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Official Review: The Kings' Assassin by Ed Cannon

Post by greenstripedgiraffe » 29 Oct 2018, 11:55

[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "The Kings' Assassin" by Ed Cannon.]
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When a royal family is betrayed, it is time to look without and within for the traitor(s). When not even the gods will tell the true tale, who can the heir trust? The King's Assassin by Ed Cannon is a story of secrets within secrets. Sillik, the youngest prince of Illicia receives a dire message sent on the wings of magic. Immediate aid is commanded, but when Sillik arrives home, he finds his father and brothers dead. All were assassinated. All suffered greatly. The entire city of Illicia is filled with palpable fear and uncertainty. Sillik must quickly enlist those he trusts as personal counselors.

To further complicate matters, it becomes known that Illicia, as well as the surrounding cities with their trade routes had all been resting on a delicate balance of powers. Now that this balance has been upset by rumors, shadows, deaths, and traitors, it is up to Illicia's new Crown Prince to restore peace to the entire world. If he is to survive, Sillik must endure traps designed to kill, discover the meaning of clues left by his father, and embark on a perilous quest. Whose advice should he follow? The only sure thing left in his mind are the seven gods by whom Illicia was founded and the seven laws of magic that he has mastered. However, it quickly becomes apparent that the nine dark gods have gathered followers, and the welfare of the entire world is at stake. Can Sillik survive attacks by warriors, magicians, and dragons?

I found The King's Assassin to be a compelling read that drew me in and quickly became difficult to put down. As main character, Sillik is a study in contrast between humility and confidence; a righter of wrongs who does not seek his own glory. His oldest friend, Briana, was once an estranged lover, but is now Sillik's closest friend and adviser. All characters, both major and minor have an important part to play. Even though fantasy items such as gods and laws of magic are integral to the story, the characters were all completely believable and relatable. I found myself "living" in the fantasy world and feeling somewhat of a withdrawal when I read the last word on the last page.

Nearly everyone in the book has at least one secret from at least one other person. I am in awe at how the author designed all of this to fit so neatly together without running into major plot issues. I enjoyed the pace and "just right" unfolding of the story. I loved that as one truth was uncovered, another mystery or two arose that needed to be solved. The author succeeded in keeping my attention this way throughout the entire book. My only sadness was that while most secrets were made plain, the book ended with a major cliffhanger. I hope the next book is made available soon.

Thankfully, this story was overall well-edited. I found a few scattered errors, mostly items such as "you" instead of "your." This did not hinder my enjoyment of the book or stop the flow. I also liked that the author kept the book "clean." There were many opportunities for characters to indulge in adult-only scenes, but the author left any such details to the reader's imagination. Because this book has so many positive qualities, I am glad to rate it 4 out of 4 stars.

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Post by Hiruni Bhagya 81 » 30 Oct 2018, 00:13

Thanks for the great review. I'm really interested in this book. Usually, I don't like to read books ending with a cliffhanger, but it seems I have to make an exception in this case.

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Post by Caylie_Cat » 30 Oct 2018, 01:36

Thanks for this compelling review that has stirred my interest in this book. I love books that take you away from from everyday life and let you live briefly in a new world with interesting people and events.

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Post by gen_g » 30 Oct 2018, 02:00

I too recently reviewed this book. I agree with you that it was an enjoyable read, although I personally thought that Cannon could improve on other aspects. Thanks for the review, and do let me know what you think!

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Post by Debjani Ghosh » 30 Oct 2018, 02:06

This has all the elements to make a great fantasy novel. I am glad to know that the grammatical errors did not detract from your reading experience. Good review!

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Post by kandscreeley » 30 Oct 2018, 10:32

A book where just about everyone has secrets? I love that this one snags you from the start; that's my kind of book. It sounds interesting, though I'm not usually into fantasy as much. I think I'm still going to have to try this one. After all, you make it sound so intriguing! Thanks!
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Post by greenstripedgiraffe » 30 Oct 2018, 11:11

kandscreeley wrote:
30 Oct 2018, 10:32
A book where just about everyone has secrets? I love that this one snags you from the start; that's my kind of book. It sounds interesting, though I'm not usually into fantasy as much. I think I'm still going to have to try this one. After all, you make it sound so intriguing! Thanks!
;) This book was a very welcome read after the last one or two I picked up :roll: I hope you like it as much as I did :)
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Post by wendos » 30 Oct 2018, 11:38

My interest is already piqued on reading the review. The book sounds interesting and would love to have a look at it.

