Reading roundup 13/02/19

Last week I was a voracious reader! This week I have been the opposite. Well, I have finished one book and have started another. Yes, I have been binge watching The Expanse TV series on Amazon Prime…

King of Assassins by R J Barker

King of Assassins by R J Barker

I did complete The Wounded Kingdom series by R J Barker. The final book – King of Assassins – was simply amazing. This is the blurb:


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.

I have been lucky enough to pick out some fantastic book series over the past year or so: The Expanse by James S A Corey, Red Rising by Pierce Brown and this ⬆️ are my stand out favourites. They have all been so good that I have found it very difficult to express my responses when writing reviews. Giving away too much of the plots would really spoil these wonderful books for you. Please, if you are fans of Science Fiction and/or Fantasy, give them a go. Anyway, here is my attempt at reviewing King of Assassins (and, yes, I gave it the full five stars and added it to my favourites on Goodreads):

This is now one of my most favourite series of all time! Yes, these books are that good. The characters grow and develop throughout the series. No-one is perfect. They all make mistakes and stumble. There are incredibly dark moments in a very exciting plot and I simply couldn’t stop reading once I had picked one of these books up.

This third episode may even be the best. Barker’s writing is stunning and I cannot wait until he publishes his next book. There are so many shades of light and dark in his work; tragedy and pathos; twists and turns; the anticipated that develops into the unexpected. Highly recommended.

Please read other reviews on Goodreads – most are far more articulate than mine!

Shiang by C F Iggulden

Shiang by C F Iggulden

After finishing these wonderful books I turned to an ebook, Shiang by C F Iggulden (#02 Empire of Salt), that had appeared in my account (it had been on reserve for a while). I haven’t finished it yet, so will write about it next week, all being well.

Until then, Happy Reading to you all.

Best wishes,


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