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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.
©2011 Jon Courtenay Grimwood (P)2011 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
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4 out of 5 stars
By Randell Thompson on 10-27-17

Well written but.......

It's a good listen but you get a bit lost. Jumps alot mid story. Once you catch up your good to go.

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2 out of 5 stars
By Ellen on 08-31-12

Too hard to follow

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


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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5 out of 5 stars
By fiona on 04-13-13

well paced fun

Great novel, part of a good series. Nice to have vampires and werewolves that aren't twilight style, without being nosferatu style either.

This story is an alternate history, fantasy work. Great description and scene setting. Great narrator too

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3 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 08-06-12

Could be a good series

On the whole I love the work of Jon Courtenay Grimwood although some are much better than others. This one is by and large good but with some elements of confused logic. The "hero" is capable of grade A violence but puts up with regular capture and torture. There is also much confusion as to the why's and wherefores of his love interest(s). However the story is otherwise very good, not so the narration. Dan Miller cannot and should not ever do female voices as he comes over as comic camp with a squeaky petulant tone. I am not sure I could put up with another episode read by him.

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