- Paperback: 368 pages
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's UK (3 Sept. 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1847380352
- ISBN-13: 978-1847380357
- Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2.3 x 20.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 7 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 481,692 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Imperial Traitor (Imperial Trilogy) Paperback – 3 Sep 2007
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When Emperor Surabar is assassinated, Shalidar makes plans to put Lord Tremarle on the throne, in return for being appointed his heir. The remaining lords have other plans, however, and the city descends into anarchy. Femke and Reynik go into hiding with the Emperor designate, Lord Kempten. But for Kempten to take over, he must destroy the master stone - a stone which is kept in the heavily-guarded palace. As gladiators face up to assassins, can Femke come up with a plan to get them into the palace - and return peace to the city?
About the Author
Mark Robson was born in Essex in 1966 and raised, for the most part, in Camarthen, West Wales. In 1982 he gained a scholarship to join the Royal Air Force as a pilot and has worked for them ever since. He successfully self-published the four book series, The Darkweaver Legacy, the first book of which was largely written during tours of duty in the Falkland Islands. He now lives in Northamptonshire with his family.
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The new book picks this question up in Robson's trademark style, with a compelling account of how the assassin Shalidar came up with his plan for disposing of Surabar. As the story progresses, we are pulled into a world of vicious power politics, as several ambitious lords compete to become the next Emperor. As some of them call on the Guild of Assassins to improve the odds, all hell breaks loose across Shandrim.
Meanwhile, Femke and Reynik need to protect Lord Kempten, Surabar's chosen successor, from detection. There is also the small matter of working out how to get Reynik out from the Assassin's Guild, tied to it as he is by a magical icon that will kill him if he strays too far...
In this final volume of a great all-action trilogy, Mark Robson pulls out all the stops. I was impressed by the pacing of the book, and especially by the way he managed to weave together all the threads from the previous two books, adding in for good measure several other characters and ideas that were first heard of in his earlier Darkweaver series.
The way Robson has chosen to end this story is spectacular! I felt I was right there, alongside Femke, Reynik and their allies, as the action unfolded. A great end to a thrilling series; I'd recommend this to anyone who likes a fast-paced fantasy thriller suitable for young adults.
The plot twists and turns so much that anything could happen on the next page. When Emperor Surabar is assassinated, the throne is open to any lord who wants it. The competition is hot, and the man who assassinated the Emperor, Shalidar, wants his new step-father Lord Tremarle to get the throne, so that when he dies, Shalidar can take over the throne. A very good assassin, Femke, and her soldier friend Reynik, who is also a member of the guild, need to stop him. The Guild of Assassins are after Femke, but want Reynik killed for being a traitor.
The pair also have to keep the rightful Emperor, Lord Kempton, after he went into hiding, but had recently been discovered so is on the run. They get some help from an old friend of Kempton, a mage, and he disguises them so they can infiltrate the guild.
This was an excellent way to end the series and a definite idea for a Christmas/birthday present!