The Fallen Blade: Act One of the Assassini by Jon Courtenay Grimwood

The Fallen Blade: Act One of the Assassini

byJon Courtenay Grimwood

Kobo ebook | January 27, 2011

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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.
Title:The Fallen Blade: Act One of the AssassiniFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:January 27, 2011Publisher:OrbitLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0316123390

ISBN - 13:9780316123396

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Rated 2 out of 5 by from Fallen blade Started off good then slowly started to get cheesy. Near the end I had to force myself to finish reading so I could start a new book and be done with it. I don't think I'll read the sequels.
Date published: 2015-04-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from awesome Bought this back in march and was flippen awesome to read
Date published: 2013-12-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A novel of political intrigue and assassination. Pros: political intrigue, gritty realism, great setting, lots of plot twists, gorgeous cover Cons: so much is happening I didn't get to connect with any of the characters as much as I'd have liked It's Venice, 1407. Marco IV, 'the simpleton', is Duke in name only. His mother, Duchess Alexa, co-rules with her hated brother-in-law, the Regent, Prince Alonzo. One thing they agree on is the upcoming wedding of their niece Giulietta di Millioni to King James of Cyprus. But Lady Giulietta is 15 and unwilling to wed. And Alonzo has sinister reasons for agreeing to the nuptials. Meanwhile, the numbers of Venice's royal assassins have dwindled. Their head, Atilo il Mauros, needs an heir and fins potential in a chance meeting with a pale faced, silver haired young man. A young man named Tycho, who was freed by chance from a special prison aboard a Mamluk ship. The plot changes focus frequently, dealing with the politics of Alexa vs Alonzo, Atilo and his new apprentice, Giulietta and others. In this book alone are: werewolves, a vampire, a stregoi, several fights (including a naval battle), unrequited love, frustrated love and true love. Many people die. The Venice of the story is gritty, dirty and dark. The underside is better detailed than the palace scenes, which are brutal in their own fashion. While going back to the origins of his creatures (Tycho can't abide sunlight or cross water comfortably), he still makes them unique. The one downside to the book is that scenes change so fast you can't really connect with the characters. On the other hand, this makes it easier to move on when principle characters start dying. A fantastic novel.
Date published: 2011-01-18