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The moon finally broke through the dissipating rain clouds and its light afforded Jeda a better view of her building. The lone window of her room had scant protection: a threadbare cloth covering that barely held out the elements. The window would provide easy access for Jeda's entry, but the rain had made everything a slick mess. He studied the outside of the dilapidated building and memorized the handholds and ledges that he would use in his climb to reach her.
As he surveyed the building, his sixth sense flared again and a disturbing feeling swept over him. He had always thought of these feelings as his curse, his assassin's curse: to be able to discern unknown danger before it happened. It often left him second-guessing himself and the choices he made. It was hard to trust these feeling when he did not understand where they came from. Curse or blessing, he felt them strongly as he watched the window across the narrow alleyway and wondered what he would find when he went through it. He looked around the rooftop and the surrounding area for anything unusual, but his only companions were the rats and the dead they feasted on.
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However, after the grammatical errors, the frequent repetition of words - for goodness sake, I want to buy the author a thesaurus! I got halfway through the story and couldn't take it anymore. Even above and beyond the poor writing skills, the author has a difficult time painting a scene, and often resorts to shock to carry the story arc - seriously, an entire chapter dedicated to the cruel (and explicit) torture of a young woman... was that really necessary?
Sorry. I just coulnd't like this book. At all.
Enter our unlikely hero, Jeda, an assassin with questionable morals. He has been assigned by the assassin's guild to find and kill the mother, who is already nearly dead, and bring the twins back alive. The mother, also a witch, bonds him to the twins magically so that he is compelled to keep them safe and secure.
Jeda takes the twins, flees the city. At this point the coven, the twin's grandmother and, by extension, the assassin's guild (the grandmother took out the contract to find and return the babies in the first place) are all hunting for Jeda and the twins... and the plot is set.
This is an excellent story with a great deal of depth to the plot. So many novels fall flat when there are so many characters involved in a complex storyline, but this one manages to hold it together.
There could be more emphasis on the flow, in the writing itself. There is a great deal of repetition of words, which makes some of the description and dialogue fall a bit flat, especially when read out loud.
I enjoyed the characters, but I did not feel like I ever really got know them personally; I only knew what was happening to them. I did not feel myself invested in them as people, only in their plight. Ironically, it was the 'cameo appearance' characters that I felt most attached to; Miriam - the mother of the twins, Clara - the bread girl the wagon.
This is definitely an adult fantasy. Read more ›
Jeda is a great hero, even though he's forced into the role. The authors do a great job of transitioning him from cold-blooded killer into unwilling hero, and then finally a man who'll freely stop at nothing to protect his family.
There's more than one "villain" in this book. But Mave gets my vote for being the scariest. Literally. This guy is pure evil. I spent the entire book enthusiastically anticipating Jeda finally getting the best of Mave. I wasn't disappointed.
There were a few twists in the book that I didn't see coming--which is always a plus. If you're a fan of fantasy, or just plain ol' good storytelling...grab this one. It's a keeper!
I have never to my knowledge read anything by this author but was ready for something new. Assassin's Curse was something quite different from anything I had read over the last several years. The synopsis gives a very accurate description of the contents without all the highs and lows.
I was a little thrown at first because the protagonist is male and with the storyline the way it is, I would have thought the authors would have used a female. So, unique. You really want to hate Jeda but the whole compulsion spell completely changes his character and actually makes him quite likable and sympathetic. The good and bad characters, with the exception of Jeda are evident and very well created.
I really enjoyed Assassin's Curse. Was it a best seller waiting to happen, no. I thought is was a well developed storyline, the characters were nicely portrayed and the descriptions were extremely well written. I learned quite a bit about knife throwing and sword play. The fight scenes kept me wholly engrossed. The twins just about stole the novel but I believe that was the point as we can tell by the ending, there is more to come about their adventures.
As you know, we all have different tastes in our reading material. As usual, after forming my review and having my rating in mind, I read some other reviews. I was surprised Assassin's Curse wasn't better rated. Maybe I received a newly edited version or my standards aren't quite so high but I didn't find bunches of editing problems. Maybe I enjoyed the story so much, I didn't pick up on them thus making them a non-player in my rating. Read more ›
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"Witch's Curse," Book 2 in The Witch Stone Prophecy was release in July 2014. It's the sequel to the best-selling epic fantasy "Assassin's Curse".
"The Silver Cross" Book 1 in the series, VAMPIRE NIGHTLIFE was published in 2012. "The Silver Double Cross" Book 2 is currently under development and will be released in 2015.
If you enjoy Arthurian history with a twist, they have published "Quest for Nobility" and "Crystal Facade" in the RULE OF OTHARIA trilogy. The final volume, "The King's Last Word" is under development and is slated to be published in 2015.
If you enjoy post-apocalyptic fiction, they have written three stories in the DARK FUTURE series, "Path to Destruction," "The Right Path" and "Zia's Path."
Debra blogs regularly at Two Ends of the Pen about writing, publishing, ebooks, guest posts, author interviews and book reviews. You can also find a complete list of her published books on the blog.
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