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Age of Assassins Audiobook

Age of Assassins: The Wounded Kingdom, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

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 their 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 land.

©2017 RJ Barker (P)2017 Little Brown Book Group

What the Critics Say

"Age of Assassins 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)

"Dead gods, dread magic, and a lead that feels like a breath of fresh air. Great fun." (Peter Newman, author of The Vagrant)

"Outstanding. Beautifully written, perfectly paced and assured. Kept me reading well into the early hours of the morning. A wonderful first book - a wonderful book, period - that should be at the very top of your to-read list." (James Islington, author of The Shadow of what was Lost)

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    TClews 27/08/2017
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    "Superb tale of murder and intrigue."

    Reminiscent of the Farseer trilogy, excellent audiobook. highly recommended with brilliant narration. I enjoyed every minute from beginning to end.

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    JPA 16/09/2017
    JPA 16/09/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "Damned fine debut!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Age of Assassins to be better than the print version?

    Can't say. I've only listened to the Audio, but the story was 5* so I would say they are equal.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Right up my cobbled street. Medieval setting with a fantastical flare that reveals antlered war mounts and colourful armour; reinforced kilts and good ol' Welsh names! I don't see that enough, and as a history geek (specifically Anglo-Welsh wars), this impressed me muchly.


    Have you listened to any of Joe Jameson’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    Nope, so N/A


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Murder mystery in a magic-tainted medieval castle.


    Any additional comments?

    The story had me guessing at suspects throughout. I'd like to claim I'd figured it out early on... or at all, truth be told, but I didn't. I had suspicions about the right sort of people, but I never guessed at reasons, motives, secrets until they were revealed. Bravo, RJ. Bravo.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    I. Morgan 14/02/2018
    I. Morgan 14/02/2018 Member Since 2015
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    "Great narration makes the book more entertaining"

    this book is very well paced

    I'd describe it as a can of worms opening a can of worms

    very fun with some great action scenes

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    G. P. Brown 15/01/2018
    G. P. Brown 15/01/2018 Member Since 2017
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    "Solid fantasy debut. "

    This was an old school traditional coming of age fantasy tale. The world building was adequate without being anything special but R.J. Barker had an engaging enough writing style to suck me into his story and both the plot and characters were good.

    The story was actually quite good. Girton was an easy to root for lead character and the story was engaging enough. We got a nice mix of action and intrigue and I really liked Girton's relationship with his master.

    The world building could have been a bit better. This seemed a pretty interesting world and plenty of stuff about the lands and magic were hinted at but most of what we learned in this first book was a little vague for my liking. The other real flaw of the story was Barker's choice to have this tale set up as a Name of the Wind style flashback story. I'd have enjoyed this more if the only time frame the story was set in was the time when Girton was an apprentice assassin. Though I was fine with the small short flashbacks to his childhood.

    All in all I felt like this was a good and engaging fantasy story that fell just short of being worth a 5 star rating. The flaws were small and the story was engaging enough that I'll definitely be reading the next book in the series!

    I think Joe Jameson did a good job with the audio. I've heard him narrate a few different books and he is always dependably good.

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