Assassins of Landria #1
Publisher: Worldbuilders Press
Characters: Ridge, Rett
Genre: Fantasy, Series
Friends since their orphanage childhood, Joel “Ridge” Breckinridge and Garrett “Rett” Kennard rose through the ranks of the Landrian army together, from teenaged conscripts to seasoned fighters. Together, they became the most feared team of assassins in Landria, surviving longer that most in their profession by virtue of excellent fighting skills, legendary bravado, peerless strategy, and an uncanny synchronicity. Henri, their long-suffering squire, tends to the thankless jobs of provisioning and logistics, while Ridge and Rett fight and recover.
When wandering mystic Yefim Makary becomes the darling of disenchanted aristocrats, Rett and Ridge fear Makary—or the Witch Lord, as his followers call him—is a threat to the crown. As treasonous whispers spread, Ridge and Rett go rogue to stop the threat, save the kingdom and protect the king—while landing on the “Most Wanted” list themselves!
This is another series by this author that I’ll need to keep reading! I loved the characters in this story. Rett and Ridge, while both king’s assassins, have different personalities with Rett being more cautious and Ridge willing to take risks, so they complement each other, and work together well. I also liked Henri, their valet, and would love to learn more about him. He’s a lot more than he appears. Loretta is an interesting character too, and I hope we see more of her in future books.
The world building is fabulous, and I felt as though I was reading about a land with a rich history. I loved the descriptions of the settings. They were very easy to visualise.
I liked the way psi powers are used in the story, and the way both Rett and Ridge have ‘the sight’ and can see the Witch Lord’s touch on others, yet need to hide this ability as magic is forbidden. I liked the reasoning behind why assassins are forbidden to use magic as it makes a lot of sense that it risks them becoming too powerful. I really liked that Rett’s extra power came with consequences to himself when he uses it. The scene where Rett uses his abilities to help rescue Loretta is edge-of-seat reading, and I loved the way the ghosts help out.
The Witch Lord himself is a formidable opponent, and a thoroughly nasty individual. Using others to further his power, and who those others are (trying to avoid spoilers) is a sign of true evil. I thought it was realistic that others have been sucked in by his promises of power, and I’m looking forward to the rest of the series, especially as Rett and Ridge add to their team. I thought it was very realistic that Rett and Ridge don’t know who they are trust, and loved that this story arc is only just beginning.
I’d recommend Assassins Honor to readers who enjoy fantasy with a good dollop of adventure, likeable characters with fabulous banter, a story that keeps you turning pages, and a villain who is not easily stopped. More please. 5 out of 5 stars.