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Assassin's Curse (Book 1, The Witch Stone Prophecy) by [Martin, Debra L, Small, David W]
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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

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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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  • File Size: 3571 KB
  • Print Length: 364 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: January 2, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006T3HN2A
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #641,902 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By K. Sozaeva VINE VOICE on January 5, 2012
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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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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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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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I picked up this book on a recommendation and it sat on my Kindle for a while, but I'm glad it reached the top of my TBR list.

The factor that made it a compelling read for me was the drive and motivations of the various key groups and players in the story. The Assassins guild and some of its members, the two witch factions, royalty related to the twins, the gypsies and the assassin who takes over, caring for the two infants that are sought by so many, all have their reasons for seeking the girls. Elements of power and revenge, love, hate and desire all mingle in those driven to find the twins, and harness the power foretold in the prophesy.

All of the moving parts come together in the climax. I thought the Assassins guild would better account for itself, but that might be a personal bias developed as I read. If you give the novel a try, maybe you'll agree, maybe not. I'll be picking up the next in the series.
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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. I'm a fan of murder mysteries, syfy, suspense and action so this was right up my alley. The author also did a good job of weaving love into the storyline.

The only reason I didn't give this book 5 stars is because of the typos... I only stumbled a couple of times while reading because of that. If you can tolerate the mistakes, which are camouflaged by the speed of the story, then take the time to read Assassin's Curse.
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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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