Author: Gail Z. Martin
Narrator: Samuel Roukin
Length: 7 hours 42 minutes
Series: Assassins of Landria, Book 1
Publisher: Recorded Books
Released: Oct. 25, 2018
First in the new Assassins of Landria series from the award-winning, best-selling author of Scourge: A Novel of Darkhurst, and the Chronicles of the Necromancer books!
Friends since their orphanage childhood, Joel “Ridge” Breckinridge and Garrett “Rett” Kennard rose through the ranks of the Landrian army together, from teenaged conscripts to seasoned fighters. Together, they became the most feared team of assassins in Landria, surviving longer that most in their profession by virtue of excellent fighting skills, legendary bravado, peerless strategy, and an uncanny synchronicity. Henri, their long-suffering squire, tends to the thankless jobs of provisioning and logistics, while Ridge and Rett fight and recover.
When wandering mystic Yefim Makary becomes the darling of disenchanted aristocrats, Rett and Ridge fear Makary – or the Witch Lord, as his followers call him – is a threat to the crown. As treasonous whispers spread, Ridge and Rett go rogue to stop the threat, save the kingdom, and protect the king – while landing on the “Most Wanted” list themselves!
Gail Z. Martin writes urban fantasy, epic fantasy and steampunk for Solaris Books, Orbit Books, Falstaff Books, SOL Publishing and Darkwind Press. Urban fantasy series include Deadly Curiosities and the Night Vigil (Sons of Darkness). Epic fantasy series include Darkhurst, the Chronicles Of The Necromancer, the Fallen Kings Cycle, the Ascendant Kingdoms Saga, and the Assassins of Landria. Together with Larry N. Martin, she is the co-author of Iron & Blood, Storm & Fury (both Steampunk/alternate history), and the Spells Salt and Steel comedic horror series. Newest titles include Tangled Web, Vengeance, The Dark Road, and Assassin’s Honor. As Morgan Brice, she writes urban fantasy MM paranormal romance, with her Witchbane and Badlands series.
It was very enjoyable for the most part. I really enjoyed the main characters Rett and Ridge. They brought a lot of fun to the table. Both were weird in their own ways and helped progress the story. Although I could have done with more interaction between the two and storybuilding from their pasts. Overall the feel to the novel is something fun and exciting and the pacing works well with this. I give it a 4.5/5 stars.
Narration wise it really sold the story to me. Roukin does an amazing job with these characters and I hope these two work together in the future! His voice acting is what really made the story for me so I would have to give it a 5/5 stars.
I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Gail Z. Martin. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.
Top 10 Reasons to Listen to this Book
- This is buddy-flick epic fantasy. Plenty of humor and explosions!
- You can listen to Assassin’s Honor without needing to take a cross-country road trip to hear the whole thing!
- You won’t forget the beginning of the book by the time you get to the end.
- All of the epic feels and excitement without the epic length.
- Danger, intrigue, magic and betrayal and no distracting, complicated side plots.
- You don’t need a spreadsheet to keep track of all the characters.
- You can enjoy a complete epic fantasy in the time it takes to binge-watch for a couple of evenings on Netflix
- Engaging heroes you can root for, and bad guys you’ll love to hate.
- Snarky assassins who break all the rules to get the job done.
- Fast-paced, exciting fantasy, plenty of magic, and memorable characters!
- Joel ‘Ridge’ Breckenridge—Liam Hemsworth
- Garrett ‘Rett’ Kinnard—Hale Appleman
- Henri—Richard Speight, Jr.
- Burke—Mark Sheppard
Ridge—He’s the older and taller of the two, and met Rett at the orphanage where they were both taken as children. He has vague memories of his family, who died from fever. Ridge stepped in to even the odds in a playground fight when Rett was outnumbered, and the two men have been best friends, close as brothers, ever since. Ridge was conscripted into the military two years ahead of Rett. When his partner was killed in action saving the king’s life, the king offered Ridge anything he wanted. Ridge asked for Rett as his new partner. They rose through the ranks quickly to become assassins, and their penchant for taking crazy risks and making it work has made them the most successful assassins in the King’s Shadows.
Rett—He’s younger and shorter than Ridge, but quick and a good shot. Rett doesn’t remember his family, and got by on the street being a thief and pickpocket until the monks caught him and brought him to the orphanage, where he met Ridge. Ridge taught him to read, and Rett taught Ridge to pick locks. Both Ridge and Rett have the Sight—the psychic ability to see whether a person has sold their soul to a dark mage. Rett also has visions, premonitions of what might happen. They keep their magic a secret, because only the priests are supposed to have those abilities.
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