The Fallen Blade: Act One Of The Assassini

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The Fallen Blade: Act One Of The Assassini

by J Grimwood

Orbit | December 28, 2012 | Trade Paperback

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In the depths of night, customs officers board a galley in a harbor and overpower its guards. In the hold they find oil and silver, and a naked boy chained to the bulkhead. Stunningly beautiful but half-starved, the boy has no name. The officers break the boy''s chains to rescue him, but he escapes.

Venice is at the height of its power. Duke Marco commands the seas, taxes his colonies, and, like every duke before him, fears assassins better than his own. In a side chapel, Marco''s thirteen-year old cousin prays for deliverance from her forced marriage. It is her bad fortune to be there when Moorish pirates break in to steal a chalice, but it is the Moors'' good fortune - they kidnap her and demand ransom from the Duke.

As day dawns, Atilo, the Duke''s chief assassin, prepares to kill the man who let in the pirates. Having cut the traitor''s throat, he turns back, having heard a noise, and finds a stranger crouched over the dying man, drinking blood from the wound. The speed with which the boy dodges a dagger and scales a pillar stuns Atilo. And the assassin knows he has to find the boy. Not to kill him though - because he''s finally found what he thought he would never find.

Someone fit to be his apprentice.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 464 pages, 3.35 × 2.17 × 0.49 in

Published: December 28, 2012

Publisher: Orbit

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 031607439X

ISBN - 13: 9780316074391

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The Fallen Blade: Act One Of The Assassini

by J Grimwood

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 464 pages, 3.35 × 2.17 × 0.49 in

Published: December 28, 2012

Publisher: Orbit

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 031607439X

ISBN - 13: 9780316074391

About the Book

Venice, 1407. The city is at the height of its powers. In theory, Duke Marco commands, but Marco is a simpleton so his aunt and uncle rule in his stead. They seem all powerful, yet live in fear of assassins better than their own. On the night their world changes, Marco's young cousin prays in the family chapel for deliverance from a forced marriage. It is her misfortune to be alone when Mamluk pirates break in to abduct her--an act that will ultimately trigger war. Elsewhere Atilo, the Duke's chief assassin, cuts a man's throat. Hearing a noise, he turns back to find a boy drinking from the victim's wound. The speed with which the angel-faced boy dodges his dagger and scales a wall stuns Atilo. He knows then he must hunt him. Not to kill him, but because he's finally found what he thought was impossible--someone fit to be his apprentice.

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In the depths of night, customs officers board a galley in a harbor and overpower its guards. In the hold they find oil and silver, and a naked boy chained to the bulkhead. Stunningly beautiful but half-starved, the boy has no name. The officers break the boy''s chains to rescue him, but he escapes.

Venice is at the height of its power. Duke Marco commands the seas, taxes his colonies, and, like every duke before him, fears assassins better than his own. In a side chapel, Marco''s thirteen-year old cousin prays for deliverance from her forced marriage. It is her bad fortune to be there when Moorish pirates break in to steal a chalice, but it is the Moors'' good fortune - they kidnap her and demand ransom from the Duke.

As day dawns, Atilo, the Duke''s chief assassin, prepares to kill the man who let in the pirates. Having cut the traitor''s throat, he turns back, having heard a noise, and finds a stranger crouched over the dying man, drinking blood from the wound. The speed with which the boy dodges a dagger and scales a pillar stuns Atilo. And the assassin knows he has to find the boy. Not to kill him though - because he''s finally found what he thought he would never find.

Someone fit to be his apprentice.

About the Author

Jon Courtenay Grimwood was born in Malta and christened in the upturned bell of a ship. He grew up in the Far East, Britain and Scandinavia. Apart from writing novels he works for magazines and newspapers. For five years he wrote a monthly review column for The Guardian.

JCG''s novels Felaheen and End of the World Blues, won the BSFA Award for Best Novel. He has been shortlisted twice for the Arthur C. Clarke Award, and shortlisted for the British Fantasy Award, the August Derleth Award (UK), John W Campbell Memorial Award (US), among other awards.

He is married to the journalist and novelist Sam Baker, currently editor-in-chief of Red. They divide their time between London and Winchester.
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