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 are some references to kidnapping and that’s about it.
Book two of the Assassins of Landria series continues the adventures of Ridge and Rett, King’s Shadows, official assassins for the King of Landria. Having gotten in over their heads in previously, they ended up saving the day and the King, all while breaking several rules along the way. While the King is happy to be alive the commander of the assassins, Burke, passes on the ruler’s displeasure at them doing so by way of stepping on so many of his rules. It’s not just the King who’s not happy with them; they’ve never been popular with their fellow Shadows, even more so now who see them as getting special treatment and after foiling the Witch Lord’s plans they’ve undoubtedly put a target on their backs there too.
Neither assassin is thrilled when Burke starts sending them on random assignments that seem beneath their skills, especially when the Witch Lord has done a disappearing act and they’re eager to sniff him and his supporters out. It becomes clear though that the Shadow Master hasn’t forgotten about the Witch Lord either, and has been carefully managing their assignments to keep them out of the firing line and on the Witch Lord’s tail. Despite his juggling, Ridge and Rett do what they do best and get themselves in hot water yet again. Unsure of who they can trust the pair are on the run again, using every ally and skill they have to stay one step ahead.
If you read my review of the first book, Assassin’s Honour, you’ll know I mentioned Gail Z. Martin’s interest in writing about ghosts and magic related to them. That gets amped up in this book with some interesting new characters as Ridge and Rett’s allies grow. Once again I thoroughly enjoyed this book and loved the new additions to the cast of characters.
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