As I paused before taking another drink, Jerik spun around to drop a beer in front of the smuggler sitting three stools to my right. Most of the time, he pretends to be nothing more than light would make him, a darkened copy of my own human form. Basically I take what I need in the history of the first two and apply it where needed and forget the rest and I really enjoyed it. Aral was pretty mad, and got even madder. The characters, world, and capers continue to entertain and I have been well and truly hooked. This review is for the series I'm done with the first 3 books at this time. Book three of six and a good continuation from the fallen blade series.
Memorable lines: Is it possible to go back to certainty? This time, we learn that there's at least two more Blades holy assassins, like Aral out there -- and a few trainees at various stages of development. But Aral has a new life now, with a fresh identity and new responsibilities. He retired from the business after the gryphon he ultimately named his bar for ate about half of his scalp and one of his eyes. However, I'd have to say that overall the good far outweighs the bad. And while he isn't keen on letting the past back in, the former assassin soon finds himself involved in a war that will leave him with no way out and no idea who to trust.
She would have had to hide someplace she could blend in, and someplace close enough that she could have reached Tien in four weeks or less. It's been a year since the Durkoth incident, where a young Blade had stolen a powerful artifact, leading to the brink of war. Where the hell did she go? That should have made it easier for me to pass through the crowds, as people who would normally have wanted a piece of my time ignored me. That way, replied Triss, unobtrusively nudging my right foot. Cat vest crumpled up on the lap before being worn. There are some returning characters but mostly its new characters. At a hair under five feet, Jax stood a head shorter than the average citizen of Tien.
I think he had a believable and interesting set of problems, although he seemed whiny at times. That combination was the perfect preparation for his current career as author and cat herder. On the other hand, I'm not convinced they're good books. There was so much in this story and so many characters I am interested to learn more about. But, it was still fun to read and I will read the next book when it comes out for sure. Jerik just grunted and pointed me toward an empty seat at the end of the bar when I called out my order for whiskey and a bowl of fried noodles topped with shredded whatever-happened-to-fall-off-the-back-of-the-cart-today.
The sun slanting in through the open windows of the tavern was still hot, but the first touch of evening had started to steal the worst fire of its bite. My guess would be she got into one of those. Loving the whole Fallen Blade series! One of those, almost certainly. The fifth of Firstgrain, one week in the future. Crossed Blades shows us what looks like a turning point for Aral Kingslayer. .
Clever, just a location, the time, and a date no one but I would know. Does the electronic version of the book completely replace the paper version? His relationship with his shadow familiar, Triss, is well imagined and substantiated. The story has got me hooked. At the moment it was hard even to see the filth beneath the swirling mass of people that filled the street. There was no imprint in the wax and no name on the outside of the letter, but magesight revealed the faintest glow of magic on the seal. And yeah, while a lot of this book was about Aral getting some payback, a most of it was exploring Aral's character plenty of time spent with his apprentice and former flame, too and how he's coping with all he's learning, his struggles with the bottle, and what's going to be next for him and his new face. While there is more of the repetition of themes that stood out a bit too much in the second book, it's tempered by new settings and an expansion of scope that puts the familiar into a new context.
It's been a year since the Durkoth incident, where a young Blade had stolen a powerful artifact, leading to the brink of war. The main character, Aral Kingslayer, is surprisingly well developed and complex, and has continued to evolve throughout the series in a believable and interesting way. Although Crossed Blades does start out with the usual woman-comes-to-Aral-for-help scenario that grew so tiring in the first two books, Jax is complex enough that she doesn't stray as dangerously close to damsel-in-distress territory as the others did--and Faran couldn't be a damsel if she tried. As if that wasn't enough, Jax, Aral's old flame, is in town, and she needs his help to save a group of Blades who are being held by the Elite. Aven perhaps, or back home in Dalridia or the mountains of the Magelands. Even then, caution must come before trust.
Crossed Blades takes the pair out of their kingdom and into other parts of their world. What's lacking in polished prose is more than made up for with pag Every time I finish a Fallen Blade book, I feel a little torn. The story line is solid enough, though I wish there were more background offered up front. Jax claims that the forces that destroyed everything Aral on For six years, former temple assassin Aral Kingslayer has been living as a jack of the shadow trades, picking up odd jobs on the wrong side of the law. This time he has two badass woman co-stars, and discovers that his main challenge comes from his revered former teacher loyalty issues, to go along with the drinking issues, etc! I wanted to go to her, to take her in my arms and tell her who I was and how very happy it made me to see her alive. Now, Aral and Triss have their hands full with teenage Faran and her equally temperamental Shade.