Blades of the Old Empire

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Blades of the Old Empire

Anna Kashina

Angry Robot Ltd.

In another great book from Angry Robot, Blades of the Old Empire follows Prince Kythar and Kara, a member of a secretive society of assassins through the tumultuous return of an old enemy. The attack by the Kaddim comes just as King Evan is planning to change the law forbidding Kythar from taking the throne because of the magic he has. A simple quest to renew Kara’s contract becomes a convoluted political nightmare

This novel is the first in a series so great care is taken in introducing characters, even minor players in this book that will become more important in later books. I found the quick switches of POV a little distracting at first, but then the story and the compelling characters pulled me into the story and I stopped noticing them.

One of the things that I like in particular about the book is the work done to make Kara and her society human. They struggle with weakness and doubt and feel the same emotions as others in the story. That means that their characters develop and grow over the course of the story so they don’t hold other characters back.

I enjoyed this book and would recommend it for anyone who likes a good swashbuckling storyline.

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