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The Assassins: Forged In Blood [Kindle Edition]

Goran Zidar
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Book Description

Tallow is an assassin, betrayed by his handler and captured by an enemy bent on the conquest of his brotherhood. He seeks to escape from his prison and warn his brothers of the dangers ahead.

Atilen, a thief that takes his debts far too seriously, crosses a dangerous wasteland and finds himself in the middle of a conflict that doesn't concern him for a man he doesn't even like.

Torture and pain will face the pair as they struggle against an ancient Empire that strives to regain its former glory.

Word Count: 14,500


Product Details

  • File Size: 203 KB
  • Print Length: 47 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005ER5HC0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #854,733 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A welcome debut July 31, 2011
By Marius
Format:Kindle Edition
"Forged in Blood" is a not-too-long short-story set in the Lands of the Inner Sea. I haven't read Zidar before, but I liked Forged in Blood. It introduces you to three characters (Tallow, Atilen and Bran) and basically is about how their paths meet.

It's clear that Zidar loves his world very much - even in this short story there are many underlying hints of a well-developed world. I think this short story is a prelude to Zidar's upcoming novel (titled The Grandfather's Blade on his website) - I wish the best of luck to him, and commend him on a light, yet entertaining read.
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3.0 out of 5 stars An intriguing fantasy short, but needs a bit more depth September 25, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
"The Assassins: Forged In Blood" is a fantasy short story written by Goran Zidar. The tale follows the events of Tallow, an assassin captured on a failed mission by opposing forces that are determined to wipe his order out. Tallow seeks escape from his captors but after enduring endless amounts of torture is too weak to do so. Little does Tallow realizes that his former partner and mentor has a contingency plan in place should unfortunate circumstances occur. When Tallow is confirmed missing, Atilan, a fellow rogue is duty bound to track him down in attempts to rescue him, should he still be alive. Here are my thoughts on The Assassins: Forged In Blood;

Pros

+ Quick and easy read.

+ Hand drawn world map.

+ Nice cover art.

Cons <Contains SPOILERS>

- Writing style can be a bit too simplistic at times. Further editing of sentence structure would help.

- Most text on the map is largely illegible except for bigger script. I viewed the map on a 9.7 inch tablet and on my 27" computer monitor and still couldn't read things. The resolution was just too small.

- Short length of the story makes it difficult to understand the overall struggle between the various factions of world vying for control. You also never grasp what Tallow was doing on his mission or why as everything appears to be part of the bigger picture.

- Cover art, although nice, didn't really match the tale.

"The Assassins: Forged In Blood" was a short but entertaining fantasy read. I enjoyed following the struggles of Tallow and Atilan as they attempted to escape the hands of the enemy. The main issue I had with the tale was that I could tell there was a much bigger story to tell.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Too short to be sold as a.book May 10, 2013
By dv
Format:Kindle Edition
Perhaps I missed the warning. But this isn't.much more than a short story. Writing style is ok but I won't be reading a bunch of shorts disguised as novels
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Assassins September 21, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Great story line, good character development and plot line. A few twists and turns, overall a good thriller, REcommend this book.
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