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Free download · Master Assassins ↠ eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF Ü Two village boys mistaken for assassins become the decisive figures in the battle for a continent in the thrilling new desert based epic fantasy by the author of The Red Wolf Conspiracy Kandri Hinjuman was never meant to be a soldier His brother MEsh Here the brothers find strange allies an aging warlord a desert nomad searching for her family a lethal child soldier still in her teens They also find themselves in possession of a secret that could bring peace to the continent of Urrath Or unthinkable carnageOn their heels are the Prophet’s death suads Ahead lie warring armies sandstorms evil spirits and the deeper evil of human greed But hope beckons as well if the “Master Assassins” can expose the lie that has made them the world’s most wanted me. 8510 Review at PBTVSOkay Before we get started I'm going to give a bit of advice on how you might want to approach this book Lay down some primerSee this isn't a book that you'll read the first 80 pages of and go Wow this is a fantastic story and start pointing out every part of it that you love You can't At least I couldn't I had no idea what I felt about it in the beginningIt's like an interpretive dance At first you're not uite sure what you're seeing it all feels so disparate and strange but there's something about it that urges you to stay and watch And once you do you fall into the rhythm of the prose and the characters and what was strange before becomes a part of the experience the reality that this world projects You start to get investedSo my advice Try to stay with it for at least half of the book It might surprise youNow On with the showThe title Master Assassins is a bit of an inside joke The story is about two young men half brothers Kandri and Mektu who blunder into one mistake after another and find themselves inadvertently becoming the most wanted and accomplished assassins in the continent Our assassins reside in Urrath a land home of the Chiloto among many other clans that has been contested for centuries by various conuering nations Most recently it's been taken over by the Vazeks and the Chiloto people have endured centuries of slaughter and subjugation under their rule Then a young Prophet came into the picture She's the Joan of Arc of this world; claimed to be chosen by the Gods to lead her people to unity and freedom she took up the mantle of leader and under her power a vast army formed Present day this army has retaken a vast a majority of Urrath But the Vazeks will not bow down easilyThe immediate thing that jumps out is the prose It's something you don't really see in epic fantasy For one much of it is told in third person present tense For another it's very stylized; there are a lot of sentence fragments and bits of stream of consciousness The closest comparison I can make is The Court of Broken Knives mixed with Kai Ashante Wilson the dialogue resembles the latter a distinct mixture of coarse and melodic and like those book the style will not appeal to everyone It played right into my tastes thoughThe story is told from Kandri's point of view alternating from the present to flashbacks that reveal details of his childhood Kandri is the steadier of the two brothers He hates fighting and despises killing even yet circumstances have landed him as a soldier in the Prophet's army I uite liked him; he's thoughtful and empathetic a perfect lead characterMektu was my favourite however He's coarse and irreverent and oscillates from hyperanxiety to excitement; his interests flit from one shiny thing to the next He says some bizarre and shitty things but I couldn't really hold it against him because he's so blissfully unaware of how people would react to his words and actions He reminds me a bit of Michael Scott from The Office US version He's not mean spirited he just has no social filter You get the sense that he's a child in the body of an adult; there's an innocence to him that I couldn't help but find endearingKandri's relationship with Mektu is the heart of the story and it's one of rivalry and exasperated acceptance And also love They bicker constantly but they lean on one another for support and there is little doubt of the strength of their bond I said before that I wanted fantasy stories focusing on sibling relationships and here I got a great oneThe world of Master Assassins isn't built meticulously from the ground up but through a scattering of details that you have to collect and piece together This frustrated me uite a bit in the beginning Everything felt vague and incomplete I got the idea that something catastrophic has happened to the world there's talk of a World Plague and how the Urrathi are immune to it but little else was offered beyond that There was a lot of name drops but little sense to where these places resided and what they looked likeThen I got a uarter of the way through and came across this passageHistory geography politics the classic Urrathi tales none of these were taught any longer save by private tutorsAnd a switch flipped in my head I realized that the readers don't have a good grasp of the world and its culture and history because our narrator Kandri doesn't have a good grasp of the world Once I understood this things started to get less frustrating and a lot exciting I no longer cared that these names had little context or texture because now I knew it was the same for Kandri We were both fumbling along in the dark together And I think this is a brilliant bit of writing craft by the author ignorance that doesn't exclude us from the characters but connects us together There are mysteries that run through the story and I was stoked to uncover the secrets of this land alongside our heroesAnd the worldbuilding we do get is original and exciting It's a strange brutal yet beautiful world a curious amalgamation of medieval and modern There are tame riding cats clockwork contraptions vultures bigger than elephants a string of towering islands across an ocean robbed of its water The images conjured are at once uiet and arrestingThey are walking on dragonflies hundreds of thousands strong black pearl eyes and rainbow wings dessicated dead All of them facing the same direction which happens to be their own As if the swarm had set its collective mind on crossing the Yskralem and flown due east low and purposeful moving as on Until strength abandoned them or the last trace of water in their bodies or simply their willFor over a mile they wade in this river of silver corpses Then the wind starts to blow and the insects click and clatter over the salt pan like a curtain of beadsBesides Kanri and Mektu all the characters are diverse and colourful not just in terms of race and gender but also in personality No two people they meet are the same Uncle Chindilan the Master Smith who's not really their uncle just a family friend; wise Eshett who was captured by human traffickers and is now trying to return home; Talupeke a hot headed young soldier seeking revenge for a betrayal who also happens to be an absolute