I read RJ Barker's The Bone Ships the other day (review scheduled for Sept. 2) and knew it would be probably another year before the next in the series came out.
So I ordered Age of Assassins, the first in Barker's Wounded Kingdom trilogy.
Age of Assassins is a fantasy, a sort-of murder mystery, and a political conspiracy. The world-building is typical of medieval fantasy and isn't as innovative as that of The Bone Ships--not that I mind the comfort of a familiar trope or two.
Fifteen-year-old Girton Club-foot is an apprentice to Merela Karn, legendary assassin. Merela has been summoned by the queen of Maniyadoc for an unusual mission, not an assassination. The queen fears an assassin has been hired to kill her son, heir to the throne, and she tasks Merela and Girton to uncover the person who hired the assassin. "To catch an assassin, use an assassin."
Merela, who knows the queen, is reluctant--but the two have a past history and she has no choice but to accept the mission. Aware of the dangers, Merela offers Girton the opportunity to leave. Girton, however, has been with Merela since he was six years old and is fully committed to Merela. In order to mingle with those in the castle for their investigation, Girton, a skilled swordsman, becomes a clumsy squire, and Merela uses the cover of Death's Jester.
Age of Assassins was RJ Barker's debut novel, but the skill level puts him among the best.
Fantasy/Intrigue. 2017. Print length: 432 pages.
What else do I do besides reading? Mail art, gardening, craft stuff, trying to get at least 10,000 steps a day. And the normal chores of laundry, etc. when I feel like it. :)