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4.2 out of 5 stars
The Exiled Blade: Book 3 of the Assassini
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on 18 April 2013
The author has a fascinating talent at making it all look like a well constructed play. His writing is excellent, and the story itself does not disappoint. Love it, and the beautiful writing
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on 28 April 2013
As good as Game of Thrones (which I love), and author writes like an angel,fallen or not! Have read all of his books and he keeps getting better. Recommended.
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on 19 May 2013
A great story which I enjoyed reading, the plots come thick and fast with twists and turns which are unpredictable. I recommend this book.
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VINE VOICEon 19 April 2013
Ahh, assassins, historical settings and of course Urban Fantasy aspects make this title not only fun to sit down with but one that you really can't afford to pass up. Here within the pages Tycho has quite a few difficult choices to make as intrigue, double dealing and family vendetta's add up to throw the world into turmoil with very few chance for the hero to get a happy ending.

As usual with Jon, the writing is crisp, the pace outstanding and when added to characters that you just love to spend time around all round leaves you turning the pages hoping that your favourites will survive. This series really has been a cracking set of releases over the last few years and definitely one that will be keeping its treasured spot upon my shelves.
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on 18 May 2013
An interesting finale to the series, perhaps not quite living up to the heights of the previous 2 books, but satisfying none the less...
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on 16 April 2014
Having read The Fallen Blade and The Outcast Blade I needed to see how the story was to be concluded.
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on 19 January 2014
Without saying too much the introduction of the other mythical creatures in this book seemed a plot device too far, a means to try and end the series that did not hold true to the first two books. It was a shame and I was disappointed.
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on 14 October 2015
great !
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on 29 May 2013
Looking back on the Assassini books my first thought is that the story peaked in the 2nd act - leaving this concluding book as a bit of a damp squib. The underlying flaws that were mostly hidden in the rest of the series and fully displayed here and they ain't pretty.

The main flaw in the whole series is that the normal and supernatural worlds are poorly integrated and don't hang together as part of a coherent universe. The magical objects and beings Tycho excluded tend to be used as plot devices rather than being part of the tapestry of the world. A case in point being the demons around the Red Catherdral - if they are so prevalent why haven't the human armies developed better ways of dealing with them? More importantly how did Tycho forget to warn his friends about them? How did Leo not get even a scratch from them in the escape from the tower? It just doesn't stack up.
The evil regents motives for skulking off the the ends of the earth instead of constantinopal are never fully explored.

Worst of all Tycho's and Guiletta's romance ends not with a bang but with a whimper via the plot device of some creatures from Greek mythology again used poorly in my opinion - granting/cursing Tycho with something he already had - immortality. Indeed during the while chapter on the basis of the previous books and his exploits in the lake - Tycho should have been able to swat them like flies. It would have been far more interesting for Tycho to rail against these elder creatures and lose in spite of his power instead of just meekly complying and losing his only love.

That's my last and most major gripe - this book could have established Tycho and Gulietta's relationship as a classic mad, passionate but tragic romance - instead to service the plot it's allowed to fizzle out.

Maybe the trilogy will improve on further reading - Arabesks didn't - but this is one JCG fans whose is left with a bitter taste in his mouth and a regret for what might have been with this book.
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on 26 February 2015
the book came in excellent condition even though I bought it second hand, looks like new. Is a great book but a little hard to understand ( all 3 books are a bit hard and the intrigue is too much )
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