Amazon Reviews for THE ASSASSIN PRINCESS originally written and published under the pseudonym Blake Rivers.
Re-ignited my passion for fantasy
The Assassin Princess is a fantastic, epic adventure that took me back to Gaiman, or Pullman's Dark Materials.
The landscapes are beautiful but often dark, vast and claustrophobic. Everything has a place, a story, and a reason for being there, which helps build a very believable world full of characters you will both love and hate.
Though the story is mostly about Ami and her internal conflicts as she travels the world of Legacy, it is also the other characters, their goals and reasons for their actions toward one-another, that make this a very exciting, very tense and thoroughly enjoyable read. The fight scenes are absolutely breathtaking.
Expertly written with a style and language that suit the setting perfectly, The Assassin Princess will pull you in as a reader to a place that you don't actually want to leave. Or at the very least, would want to go back to.
★★★★★ | Amazon Review | Andy Rigley - June 28th 2013
A Delightful Read
Just as Ami is suddenly sucked into a magnificent world featuring the very same vast and compelling landscapes that she paints, I found myself similarly sucked into this fantasy world along with her.
Legacy is more than just breathtaking scenery and mystical unicorns. With her dangerous half-brother in hot pursuit, Ami finds herself in a battle of wills, a compelling struggle between good and evil that had me hooked from beginning to end. Blake Rivers magnificently crafts relatable characters and his descriptive writing style made this book a very enjoyable read.
I am very much looking forward to the second installment of the Legacy series!
★★★★★ | Amazon Review | CE Kelly - October 4th 2013
Must-read for Fantasy Lovers
Where to start? The writing, the characters, the plot, the world(s) - everything about this story is excellent. And unique. I can't think of any other story quite like this that mixes unicorns and alternate realities, swordplay and mystery. I thought it was going to be pretty typical fantasy, and then everything takes a spin.
One of the first things that stood out to me was the way Ami's artistic nature comes through in the descriptive imagery. As we see what she sees, we also see HOW she sees - the worlds are described/painted in colors and textures, which is exactly how any artist sees the world. Also, the descriptions are really comforting to a reader because they aren't overdone, and your own imagination is given room to fill in the gaps.
Even if a book has lovely writing, it can fall flat if it's not a good story. This is a great one. I never lost interest in any of the characters, and the complexity of the characters (I'm trying to remain spoiler-free) turns out to be one of the most interesting aspects of the book.
This really is some of the best fantasy I've read in a long time. Definitely reminded me of Narnia mixed with the world of Snow White and the Huntsman (but done better). While the ending is satisfying and this book could stand alone, I'm certainly looking forward to a sequel.
★★★★★ | Amazon Review | Sunshine Somerville - October 29th 2013