Author: Brent Weeks
Date Started: 25/04/2019
Star Rating: ✪✪✪✪✪
Synopsis from Goodreads:
From New York Times Bestselling author Brent Weeks…
For Durzo Blint, assassination is an art-and he is the city’s most accomplished artist.
For Azoth, survival is precarious. Something you never take for granted. As a guild rat, he’s grown up in the slums, and learned to judge people quickly – and to take risks. Risks like apprenticing himself to Durzo Blint.
But to be accepted, Azoth must turn his back on his old life and embrace a new identity and name. As Kylar Stern, he must learn to navigate the assassins’ world of dangerous politics and strange magics – and cultivate a flair for death.
The book starts with Azoth at 11 years old, trying to survive on the streets looking after his friends Doll Girl and Jarl. Azoth is a very likable character and this grew really well throughout the book.
Rat is a 16-year-old boy at the head of the guild that Azoth is apart of. I hated rat. I really hated rat! The thought of him makes my skin crawl. He beats the children in the guild and takes any of them to use for his own devices, sexual and so on.
Durzo Blint is a Wetboy, basically an assassin but better.
I was 70 pages in and the story was already brutal, with death and beatings taking place.
I liked how the author developed the relationship with Azoth and Durzo, it ends up as a father and son relationship, and that’s something I am here for.
Azoth’s identity is wiped and his new name is Kyler. He develops a friendship with a young Duke and this friendship is so solid it survives all the years, even when it shouldn’t.
The plot where entertaining and interesting enough to keep me wanting to read just one more chapter.
The only thing I didn’t really like, was the first 200 or so pages, at the start of a new chapter the timeline could have jumped years and even though you are told the ages of Azoth (Kyler) it still feels a little disjointed. The rest of the book this doesn’t really happen as he has got to the age the author wants and when this happens the story does pick up massively, in my opinion.
It does have a slow romance which is done really well, I really like slow romances in fantasy when they are done the way Brent wrote this romance.
I enjoyed this book and I will be carrying on with the series shortly.