Venice is at the height of its power. In theory Duke Marco commands. But Marco is a simpleton so his aunt and uncle rule in his stead. They command the seas, tax the colonies, and, like those in power before them, fear assassins better than their own.
In a side chapel, Marco’s fifteen-year old cousin prays for deliverance from her forced marriage. It is her bad fortune to be there when Mamluk pirates break in to steal a chalice, but it is the Mamluks’ good luck – they kidnap her.
In the gardens beside the chapel, Atilo, the Duke’s chief assassin, prepares to kill his latest victim. Having cut the man’s throat, he turns back, having heard a noise, and finds a boy crouched over the dying man, drinking blood from the wound. The speed with which the boy dodges a dagger and scales a wall stuns Atilo. And the assassin knows he has to find the boy.
Not to kill him, but because he’s finally found what he thought he would never find. Someone fit to be his apprentice.
You know I've read a few reviews on this one now and I'm kind of getting the same feel about it. It's a good book but just not, I'm not sure what the word is – maybe just short on a few things.
Thank you for the review. I have it on my want list, and I'm really curious about it now.
You are most welcome! Thanks for the comment.
Thanks for the review 🙂 I was interested in the premise of the Fallen Blade, but even though I'm a fan of alternative history (especially Italy – damn you Assassin's Creed 2!) it's not as 'must have' as I thought it was.
I just started reading this one the other day, hooked too because of the blurb on NetGalley. I really hope it lives up to some of the hype I've seen and heard regarding it. But even it only turns out to be 3/5 by my personal standards, that's still not a bad novel; fingers crossed!
I'm about a third of the way through – pretty much the same comments, but, on the whole, much more positive about it. I like the setting a lot and, despite not liking alt history or vampires very much, I'm getting really into it… Mr. Grimwood ain't dumb, and the way things keep twisting makes me happy. (When I can keep track of all the characters)