Thursday, August 24, 2017

Review 'Age of Assassins' by RJ Barker
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.

Set in a world ravaged by magic and the ambition of noblemen, this debut epic fantasy features a cast of assassins, knights and fools which will delight any fan of Brent Weeks, David Dalglish or Robin Hobb.

The Facts:

Publication Date:
August 1st, 2017
The Wounded Kingdom #1
eBook, Paperback, Audio
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My Review:

A view years back I loved reading fantasy novels. But lately I haven’t been reading a lot of fantasy. Not for any particular reason really. I did read a view fantasy novels that I didn’t really like all that much, but I had that with other genres too. So when I received ‘Age of Assassins’, I was super excited to start reading.

‘Age of Assassins’ is the first book in The Wounded Kingdom series and I was very curious about what kind of  book this would end up being. I mean, if you read the word Assassin you get some kind of idea right? I immediately thought of the Assassin game my husband used to play on the PlayStation. And I loved the book cover. I really think it’s pretty and kind of mysterious. 

In ‘Age of Assassins’ we meet young apprentice Girton. Girton is the apprentice of the land’s best assassin and he hasn’t been away from her for long. But this time they have a mission that is different than the previous once, and leaves Girton working on his own more. Now Girton and his Master have to save a life.

It took me a long time to really get into this book. Not that it was difficult to read, but it just didn’t really ‘grab’ me. And I honestly didn’t really got into this book at all. And I don’t think it was the book or the writing, but just the genre that just doesn’t really interest me as much as it did once. There is lots of mystery and great storytelling in this book. And it surprised me that this book is the author’s first book. 

Although this book wasn’t really for me, I was impressed by the way the author was able to leave these clues throughout the pages. I had multiple times where I thought thinks would go a certain way, and then I didn’t go like that at all. Very impressive, and definitely a great way to write a mysterious fantasy novel.

Especially as a first book in a series, ‘Age of Assassins’ was a nice read. But I just couldn’t really connect with the story. But I definitely think, if you like fantasy stories this book could be something for you.

My Rating:

About the Author:

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 novel, Age 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.

For more information about RJ Barker please visit him on Twitter and Facebook

I received this book from the Little, Brown Book Group in exchange for my honest review.


  1. I don't read as much fantasy as I used to either, especially not this kind. I am sorry this one wasn't better for you. Sometimes we have to be in the right mood for certain books. Or, as you said, maybe it's just not the type of book that interests you right now.

    1. I'm definitely thinking more and more that I need to be in the mood for certain books. And fantasy novels are an example of that.
      Thanks for stopping by ;)


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