Friday Firsts: Master Assassins by Robert VS Redick


Friday Firsts is a new meme that runs every Friday over on Tenacious Reader. The idea is to feature the first few sentences/paragraphs of your current book and try and outline your first impressions as a result. This is a quick and easy way to share a snippet of information about your current read and to perhaps tempt others.   This Friday I’m reading :  Master Assassins by Robert VS Redick

masterA‘By the third day the rumor can no longer be contained.  It is whispered in the black tents, shared like smokes among the men on patrol, murmured in the drill yard before the bellowed morning prayer.  It is weird and horrific and yet a curse no one can fail to understand.  Someone’s mind has been stolen, and the thief still walks the camp.

The signs are innumerable.  The Master of Horses finds two stallions lamed overnight.  An armory clerk displays a broadsword twisted into a spiral like a blade of grass.  A cook discovers worms thick as men’s fingers writhing in the belly of a well-roasted boar.  And the Prophet’s eldest son has a toothache.

These calamities, and others shared over dawn biscuits or evening rubbish-fires or blazing midday marches, point to a single conclusion.  The camp is under attack, and the assailant can only be a yatra, a spirit-thief, which as everyone knows can work dark magic from within its victim’s pilfered soul.


My First Impressions

Oh my, colour me intrigued.  Superstitions running amok in an army camp.  Can’t wait to sink my teeth properly into this one – I’ve heard very good things about this book and I will admit my expectations are running high.  I already like the writing style so this bodes well.

What you reading this Friday??  What are your first impressions??

*The above excerpt was taken from an advanced reader copy and it is possible that the final version may have further changes.

6 Responses to “Friday Firsts: Master Assassins by Robert VS Redick”

  1. maddalena@spaceandsorcery

    The premise is indeed intriguing, but the word “assassin” in a title is a much more powerful magnet for me! 🙂

  2. sjhigbee

    I like the opening – and that cover is superb! I hope you enjoy this one…

  3. Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    I’m actually glad you featured this, as it reminded me that I had downloaded a review copy as well. Redick wowed me with the first book of his Chatrand Voyage series, so I’m curious to see how he’ll do with an assassin fantasy!

    • @lynnsbooks

      Well, it’s really got into it’s stride. I’m about 40% in and it’s great so far.
      Lynn 😀

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