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Summary

The King is dead, long live the King.... 

Many years of peace have passed in Maniyadoc, years of relative calm for the assassin Girton Club-Foot. Even the Forgetting Plague, which ravaged the rest of the kingdoms, seemed to pass them by. But now Rufra ap Vthyr eyes the vacant High-King's throne and will take his court to the capital, a rat's nest of intrigue and murder, where every enemy he has ever made will gather and the endgame of 20 years of politics and murder will be played out in his bid to become the King of all Kings.

Friends become enemies, enemies become friends and the god of death, Xus the Unseen, stands closer than ever - casting his shadow over everything most dear to Girton.

The Wounded Kingdom trilogy begins with Age of Assassins, continues with Blood of Assassins and concludes with King of Assassins.

©2018 RJ Barker (P)2018 Hachette Audio UK

Critic reviews

 Reveals its mysteries with the style of a magic show and the artful grace of a gifted storyteller' Nicholas Eames, author of Kings of the Wyld 

 

 'Outstanding . . . Kept me reading well into the early hours of the morning'

  James Islington, author of The Shadow of What Was Lost

 

'Readers will appreciate Barker's complex mythology and smoothly flowing plot'

Publishers Weekly

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Excellent

Wonderfully written and narrated.
I haven't enjoyed a story so much in a long time.

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Absolutely Brilliant.

Dead gods that was bloody brilliant, that ending has me sad and happy at the same time. Utterly and truly satisfying conclusion to the Wounded Land series, I absolutely love how RJ Barker has brought such a complex story to an end, Oh the writing and storytelling is just beautiful. There is a completeness and circularity that I find perfect. I said in a review of Age of Assassins that not a word was wasted and it’s true. A seemingly chance remark, a passing scene or observation from the first book come to fruition in King of Assassins and it’s excellent. I’m in awe of that level of detail and plotting. You need to Read these books now. I’ll will be definitely revisiting them, they really demand another reading in the near future. The connection you get with the characters is surreal, I loved Girton the main protagonist but the Character that really grew with me and absolutley loved was Aydor. He was a little bollox in the first book and the turn around in his character from being a spoilt heir to a truly lovable big bollox. In the final book set sixteen years later, a high king must be chosen. All have come to Ceadoc from all over, King Rufra ap Vthyr has brought his whole court with him to where his enemies still vy for his blood. With dark magic, secrets, vengeance and blood to be spilt, Girton Club-Foot is Rufra's man, his blade and must do all he can to keep the knives from his back.
You get a real sense this was well planned through from the first to the last book and it absolutely comes full circle. The narration by Joe Jameson is excellent true out the whole series. If you love a tragic beautiful story, then I highly recommend..💙🔥😁

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beautiful series of books.

love all three books. recommend to anyone who is interested. I have 4 words remaining

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Brilliant story

Really enjoyed the series and has surprising twists and turns. The build up to the final part is fantastic and to find out the plot is only till the very end.

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Amazing strangely deep and thoughtful

I have listen to all 3 book in this series and found them compelling, there are so many threads running throughout the books, that will make you stop and relive incase you have missed something or just to here the wonderful Joe Jamison voice.
I am an avid epic fantasy listen every thing from GOT to the tower lord The Stand and much more 5 books a mth these book have stolen my heart and mind

Enjoy 😉

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brilliant

such a beautiful story with stunning narration and I will miss not hearing more from Gurton and co. cannot say anything other than Thanks for this and please revisit this story and give more about the assassin's. Steve G. Felixstowe

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Brilliant Conclusion

I listened to Blood of Assassins and King of Assassins back to back. Any and every opportunity I had to listen was not wasted. Totally gripping. Moving forward 15 years between the two books is jarring for a few minutes but soon the story drags headlong into the plot. You cannot help but like Girton. Although older and wiser he is still very prone to making mistakes and jumping to the wrong conclusions. There is also a friendship you'd not expect but you feel it's strength throughout the story. As with the other books in the series you never know where the plot will take you - the twists are many but they never feel forced or convoluted. Its a murder mystery in a fantasy realm. There's magic but it's incidental as well as crucial to the story (as much as that may seem counter-intuitive). The ending is as satisfying as you hope and, as with all the best stories, leaves you wanting more.

Joe Jameson has the gift of bringing life to the characters and purpose to the story, you're hooked on what he's saying and how he's saying it. I have no idea how much input, if any, the author has on the way the narrator reads but it feels as if they have worked together to present this great story. As much as a story should be the driving factor on whether I choose to listen/read a book, if Joe Jameson is the narrator it will count in the book's favour.

Read/listen to this trilogy, they're excellent.

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Absorbing and cdeative, loved it!

I thoroughly enjoyed this e.fire seties. Loved the characters and was immersed in this foreign land. I will miss it and hope one day TH sides decide to take us back again.

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One of the best trilogies I’ve ever read.

A thoroughly riveting story with book three being, for me, the best yet. Thank you to RJ Barker for your creativeness and to Joe Jameson for such a wonderful narration.

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Good

These books are very entertaining. However the interludes are boring and they keep coming up just when things are getting good.

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Fitting end for an great trilogy

The narrator takes some time to get into the book. But once there, it is perfect as a quick escape of reality.