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The Outcast Blade: Act Two of the Assassini (The Assassini Trilogy Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

Jon Courtenay Grimwood
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A splendid novel that combines the best elements of metaphysical horror and escapist yarn (SFX)

Book Description

The second volume in a gripping fantasy series about ambition, revenge and the rise of a vampire assassin - from this critically acclaimed British author

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 647 KB
  • Print Length: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Orbit (3 May 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006CQQO92
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #193,544 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Jon Courtenay Grimwood was born in Malta and christened in the upturned bell of a ship. He grew up in the Far East, Britain and Scandinavia. Apart from novels he writes for magazines and newspapers. He has been shortlisted for the Arthur C. Clarke Award twice and the BSFA Award for Best Novel seven times, winning twice. He lives in Winchester with his wife, novelist and editor-in-chief of RED magazine, Sam Baker.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning original fantasy 30 Aug. 2012
An excellent follow on from the Fallen Blade. Top quality fantasy that is full of subtlety and intrigue.

It concerns the recently widowed Lady Giulietta, who has the German and Byzantine empires wanting their preferred suitors to marry her and control Venice. The fly in the ointment is Tycho, a lethal assassin, but afraid of the day, who detests the city, but starts to love Lady Giulietta with a blind passion.

The climax of the book is a battle between the German and Byzantine empires with Tycho making a bond and eliminating one of the suitors.

Cannot wait for the final book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Venice as it should have been 28 May 2012
By Gareth Wilson - Falcata Times Blog TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Having loved Jon's original story, I couldn't wait to embark on this next adventure, so much so that when it landed I had a hard time saving it for a time when I wanted something not only special but to transport me to a world that should have been. What Jon presents within this latest release is a story of mystery, treachery and of course plots that interweave flawlessly as each element comes to the fore.

Add to this an overall arc that is complex, wonderfully rich with solid prose and characters that you can't help but want to spend time with and all in, the reader is in for a solid adventure. My only tip however is if its been a while since you read the original a reread is in order to bring everything fresh to your mind to get the most out of this extravagantly rich tale.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing Second Act 29 Jan. 2013
By D. Hall
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Having read the first installment 'The Fallen Blade' , I looked forward to reading the Outcast Blade. sadly, I was disappointed as this book seemed slow, with the feeling of treading water in places. JCG fans should read it though as the alternative Venice construct is quite dazzling at times, however this is no Stamping Butterflies or Arabesk.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, imaginative, intelligent vampire/history 26 Jun. 2012
By Manda Scott VINE VOICE
I discovered this author, and this book, while on blog tour for Eagle of the Twelfth. The Outcast Blade was reviewed just above it on the Falcata Times blog... I liked the sound of it, ordered it on the spot (oh, the joys of Amazon) and read it on the way to London for the HWA dinner. Such is the power of internet marketing.

This is the back cover blurb:

As the Byzantine and German emperors plot war against each other, Venice's future rests in the hands of three unwilling people: The newly knighted Sir Tycho. An ex-slave and trained assassin who defeated the Mamluk navy but cannot make the woman he loves love him back. Tortured by secrets, afraid of the daylight, he sees no reason to save a city he hates. The grieving Lady Giulietta. Impossibly rich, deeply spoilt. A virgin, a mother, a widow ...Both emperors want her hand for their sons in marriage. All she wants is to retire from the poisonous world of the Venetian court to mourn her husband in peace. And finally a naked, mud-strewn girl who crawls from a paupers' grave on an island in the Venetian lagoon and begins by killing the men who buried her.

What this doesn't tell you, is that 'The Outcast Blade' is a vampire/werewolf story, and, because this is the second in a series and I hadn't read the first one (tho' will do now), I didn't realise until a good third of the way through. By then, I'd come to know Tycho as a person and got to grips with the 'almost-but-not-quite-realistic' fantasy Venice that is Grimwood's setting.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Stonking good read ... 19 May 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
If you loved Ashraf Bey, you'll adore JCG's new unwilling but hypnotic protagonist "Tycho".

Book two in the Assassani trilogy, picks up where book one ends with Tycho still struggling to find himself or rather, what he is. This doesn't however prevent love blossoming as at last it dawns upon his love interest, that she too is equally smitten, despite her long drawn out denial - star crossed they are not.

A terrific book that I would recommend to ALL ... from baby booming "Twilight" aficionados to those still intrigued by the legend that is Dracula. Happy reading!
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