• Age of Assassins

  • The Wounded Kingdom, Book 1
  • By: RJ Barker
  • Narrated by: Joe Jameson
  • Series: The Wounded Kingdom, Book 1
  • Length: 13 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 08-03-17
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio
  • 4 out of 5 stars 4.3 (4 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Shortlisted for the David Gemmell Awards 2018
Shortlisted for the Kitschie Award 2018
To catch an assassin, use an assassin.... 
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. 
The Wounded Kingdom trilogy begins with Age of Assassins, continues with Blood of Assassins and will continue with King of Assassins
©2017 RJ Barker (P)2017 Little Brown Book Group
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Critic Reviews

"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)
"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)
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5 out of 5 stars
By TClews on 08-27-17

Superb tale of murder and intrigue.

Reminiscent of the Farseer trilogy, excellent audiobook. highly recommended with brilliant narration. I enjoyed every minute from beginning to end.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Swords and Spectres on 03-18-18

Great start to what should be a great series

The only way to start off is by saying that this title did not disappoint. The story was fabulous and the cast of characters equally so. It had everything from intrigue, to romance, to shadowy plots and, of course, a bit of school yard bullying from a thoroughly hateful little wastrel of a boy.

Unlike most tales of assassins, or fantasy protagonists in general, our hero isn’t a muscular Adonis making the ladies swoon wherever he goes. Admittedly, he is a very capable killing machine due to the training he has from his master. He’s a cripple with a club-foot. Not the first thing you’d think of when envisioning an assassin skulking in the shadows ready to slit a throat. R. J. Barker does well to remember his character’s limitations and often highlights when his disability is causing him pain or distress. Its little bits of attention to detail like that which bring a welcome touch of realism to a fantasy world.

I won’t delve too much into the story, after all I don’t want to spoil anything. But I will say that the relationships, be they positive, negative or somewhere in-between, are well-formed and the characters all have … well … character to them. None of the named/important characters feel like they were just thrown in.

The world is also pretty detailed. This excites me more than most when it comes to a fantasy novel, as it means the author is fully intent on going deep into his creation. Nothing worse than a series that has little depth to the background.

My only slight negative was that I didn’t think the narrator would gel well for the whole story. Just at the start I kind of felt his voice wouldn’t fit. Thankfully, I was wrong and he settled down really well into it and did the varying cast of characters justice with his narration. Either that or I got used to him so quickly that it didn’t bother me (which would be a plus in itself).

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4 out of 5 stars
By peastri on 04-29-18

Good read.

Honestly not sure how I felt about this one. I wavered quite a bit. I definitely lean more towards liking it than not but I think my expectations were too unfairly high. Once a character I didn't like was removed from the story I did enjoy it more and I will pick up the next one as I believe there's potential there.

Joe Jameson is a massive highlight in narration, the man has some serious skills and I'd pretty much recommend anything he narrates.

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