The Guild of Assassins: Book Two of The Majat Code

The Guild of Assassins: Book Two of The Majat Code

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ISBN-13: 9780857665270
Publisher: Watkins Media
Publication date: 08/05/2014
Series: Code of the Majat Series , #2
Pages: 464
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 6.90(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Anna Kashina grew up in Russia and moved to the United States in 1994 after receiving her Ph.D. in cell biology from the Russian Academy of Sciences. She works as a biomedical researcher and combines career in science with her passion for writing. Anna's interests in ballroom dancing, world mythologies and folklore feed her high-level interest in martial arts of the Majat warriors. She lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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The Guild of Assassins: Book Two of The Majat Code 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My only complaint is that the stories aren't longer
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Walked in, playing with her hair.
JewelDragon More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed the first in this series of books, Blades of the Old Empire. Apparently, however, a good fantasy is not enough. Now it must also be a romance novel. For me this makes the book infinitely less appealing.
TSRBR More than 1 year ago
This is the second book in the Guild of Assassins by Anna Kashina.  It is a book filled with political intrigue and betrayal while also telling a story of two people fighting for love. Mai is a Diamond Level and a highly skill member of his order.  He is also one of the few that can withstand and resist the Kaddim an enemy to all people of the kingdom.  Kara is also a Diamond Level and was spared by Mai when he was ordered to assassinate her for not completing her assignment by the Order.  There are few that can resist the Kaddim and because the two Diamonds have that ability they have been targeted for elimination by the Kaddim.    Unknown to the King, the Majat or anyone involved in keeping the land safe for the people is a plan that the Kaddim put in place a decade ago.  This plan if successful will overthrow the King and allow the Kaddim to take over as the rulers.  Everything is designed to eliminate the Prince Regent and the two Diamond Level Majats that have the ability to resist them.  They are all that stands in the way of the Kaddim’s take over.  The recall of Mai by his superiors and Kara’s refusal to let him go without her to take the consequences for his actions alone for not killing her and completing his assignment the plan has started.  Will this be the beginning of the end for their world? Overall Rating:  3 Rockin’ Stars Hero –Aghat Mai: 3 stars Heroine – Kara: 3 stars Steam: 3 stars  Plot: 3.5 stars  Cliffhanger: No Would I recommend this book: Yes! Betrayal, war and good vs evil run rampant through this book.  Unfulfilled love, denied love and loyalty drive this plot to its conclusion.  It continues the saga started in previous books by this author. Would I recommend this author: Yes! Amazing imagination! ***Received an ARC of this book from the Author in exchange for an honest review***
ToManyBooksNotEnoughTime More than 1 year ago
Increasingly Exciting Storyline!      I would like to thank NetGalley &amp; Angry Robot for granting me a copy of this e-ARC to read in exchange for an honest review. Though I received this e-book for free that in no way impacts my review. Normally I'd give this book 3.5 stars, but since I'm required to give full number rankings, I'm rounding it up to 4 stars, based upon the first book and potential of the story line. <blockquote>Kara has achieved something that no Majat has ever managed &ndash; freedom from the Guild! But the Black Diamond assassin Mai has been called back to face his punishment for sparing her life. Determined to join his fight or share his punishment, Kara finds herself falling for Mai. But is their relationship &ndash; and the force that makes their union all-powerful &ndash; a tool to defeat the overpowering forces of the Kaddim armies, or a distraction sure to cause the downfall of the Majat?</blockquote> Picking up essentially where the first book left off, the story seamlessly moves forward. Mai is struggling to retain his poker face after receiving a letter from the Guildmaster himself. A letter ordering him to return to the Majat stronghold, most likely to face his punishment for disobeying his previous set of orders. At least that is what everyone is speculating about, including the lovely, and lethal, Kara. However Kara is determined to share Mai's fate, as he put his life on the line to save hers. Since Mai won't share the contents of his letter she assumes the worst - that he is heading back to face his death. But it's in the journey back that things become more complicated for Kara, as she struggles with feelings for Mai that she didn't know she possessed - or at least had never acknowledged before. Meanwhile Crown Prince Kythar is struggling with his own feelings, or feeling. He is suffering from raging jealousy, for he's seen how Mai looks at Kara. And Mai is older than Kyth, more cosmopolitan, and seems to have a glamor about him that draws women to him like a Christian Louboutin sample sale. At the heart of the story is the larger picture of a power struggle between good and evil, and on a more personal level there is a love triangle. Though the ages of those involved are relatively similar their responses are not. One is dealing with their first serious infatuation/love, as well as the first person they've been sexually involved with. Another has sexual experience but previously no emotional experiences to go with the physical. And the third is the most mature about this, having the most experience with those of the opposite gender. They are also simply more accustomed to not exposing any emotion, and they want the person they love to be as free to choose as possible - even if that choice has the power to shatter them. Yet as the arc of the story peaks, so too does the love triangle and emotions of those involved. They have all made strides in maturing, and to some extent or another they are all ready for the situation to be resolved. Of the three I found the response of one to be particularly surprising, but in a positive way, giving me hope for their life's choices in the future. Each will have the power to shape countries, if not the known world, so it is crucial that they put this tangle of emotions behind them and look forward to the time when they can mutually work together for the benefit of all. I found the end of the story to be rather surprising. It almost seemed to be the end of the series, yet the major conflict has yet to be resolved. Maybe it is simply because so much of the time in this book was expended on the love triangle. But then again maybe not. It almost felt as if Ms. Kashina had run out of steam for this story line, though she ended talking about the unresolved issue, so hopefully she'll put pen to paper (not literally!) and write the conclusion to this entertaining story.
debralmartin More than 1 year ago
GUILD OF ASSASSINS is the second book in the Majat Code and what a fantastic book it is. Ms. Kashina weaves a powerful story of honor, loyalty and the bonds of love that drive this story forward following two assassins, Kara and Mai as they face the consequences of their actions. Mai is being recalled to the Guild House to face his punishment for sparing Kara's life and Kara cannot let him face it alone. Together the two powerful Diamond assassins are a force to be reckoned with, but there is a greater evil sweeping the land, the Kaddim, a brutal guild of brothers who are bent on ruling the Kingdom. Ms. Kashina never lets up in the action. Just when you think Mai and Kara are safe, she throws another heart wrenching twist into the story. It makes it impossible to put the book down. All of the characters are nicely fleshed out, but my favorite is the reserved Mai. The reader is privy to his inner thoughts and it makes him come alive as one of the greatest fighters the Kingdom has ever seen while harboring a deep and personal secret. No spoilers here. Fans of epic fantasy will thoroughly enjoy this story. Can't wait to see where the author will take the story next. Highly Recommended. I received a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.