuff but I didn’t get it but also I’m not disappointed? Instead, there’s plenty of mystery and political intrigue and all that good, gritty fantasy stuff that I also love. Barker did a great job of taking your typical fantasy world with all the different problems that tend to go along with a kingdom and dove into the shadows and grime. It’s not a light, upbeat fantasy, but it felt real. It was very easy to fall down this rabbit hole. I think part of this is because the book doesn’t have a massive cast of point-of-view characters. So often I see books get too ambitious. The plot tackles a million different storylines and I never really get to know the characters unless the book is 800+ pages long. There are exceptions but I liked that Age of Assassins stayed focused on one character and gave him a depth and life that I don’t see as often. Finally, the writing. Like I said, it didn’t hook me right away. The style just didn’t… click with me, not until later on. But the way Barker brings together the intricate world-building with the character development and all the mysteries really worked well. I didn’t feel like I was on the edge of my seat but the fight scenes flowed well, the plot twists surprised me appropriately, and the ending was satisfying while also setting up for a sequel. For a fantasy debut, this is one that y’all need to keep an eye out for. I think this is the start of a fabulous new series!