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Assassin's Curse (Book 1, The Witch Stone Prophecy) [Kindle Edition]

Debra L Martin , David W Small
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)

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**NEWLY EXPANDED SECOND EDITION**

When elite assassin Jeda received his assignment to kill a witch and deliver her twin daughters to the Countess of Berkshire, he had no idea it would be his last. The witch stuns him with an elemental blast, but not before he's able to throw his knife. When Jeda regains consciousness, the dying witch is performing a compulsion spell between him and her daughters.

Now bonded to the girls, Jeda's old life is forfeit. His only thought is to take the girls and run as far away as he can. He has no idea that the twins are the ones spoken of in the long-lost prophecy of The Witch Stone. Forces are gathering: the white witches want to teach them; the black witches want to use them; the Countess wants her grandchildren back, and the guild has sent their best assassin to bring them back. Jeda must use all of his skills to stay one step ahead of them all, but will it be enough to save himself and keep the children of prophecy alive?

The adventure continues for Jeda and the twins in book 2, Witch's Curse.


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"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!" WestCoastBookLover

"Fans of epic fantasy or good, old-fashioned, high-quality storytelling will all love this book - highly recommended!!" K. Sozaeva

"This is an amazing book. I could hardly put it down once I started. The story is well-written and engaging, really pulling you into this world that David and Debra have created...I would highly recommend this read to anyone who loves an exciting read. Geat job!" Skypointe

From the Inside Flap

Something's not right, I can feel it.
 
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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  • Language: English
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantasy epic, highly recommended! January 5, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
This is a really great book - it moves fast, but at the same time develops the characters to the point where you will really feel for them. Mave is a wonderful villain, in that I really, truly hated him and hoped he would come to a bad end. Jeda is a perfect anti-hero, and the girls Kala and Kara are so different from each other and unique - I was really impressed with how the authors developed them. The Black and White Covens created a wonderful contrast and I found it highly entertaining; the Assassin's Guild is just vague enough that you are drawn between unease over the assassinations, and interest that they would provide this sort of service for hire. Fans of epic fantasy or good, old-fashioned, high-quality storytelling will all love this book - highly recommended!!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Plot, Strong Storyline June 26, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Assassin's Curse is the first installment in an epic fantasy series about two female witches, twins whose destiny is bound up in prophecy. The story opens when the twins are just babies; their mother and father are slain by the head of a witch coven that wants to control the fate of the twins herself.

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.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic! January 24, 2012
By Sandy
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Every once in a while I find a book that draws me in so effectively that I don't want to put it down. Assassin's Curse is one of those books.

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!
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18 of 23 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars No. March 16, 2012
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I tried to enjoy this book, I really did. I seriously wanted to like it.
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.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Unexpected Enjoyment January 21, 2012
By Jumms
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I picked this up at the last minute as i needed something new to read and the cover caught my eye. I was sucked in not too long after the first chapter and this book gets better as you keep reading. You learn more and start to care for the main characters. There are some twists in there i didn't expect & things moved along quickly in some instances but it was definitely an enjoyable read. I didn't think i'd come to care for Jeda but you start to hope things work out for him & the girls. It's a must read and the authors are good storytellers, can't ask for much more than that. Can't wait to continue on to the next book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Read!! September 4, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I received a Kindle version of this novel from the author for a fair and honest review. Why do we say that? Oh well.

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.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Holy Assassins Batman!
Great Action/Adventure story. The characters are gritty and interwoven into a swirel of adventure and surprise. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Charlie
5.0 out of 5 stars A fun suspenseful adventure/fantasy (witch) story
Assassin's Curse (The Witch Stone Prophecy) by Debra L. Martin & David W. Small

Jeda is an assassin, he is supposed to kill a witch and bring her twin daughters to the... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Sheri A. Wilkinson
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent read that is really hard to put down
An excellent read that is really hard to put down. Lots of action and plot twists you don't see coming. I could see this as a motion picture easily.
Published 3 months ago by Sam Barger
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic start to an epic story. Highly Recommended.
Great start to what will surely be a great series. Nice pacing and ground work for the other books to come. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Charles E MIller
5.0 out of 5 stars The story is full of great characters and colorful descriptions
I was given this book as a gift and was a little reluctant to read it as it is not my usual genre but i was drawn in and then couldn't put it down. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Sandra R Hart
5.0 out of 5 stars The plot was well written and flowed beautifully from scene to scene
The story was riveting! I was drawn in by the characters and their individual stories. The plot was well written and flowed beautifully from scene to scene. Read more
Published 3 months ago by CMack
5.0 out of 5 stars the wonderful good witches and healers
It has been a long time since I read a fantasy, so it took me a few pages to get into the swing of things. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Linda
5.0 out of 5 stars Assassin's Curse
This is old-fashioned Fantasy at it's best. There is the Guild of Assassins, the Witches Covens (Black & White), the Wilding ones, nobility - all tied together with a prophecy. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Merissa (Archaeolibrarian)
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining & an attention grabber
Assassin's Curse was definitely a good read. Anything that can hold my attention must be good because I haven't found too many books lately that keep my attention. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fantastic and Thrilling Story!
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author in return for an honest review.

This is the first book in The Witch Stone Prophecy series. I loved it! Read more
Published 7 months ago by Lynn Worton
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Debra L Martin, science fiction and fantasy author, started writing with co-author, David W Small in 2006. Writing with a co-author is challenging in itself, but when 1 author lives on the East Coast and 1 lives on the West Coast, the challenges are a bit more daunting, but because we live in an electronic world of email, Instant Messenger and Skype, the partnership is totally workable. What makes the partnership even better is that David is my brother. We love the same types of books and that love naturally evolved into writing our own books.

"Witch's Curse," Book 2 in The Witch Stone Prophecy was released 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.

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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