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4.1 out of 5 stars

on 11 November 2013
A very enjoyable and well written book. The plot is unique (in my experience) and a far cry from the young-hero-gaining-mystical-powers stereotype. The characters are interesting. The ending is more satisfactory than most 1st in trilogy books.

I have one, tiny, niggle (and when I tell you what it is, you will think me very petty). It's the demographic/geography detail. Most of the action takes place in a town of (we are told) 20,000 inhabitants. This place has nobility, a series of murderable dukes and relatives, a thieves guild and a very powerful assassins guild. It also has a number of districts. It isn't the capital, and in other ways seems like a provincial town.

Well, I have lived in places with 5,000, 65,000 and 500,000 inhabitants. Only the last of those could have supported such a diverse collection of groups - and then only just. In the pre-industrial 17th century, London would have been the only town in the British Isles to support the events of this book.

You are probably thinking 'what a ridiculous thing to get hung up on'. And I agree! I mention it for two reasons - firstly I did find it distracting, secondly, if this is all I could find to whinge about, then this is a VERY good book!
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on 9 January 2014
Despite the similarities with other stories, this story manages to keep its own unique slant on the basic premise and gives the reader a good time.

It's fast paced, full of engaging characters whether you love or loathe them, and it leaves a believable opening for more. Believe me, when you finish this one you are ready for more.
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on 21 July 2013
Engaging and captivating...starts simple and interesting but as you get deeper into the book, the story, characters and plots thicken. I initially thought this is a weak version of Brent Week's Night Angel, but a wonderful book nonetheless.
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on 14 December 2013
I generally love fantasy and medieval books so this was right-up my street. It was slightly different from the many others in this category and had some really good characters with a mix of romance,martial artists and corrupt villains.
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on 1 September 2014
New approach to fantasy fiction very impressed now on book two already purchased book 3 would recommend to fans of fantasy
good character building with plenty of excitement built in .
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on 27 May 2016
Very clever idea. Well written but poor end.
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on 21 April 2014
I very much enjoyed this book, gripping easy to read and hard to put down can't wait to read the next book
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on 22 December 2014
A book that gets you hooked in the first few pages with great story and character you just have find out about and see where there story takes them . A well thought out book and will be buying the next in the series after this review.
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on 3 February 2014
It held my attention to the very end with a good twist to make me want to read the next instalment.
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on 23 July 2013
Light and easy nice action in the fights could have dine with a touch of humour more every now and then but otherwise enjoyable
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