4 out of 4 stars
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The Kings’ Assassin, by Ed Cannon, is the first book of The Illician Chronicles series. Categorized as a fantasy book, the book centers around Sillik and his journey to find those responsible for his father’s (the King of Illicia) death.
When Sillik is telepathically summoned by his father to come home, he wonders what has happened and how much has changed in Illicia since he hasn’t seen his home town in a couple of years. On what was supposed to be a day of celebration in Illicia, Sillik notices the somber attitude of the Illician people as he makes his way through the city of Illicia. Once he reaches home, he is saddened to find out that his father and brothers were brutally assassinated. So much has changed in the city of Illicia, but he is determined to find those responsible for the killings of his father and brothers. After multiple attempts on Sillik’s life, Sillik knows he has to take action or risk losing his city.
I think the author did a wonderful job of introducing the characters and background info without giving too much at once. The scenes were vividly described, and I could easily visualize the scenes due to the author’s descriptions. I thought that the plot was intricate and had a few twists and turns. I also thought that the narrative was well written and easy to read. Since this is the first book of the series, the ending left a few questions unanswered, but it tied up nicely.
What I liked the most about this book was the characters. The author brought each character to life with their varied and unique personalities that showed through their interaction with one another. I thought Sillik’s character was very likable, and he was portrayed as someone who is powerful since he is a master of the seven laws of magic and a warrior. I also like how the women, like Briana and Renee, were portrayed as being just as strong and skillful, if not more, as the men.
While a lot of characters were introduced at first, I did not have a hard time keeping up with the names of the characters. I also thought it was helpful that the author included a map, a list of the seven laws, and a lineage of some of the past kings of Illicia. In all, there was nothing that I disliked about the book.
Overall, I rate this book 4 out of 4 stars. I throughly enjoyed reading this book because of the vivid scenes and the interesting characters. This book was also refreshingly clear of any grammatical errors or spelling mistakes. I would recommend this book to readers who like fantastic books filled with action and adventure.
The Kings' Assassin
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