beast with knives They are complex characters brought together by happenstance and the author does well to showcase them all euallyThe story wasn't without its problems the foremost being that it took me a while to get into it A fair chunk of the middle is spent on Kandri and co running for their lives across the oceanless ocean which was a little tedious the pacing felt VERY slow and I'm talking as a Robin Hobb fanatic Worry not though because latter part is thrilling and eerie and got me eager for the next installment The collouial dialogue also threw me off in the beginning While I did get used to it there were still some that I found a little weird and jarring There is also mention of child prostitution rape and human trafficking which may turn off some readersMost interestingly I think the author posits uestions you don't often see in stories about an oppressed group of people and the rebellion that eventually followsWhat happens when your leader your savior the one who has liberated your people from slavery and genocide begins to exercise the same kind of censorship and brutality as your former subjugators albeit in a slightly different wayWhat happens when you replace one conueror with anotherWhat happens when you find that you have become the enemy of your own people and faithMaster Assassins is a story of a rebellion within a rebellion A story of the cost of war and the complicated bonds between family It's not an easy read but it is a fulfilling one And I recommend you to give it a shot

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Two village boys mistaken for assassins become the decisive figures in the battle for a continent in the thrilling new desert based epic fantasy by the author of The Red Wolf Conspiracy Kandri Hinjuman was never meant to be a soldier His brother Mektu was never meant for this world Rivals since childhood they are drafted into a horrific war led by a madwoman Prophet and survive each day only by hiding their disbelief Kandri is good at blending in but Mektu is hopeless impulsive erratic and certain that a demon i. 4 ⭐️ What a great ARC Many thanks to author and the publisher for sharing a copy with meI came to know about this release from the glowing review by Mark Lawrence here it is in case you have missed it away lesson one trust Mark's recommendations It is a safe betTake away lesson two don't be fooled by the cover it totally mismanages expectations hereI have plenty of things to praise in this story and only one issue to complain I will start from a complaint first The book could have been a bit shorter and punchier It would have improved the pacing and increased the fun That's it That's my only complaint the rest is a pure delightParticularly commendable bits are1 Parallel narratives present time and flashback encounters It reminded me of The Lies of Locke Lamora Very nicely done Great way to bring characters to life2 Reimagination of the historical themes from the Arabian peninsula and Central Asia There is no explicit link to people nations or events but the story is clearly inspired by the history of the region Clever and interesting3 Reimagination of geographical locations particularly the Aral Sea Superbly incorporated into the worldbuilding and fantastical narrative4 Everpresent mystery Nothing is black and white Nothing is spelled out World Plague White Child Yatra uarantine After finishing the book you will know just enough to crave for 5 Language This is a masterfully written story Great kudos to the author If you are a fantasy fan and craving for something 'fresh' this is a release to check out

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Master AssassinsS stalking him Is this madness or a second sense Either way Kandri knows that Mektu’s antics will land them both in early gravesBut all bets are off when the brothers’ simmering feud explodes into violence and holy blood is spilled Kandri and Mektu are taken for contract killers and must flee for their lives to the one place where they can hope to disappear the sprawling desert known as the Land that Eats Men In this eerie wilderness the terrain is as deadly as the monsters ghouls and traffickers in human fl. “By the third day the rumour can no longer be contained It is whispered in the black tents shared like smokes among the men on patrol murmured in the drill yard before the bellowed morning prayer It is weird and horrific and yet a curse no one can fail to understand Someone’s mind has been stolen and the thief still walks the camp”This opening paragraph told me everything I needed to know about the novel in advance It was going to be intriguing exciting beautifully written and I was going to love it And oh my gosh how I did Even now that I finished reading it a few days ago sometimes I just get this urge to re open it and read on to lose myself in the adventure again only to remember that bollocks I already finished it In a harsh land uarantined off from the rest of the world due to a deadly plague ruled by a psychopathic tyrant who wields terror with practiced ease two brothers run for their lives They run from the wrath of their ruler chased by their entire nation hunted by elite forces bloodthirsty monsters and creatures darker deadlier and sinister still through barren fields of devastation towards the great desert called “The Land That Eats Men”Robert VS Reddick expertly weaves many threads back and forth into a rich colourful and epic tale of rivalry adventure friendship mystery and love Kandri and Mektu the two main characters find themselves in one extraordinary situation after the other yet it’s their troubled relationship that make their story even absorbing In some instances the bond they share reminded me of that between Thor and Loki from the Marvel universe Kandri a bit like Thor is valiant thoughtful and caring while the younger brother Mektu is selfish mischievous and careless He annoys Kandri no end with his continuous troublemaking who in turn is worried for him half the time and wants to kill him himself the other half Unlike their Asgardian counterparts they are far from being Gods They are flung into the heart of danger by chance rather than face it by choice Yet the harshness of their world the threats they need to face the choices they have to make sets the bar impossibly high They must clear it or die And as if all this wasn’t enough to make a great book the level of mystery surrounding the half brothers their past their families and the world around them impressed me greatly I very much enjoyed the way the secrets slowly untangle as the story flows through the pages satisfying many of my uestions yet leaving enough unsolved to make me eager for the next book On the first page of my copy there is a note from the senior editor in which they say Talos Press is proud to present this novel They have every right to be I wouldn’t be surprised to find in the future that Master Assassins was just the beginning of a masterpiece in the making Many thanks to Mark Lawrence for gifting me his own advance copy for Christmas I hope he will be able to acuire a hardback soon I know how much he enjoyed it too