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Blood of Assassins

(The Wounded Kingdom Book 2) To save a king, kill a king...

By RJ Barker

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After Age of Assassins, three kings now war over one crown and the assassin Girton Club-foot must protect his friend, the rightful king Rufra, from enemies within and without. This debut epic fantasy trilogy, the Wounded Kingdom, features a cast of assassins, knights and fools which will delight any fan of Brent Weeks, David Dalglish or Robin Hobb.
Biographical Notes

RJ Barker lives in Leeds with his wife, son and a collection of questionable taxidermy, odd art, scary music and more books than they have room for. He grew up reading whatever he could get his hands on, and has always been 'that one with the book in his pocket'. Having played in a rock band before deciding he was a rubbish musician, RJ returned to his first love, fiction, to find he is rather better at that. As well as his debut epic fantasy series, the Wounded Kingdom trilogy (Age of Assassins, Blood of Assassins and King of Assassins) RJ has written short stories and historical scripts which have been performed across the country. He has the sort of flowing locks any cavalier would be proud of.

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  • ISBN: 9780356508573
  • Publication date: 15 Feb 2018
  • Page count: 464
  • Imprint: Orbit
Often poignant and always intriguing, 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
Simply unputdownable . . . the perfect mix of fantasy and mystery — FANTASY BOOK REVIEW
With an original, immersive world that wouldn't let me go and a pair of assassins worth rooting for, Age of Assassins is a pleasure to read. I can't wait for more! — Melissa Caruso, author of THE TETHERED MAGE
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
A dark-humoured game of cat and mouse between assassins, with traitors on all sides — David Dalglish, author of the Shadowdance series
Age of Assassins builds a compelling fantasy world and peoples it with characters you can care about. Riddled with intrigue and dangerous magic, this is a hugely enjoyable debut — Jen Williams, author of THE COPPER PROMISE
Often poignant and always intriguing, Age of Assassins reveals its mysteries with the style of a magic show and the artful grace of a gifted storyteller
Dead gods, dread magic, and a lead that feels like a breath of fresh air. Great fun
Simply unputdownable . . . the perfect mix of fantasy and mystery
With an original, immersive world that wouldn't let me go and a pair of assassins worth rooting for, Age of Assassins is a pleasure to read. I can't wait for more!
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
A dark-humoured game of cat and mouse between assassins, with traitors on all sides
Age of Assassins builds a compelling fantasy world and peoples it with characters you can care about. Riddled with intrigue and dangerous magic, this is a hugely enjoyable debut
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