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King of Assassins

(The Wounded Kingdom Book 3) The king is dead, long live the king...

By RJ Barker

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The epic conclusion to this debut fantasy trilogy featuring a cast of assassins, knights and fools to delight any fan of Brent Weeks or Robin Hobbs

'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

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 twenty 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.

Praise for this trilogy

'Outstanding . . . Kept me reading well into the early hours of the morning'
James Islington, author of The Shadow of What Was Lost

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

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

'Riddled with intrigue and dangerous magic, this is a hugely enjoyable debut'
Jennifer Williams, author of The Copper Promise

'A dark-humoured game of cat and mouse between assassins, with traitors on all sides'
David Dalglish, author of the Shadowdance series

The Wounded Kingdom trilogy begins with AGE OF ASSASSINS, continues with BLOOD OF ASSASSINS and concludes with KING OF ASSASSINS.

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: 9780356508580
  • Publication date: 09 Aug 2018
  • Page count: 528
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Simply unputdownable . . . the perfect mix of fantasy and mystery — FANTASY BOOK REVIEW
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
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
Dead gods, dread magic and a lead that feels like a breath of fresh air. Great fun — Peter Newman, author of THE VAGRANT
Age of Assassins is a beguiling story of action and intrigue combined with a poignancy and humour that are as sharp as any blade — Jon Skovron, author of HOPE AND RED
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
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Blood of Assassins

RJ Barker
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RJ Barker
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Age of Assassins

RJ Barker
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Seanan McGuire
Authors:
Seanan McGuire

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Robinson

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Authors:
Denis O. Smith

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Constable

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Paul Mendelson
Authors:
Paul Mendelson

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The Immortals

Jordanna Max Brodsky
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Jordanna Max Brodsky

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The Mammoth Book of More Bizarre Crimes

Robin Odell, Paul Donnelley
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Robin Odell, Paul Donnelley

Fact is never more strange than fiction than when it comes to crime, and the crimes described here are so bizarre it's inconceivable that they could have been made up. In this all-new collection of truly unusual crimes, a sequel to the bestselling Mammoth Book of Bizarre Crimes, Odell and Donnelley tell the extraordinary stories of criminal acts far stranger than any fiction, including the murder of Italian fashion designer Gianni Versace by spree-killer Andrew Cunanan and the killing of intern Chandra Ann Levy, who had had an affair with US Representative Gary Condit, though he was cleared of any involvement in her murder.They reveal how Danilo Restivo was eventually convicted of the murder of Heather Barnett in England after the ritualistic placing of hair connected him to another murder in Italy. They tell the terrible story of the inexplicably brutal murder, over a number of days, of 15-year-old Kristy Bamu by his sister and her lover because they believed him to be practising 'witchcraft'. They also give a chilling account of the thirty-one-year-old mother-of-two, Joanna Dennehy, who killed three men. 'I started killing,' she said, 'to see if I was as cold as I thought I was. Then it got moreish and I got a taste for it.'

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Late Eclipses (Toby Daye Book 4)

Seanan McGuire
Authors:
Seanan McGuire

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Nora Roberts

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Brian McClellan
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Seanan McGuire
Authors:
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Changeling knight in the court of the Duke of Shadowed Hills, October "Toby" Daye has survived numerous challenges that would destroy fae and mortal alike. Now Toby must take on a nightmarish new assignment. Someone is stealing both fae and mortal children-and all signs point to Blind Michael. When the young son of Toby's closest friends is snatched from their Northern California home, Toby has no choice but to track the villains down, even when there are only three magical roads by which to reach Blind Michael's realm-home of the legendary Wild Hunt-and no road may be taken more than once. If she cannot escape with all the children before the candle that guides and protects her burns away, Toby herself will fall prey to Blind Michael's inescapable power.And it doesn't bode well for the success of her mission that her own personal Fetch, May Daye-the harbinger of Toby's own death-has suddenly turned up on her doorstep...An Artificial Night is the third installment of the highly praised Toby Daye series.

Orbit

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Corsair

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Seanan McGuire
Authors:
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Piatkus

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Authors:
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Robinson

The Mammoth Book of Jack the Ripper Stories

Maxim Jakubowski
Authors:
Maxim Jakubowski

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Orbit

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Kate Elliott
Authors:
Kate Elliott

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Authors:
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ATOM

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