There is a recurring theme of child abuse and kidnapping, and other than a brief scene at the start of the novel that shows the after-effects of the abuse there is no explicit details. There is no sexual abuse.
As this is a book about assassins there is a lot of violence. I wouldn’t say it is overly gory, it could easily be much more so, but there is a lot of death and in various ways. There is also drug use, specifically opium and laudanum, and using these drugs to control others against their will.
I’ve been trying to get my hands on another Gail Z. Martin book ever since I finished the last book in the Chronicles of the Necromancer series, so when I found Assassin’s Honor on Kindle Unlimited it was the first book I read on my one month trial. I’m going to put it straight out there; it’s no Chronicles of the Necromancer – but that’s not to say it’s not good. As always Gail Z. Martin weaves a fantastic tale and considering how awesome Jonmarc was in that series, how could I not read an entire series dedicated to assassins?
We’re in a different land, however, there’s still hallmarks of Martin’s writing that fans of Chronicles of the Necromancer will recognise in this new series. Cocky but lovable rogues who don’t mean to get into trouble yet undoubtedly do, yet have a heart of gold and there’s magic linked to spirits again. Not anywhere near as complex as in the other series, but it’s clearly something that interests Martin.
Unlike Chronicles of the Necromancer and her other fantasy series The Ascendant Kingdoms (both 500+ pages), Martin purposefully wrote this new series to be a lot shorter (203 pages). There’s a note at the end of the book explaining that this is a fast-paced fantasy adventure for people who don’t want to hurt their wrists while reading. Personally, I love a good fantasy epic and I think the faster pace is where this book loses that little bit of magic that would make it as great as Chronicles of the Necromancer for me. It’s certainly got the chops to me as good, and the characters are fantastic. If you don’t fall in love with their squire then I’ll be shocked.
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