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Esh 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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Master AssassinsTwo 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 Assassins Summary ¼ 104 Ý 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 drafS 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. Darsunuk The Time of Madness It is come brothers and sisters the end of all things and the breaking of this world Who among us will find shelter on the Night of Blood Who among us shall be spared Six years have passed since the last installment of the Chathrand Voyage but the wait was worth it Robert Redick is back with a new high fantasy epic and the start of the journey looks as promising as the last time I embarked on his ship My preferences have drifted recently towards the intimate whimsical style of Sofia Samatar Kij Johnson Patricia McKillip or Charles de Lint but Mr Redick is here to remind me that epic worldbuilding and good old battles to save the world from the ultimate evil were my first love in the genre Imagine that he will think To be ordinary to be something the world overlooks No one's obsession no one's idea of evil incarnate blood traitors spears hurled with cold precision at the Gods Instead of the infamous baker boy with a secret heritage we are offered here two hillbilly young brothers Mektu and Kandri Hinjuman At the start of the story they are lowly grunts in the army of the Prophet Mixing religious fanaticism with dangerous magics this Prophet and her sons are on a Holy Crusade bent on transforming their savage desert tribes from slaves to masters of the known world Half brothers Mektu and Kandri are drafted into the ranks almost against their will in a complicated story of love and persecution in their mountain village that will be told in extensive flashbacks during this first volume Mektu is the serious cautious and selfless one he would be a paladin in an RPG game while Kandri is the flashy tricky volatile one the rogue in the same RPG The main drive of their uest comes very early in the army camp of the Prophet as the two siblings somehow get involved in the murder of a very high member of the Prophet's inner circle Since these people are deemed to be invulnerable everybody is convinced Mektu and Kandri must be secret ninjas sent to destroy the Prophet from within Briefly the brothers end up on the run from the camp pursued by the Prophet's elite bodyguards their descriptions sent across the realm to every nook and cranny with promises of untold wealth and heavenly bliss to anyone who catches a glimpse of them The surrounding desert makes escape even difficult Still the brothers manage to get a couple of companions on their flight and to survive despite the impossible odds The structure of the novel may be nothing new to fans of epic fantasy but Redick is a master storyteller that makes the pages breathlessly fly as you rush to find out how the fellowship will escape the next dire straits Action filled humorously and horrible in the right balance intriguingly mysterious in the background details and huge in worldbuilding – this new series might make it to my top fantasy reads for the near futureThe only slight complaint I have beside the use of a lot of fantasy tropes is the drift I sense from a PG rating in the earlier epic from Redick to a foulmouthed and explicit in gory details approach here It's not yet challenging the current masters of the grimdark gritty offerings in the field but I get the feeling the author is trying to move himself towards a larger and jaded audience He is still one of my favorite 'new' epic fantasy authors right alongside Adrian Tchaikovsky and Michael SullivanSo one extra star from me for being really psyched to continue this journey