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5.0 out of 5 stars Inspired, 1 Jun 2014
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Parm (A bookshop near you) - See all my reviews
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I know Simon prefers transparency in the case of reviews, so to be totally upfront: I would always struggle to dislike this book. Simon is about as good a friend as i have, add to that he did me the huge honour of adding a character to this series (Parmenio). Its those things that put a huge smile on my face and give a wonderful gloss to this reviewing lark.
All that aside; This is a wonderful book, even without being predisposed to want to love the book. Simon has a true talent for story telling, and a prodigious output (see below for his full book list). This series (Ottoman Cycle) is my personal favorite from Simon. Filled with a deep sense of connection for every location, i know Simon has meticulously researched each and every one, but research only takes you so far, its the passion for history in general that makes this a winner add to that the writing, the locations and telling talent a story that shines through on every page and you get a little bit of magic.
Assassins Tale see’s our main character Skiouros return from an unexpected trip to the new world, he returns to a Europe divided and held together at the same time by religion, its wars, its politics and its superstitions. Skiouros returns older, wiser, stronger; ready to take on the rest of his mission. He has to find his friends and return to his pledge to rid the world of the man responsible for his brothers death.
A journey that will place him at the heart of Roman politics, in direct harms way of a warrior king hell bent on expanding his empire, and smack in the middle of Borgia politics.
There is so much in this book i was riveted, i remember emailing Simon at midnight to go “What the F…” on at least one occasion.
A book that can elicit emotions like that is for me a winner.
So this is highly recommended.
(Parm)
Marius’ Mules
1. The Conquest of Gaul (2009)
aka The Invasion of Gaul
2. The Belgae (2010)
3. Gallia Invicta (2011)
4. Conspiracy of Eagles (2012)
5. Hades’ Gate (2013)
6. Caesar’s Vow (2014)
Prelude to War (2014)

Tales of the Empire

1. Interregnum (2009)
2. Ironroot (2010)
3. Dark Empress (2011)

Ottoman Cycle
1. The Thief’s Tale (2013)
2. The Priest’s Tale (2013)
3. The Assassin’s Tale (2014)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another classic from Turney, 6 July 2014
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I've been a fan of Simon's work for a number of years now and he never fails to let his fans down. The story has the usual mixture of plot twists and action. The characters have developed nicely though I was sorry to see a number of them dispatched. It also dealt nicely with the whole emotional cost of revenge. Brilliant book, looking forward to the next instalment.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars, 2 July 2014
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Great value read, couldn't put it down
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fab!, 15 Jun 2014
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Another great book from SJA Turney! We are reunited with Skiouros in this new tale filled with pace, action, suspense, political and religious intrigues, tragic deaths, friendships and vengeance. Keep up the great writing, Turney!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Assassin's Tale (The Ottoman Cycle Book 3) S.J.A. Turney, 12 Jun 2014
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It's a simple arrangement really, Mr. Turney writes and then I revel in the reading. This is the third book in The Ottoman Cycle which takes place in the late 15th century and has taken the protagonist from his home of Istanbul in his quest to avenge the death of his brother. At the end of book two, Skiouros in a mad dash from certain death finds himself aboard The Pinta and winds up in The New World. His time there, though brief, has imbued him with a strengthened resolve and a new sense of patience. This is the main plot, can Skiouros see the deed through to completion, does he have the will and fortitude to assassinate the man responsible for his brother's death? Finding his enemy is the easy part as Cem has been the guest/hostage of The Pope, well that is until he becomes the guest/hostage of King Charles of France. Getting to him is the challenge and proves to be an arduous one for Skiouros and his friends. Through the expediency of forming a mercenary outfit, they gradually make their way into the Vatican only to have Cem traded away in peace negotiations and is now being guarded by the French army. A daunting task filled with adventures and danger and death. The author has never been shy about killing off strong/major characters but those deaths are part of the fabric of the story and as such can be forgiven despite the pain inflicted upon the poor reader when another favorite bites the dust. A truly exceptional tale that was well researched and well developed. 5-stars
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5.0 out of 5 stars Masterful third book in the series, 11 Jun 2014
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Mr. Ray. Brown (Arbroath Scotland) - See all my reviews
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Well Mr Turney has produced another gripping tale and due to the trailing throughout Italy an excellent Geography lesson as well, Skiorus's hunt for vengeance follows on from the previous 2 books keeping the reader guessing, the fall of some of his companions along the way adds to the excitement as is builds to its conclusion,
What a masterful story teller Simon Turney has developed into From his excellent Marius Mules series, the 3 Romanesque style fantasy books, to the wonderful Ottoman Cycle, If you have never read S.J.A Turney before you are missing something.
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