King of Assassins

  • Author RJ Barker
  • Narrator Joe Jameson
  • Publisher Little, Brown Book Group
  • Run Time 17 hours and 18 minutes
  • Format Audio
  • Genre Fantasy.

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What to expect

***Look out for The Bone Ships, the start of a new series by RJ Barker!***

‘Reveals its mysteries with the style of a magic show and the artful grace of a gifted storyteller’ Nicholas Eames, author of Kings of the Wyld

THE KING IS DEAD, LONG LIVE THE KING . . .

Many years of peace have passed in Maniyadoc, years of relative calm for the assassin Girton Club-Foot. Even the Forgetting Plague, which ravaged the rest of the kingdoms, seemed to pass them by. But now Rufra ap Vthyr eyes the vacant High-King’s throne and will take his court to the capital, a rat’s nest of intrigue and murder, where every enemy he has ever made will gather and the endgame of twenty years of politics and murder will be played out in his bid to become the King of all Kings.

Friends become enemies, enemies become friends and the god of death, Xus the Unseen, stands closer than ever – casting his shadow over everything most dear to Girton.

Praise for this trilogy

‘Outstanding . . . Kept me reading well into the early hours of the morning’
James Islington, author of The Shadow of What Was Lost

‘Dead gods, dread magic, and a lead that feels like a breath of fresh air. Great fun’
Peter Newman, author of The Vagrant

‘Readers will appreciate Barker’s complex mythology and smoothly flowing plot’
Publishers Weekly

‘Riddled with intrigue and dangerous magic, this is a hugely enjoyable debut’
Jennifer Williams, author of The Copper Promise

‘A dark-humoured game of cat and mouse between assassins, with traitors on all sides’
David Dalglish, author of the Shadowdance series

The Wounded Kingdom trilogy begins with AGE OF ASSASSINS, continues with BLOOD OF ASSASSINS and concludes with KING OF ASSASSINS.

Critics Review

  • Simply unputdownable . . . the perfect mix of fantasy and mystery

    FANTASY BOOK REVIEW
  • Often poignant and always intriguing, Age of Assassins reveals its mysteries with the style of a magic show and the artful grace of a gifted storyteller

    Nicholas Eames, author of KINGS OF THE WYLD
  • With an original, immersive world that wouldn’t let me go and a pair of assassins worth rooting for, Age of Assassins is a pleasure to read. I can’t wait for more!

    Melissa Caruso, author of THE TETHERED MAGE
  • Outstanding. Beautifully written, perfectly paced and assured. Kept me reading well into the early hours of the morning. A wonderful first book – a wonderful book, period – that should be at the very top of your to-read list

    James Islington, author of THE SHADOW OF WHAT WAS LOST
  • A dark-humoured game of cat and mouse between assassins, with traitors on all sides

    David Dalglish, author of the Shadowdance series
  • Dead gods, dread magic and a lead that feels like a breath of fresh air. Great fun

    Peter Newman, author of THE VAGRANT

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