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Post by T_stone » 30 Oct 2018, 19:22

The title of this book alone is catchy. However, I don't really like books that have a cliffhanger end but the plot is great, and that has piqued my interest in reading this book. This is a great review. Thanks.
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Post by greenstripedgiraffe » 31 Oct 2018, 07:14

gen_g wrote:
30 Oct 2018, 02:00
I too recently reviewed this book. I agree with you that it was an enjoyable read, although I personally thought that Cannon could improve on other aspects. Thanks for the review, and do let me know what you think!
Hey! Thanks for your thoughts! I think you did a great job in your review. :tiphat: I personally liked the hint of romance. To me, it felt natural, as though throughout all of time the two were waiting for each other. Of course, the girl had already known of Sillik, although he had not known of her. I didn't really see it as sudden, as there were clues dropped as soon as they officially met. I also appreciated that the relationship was a sub plot, not really allowed to be a major detractor to the rest of the story. I could give more reasons that I thought it worked, but I don't want to be all nerdy :lol: :roll: :oops:
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Post by JHuschle519 » 31 Oct 2018, 08:03

This book sounds quite interesting. I love the idea of the good and evil gods being at odds with each other. I don't know how I feel about the cliffhanger ending, but that's not always a deal breaker for me. Thanks for the great review.

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Post by gen_g » 31 Oct 2018, 08:04

greenstripedgiraffe wrote:
31 Oct 2018, 07:14
gen_g wrote:
30 Oct 2018, 02:00
I too recently reviewed this book. I agree with you that it was an enjoyable read, although I personally thought that Cannon could improve on other aspects. Thanks for the review, and do let me know what you think!
Hey! Thanks for your thoughts! I think you did a great job in your review. :tiphat: I personally liked the hint of romance. To me, it felt natural, as though throughout all of time the two were waiting for each other. Of course, the girl had already known of Sillik, although he had not known of her. I didn't really see it as sudden, as there were clues dropped as soon as they officially met. I also appreciated that the relationship was a sub plot, not really allowed to be a major detractor to the rest of the story. I could give more reasons that I thought it worked, but I don't want to be all nerdy :lol: :roll: :oops:
Haha! :D Indeed, there were clues dropped in the book, but I suppose what I wanted to get across was that I wished that Cannon allowed us to see more of their interaction throughout the book instead of those hints, since by the end it became quite serious, didn't it? It's ok, I think all of us are partly nerds anyway, since we're all reviewing books for our own pleasure. :lol: (I say "nerd" with a positive connotation, of course!) Thanks for leaving a comment!

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Post by greenstripedgiraffe » 31 Oct 2018, 09:23

gen_g wrote:
31 Oct 2018, 08:04
Haha! :D Indeed, there were clues dropped in the book, but I suppose what I wanted to get across was that I wished that Cannon allowed us to see more of their interaction throughout the book instead of those hints, since by the end it became quite serious, didn't it? It's ok, I think all of us are partly nerds anyway, since we're all reviewing books for our own pleasure. :lol: (I say "nerd" with a positive connotation, of course!) Thanks for leaving a comment!
Fair enough :D
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Post by Sara Kay » 07 Nov 2018, 10:47

You've got me intrigued! This is such a good review and I like how you included just enough detail to lure us into the story without giving anything away. I also appreciate your honesty about the small flaws. It's good to know what you're wading into when it comes to grammar! Those issues might not worry me nearly as much as the cliffhanger, though. Do you know if there is a sequel planned?

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Post by greenstripedgiraffe » 07 Nov 2018, 12:51

Sara Kay wrote:
07 Nov 2018, 10:47
You've got me intrigued! This is such a good review and I like how you included just enough detail to lure us into the story without giving anything away. I also appreciate your honesty about the small flaws. It's good to know what you're wading into when it comes to grammar! Those issues might not worry me nearly as much as the cliffhanger, though. Do you know if there is a sequel planned?
thanks :) :oops: There is a sequel planned, best I could tell. The King's Death or something like that. I don't know when it is scheduled to be available.
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