Review Age of Assassins (The Wounded Kingdom #1) – R.J. Barker

age of assassins

To catch an assassin, use an assassin…

Girton Club-foot, apprentice to the land’s best assassin, still has much to learn about the art of taking lives. But his latest mission tasks him and his master with a far more difficult challenge: to save a life. Someone, or many someones, is trying to kill the heir to the throne, and it is up to Girton and his master 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. 

This book came as a surprise to me. I only picked it up to complete a 3 for €X deal, and had heard mixed things about it. So my hopes weren’t too high. But I had a great time with it.

Let’s get this out of the way… yes there is romance and yes it was annoying. But that is coming from me, someone who finds almost all romance in books annoying.

But there is also a good mystery, politics and kick-assery. We follow Girton, apprentice to one of, if not the, best assassins out there. And he isn’t too bad at it himself either, even with his club-foot. He has to go undercover as a kinda useless squire in order to find out who want to get the prince killed. For the first time het gets to be a ‘normal’ teenager, make friends and find love, which adds an interesting and relatable layer to the story.

Girton is an instantly likable character. He is well-developed and real. Through ‘dreams’ we get to see glimpses of his past, which were very effective at setting the scene and exploring the relationship between Girton and his master.

The world-building is fine. Sorcery is bad thing, which drains life form the land… an interesting concept. I loved the mounts and really liked how prominent they were in the story. Apart from that  though, it is just another medieval type fantasy story.

This isn’t something new or special, but it is entertaining. I had fun and read it in no time. I’ll definitely pick up the other books in this series.

4stars

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