Friday, November 27, 2009
For Azoth, survival is precarious. Something you never take for granted. As a guild rat, he’s grown up in the slums, and learned the hard way to judge people quickly — and to take risks. Risks like apprenticing himself to Durzo Blint.
But to be accepted, Azoth must turn his back on his old life and embrace a new identity and name. As Kylar Stern, he must learn to navigate the assassins’ world of dangerous politics and strange magics — and cultivate a flair for death.
My Review: When I say my new obsession, boy do I mean it. If you take the Matrix, Lord of the Rings, and Batman you pretty much get the close equivalent of this book. I've never explored the "Assassin" genre before, but I can say that I am now a rapt follower. Besides from being excellently written, this book had me on edge the ENTIRE time. Halfway through the book I thought I was at the climax. Halfway to the end of the book was the climax! I could not put it down even if I wanted to. With so much magic, mistique, fights, a little romance, and of course the total unpredictability of it all it has to be one of the best books I have ever read. Azoth/Kylar is someone you should hate, but can't help but love. His struggles are so humane that I connected with his character very easily. Even Durzo, whom is supposed to be a ruthless assassin isn't clear cut in the black and white terms of good or evil. Despite his actions he is still a good person, and this is the reality of life. People do horrible things, and aren't punished yet they still strive to do what's right. I guarantee you'll fall in love with these books. Of course I'm off to read the next book in the series. No time to waste!
Posted by Ky at 12:15 PM