The Fallen Blade : The Assassini

  • by Jon Courtenay Grimwood
  • Narrated by Dan John Miller
  • Series: The Assassini
  • 12 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Customs officers board a galley in a harbor and overpower its guards. In the hold they find oil and silver, and a naked boy chained to the bulkhead. The officers break the boy's chains to rescue him, but he escapes…. Duke Alonzo commands the seas, taxes his colonies, and, like every duke before him, fears assassins better than his own. In a side chapel, Alonzo's 13-year old cousin prays for deliverance from her forced marriage. When Moorish pirates break in to steal a chalice, they kidnap her and demand ransom from the Duke. As day dawns, Marco, the Duke's chief assassin, prepares to kill the man who let in the pirates. Having cut the traitor's throat, he turns back, and finds a stranger crouched over the man, drinking blood from the wound. The speed with which the boy dodges a dagger and scales a pillar stuns Marco, and the assassin knows he has to find the boy – he's finally found what he thought he would never find. Someone fit to be his apprentice.

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Magical Venice

Our own history is so full of mystery and intrigue that a good author has really no need to create his own fictional world in order to create a truly great novel. Travel back in time to Venezia the city of a thousand bridges and channels and there really is no need to create the lost elven city of Lothlorien. Add a dash of magic, a dash mystery and include some good old human cruelty and you have the recipe for what could be a great novel right?
Well yes. But even if Venezia surely is the perfect setting for assassins, nobility and political drama and I can hardly imagine a more ???magical??? city this novel still comes off as bland. The characters are, if not mostly one dimensional, all unlikable. This novel sadly falls into that broad category of historical fiction where the author has been so focused on creating a story in a true historical setting that the story part has somehow gotten in second line to what I assume is correct Renaissance architecture and sculptures. A shame really.
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- Eivind "Tell us about yourself!"

Too hard to follow

Would you try another book from Jon Courtenay Grimwood and/or Dan John Miller?

No


What was most disappointing about Jon Courtenay Grimwood’s story?

They didn't build any character for me to be interested in. The story jumped around soo much it was hard to follow and after slogging through hour after hour hoping it would get better I cut my loses and quit.


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- Ellen

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-28-2011
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio