Assassin’s Promise begins on the last day of a nine-year old’s idyllic life. Blodwyn known to his friends and family as Wyn, wakes up to another day in the farm. Rushing about his chores as he is looking forward to the afternoon of fishing that his father promised.
Wyn’s life is a simple life, surrounded by a loving mother who makes the best pastries and an alchemist father who may be strong and silent but bestows love and pride to young Wyn and his mother, and tries to look for a cure for the plague that killed his parents.
Alchemy, witchcraft and magic of any kind, make or form is forbidden in the empire of Grey Ashland where Wyn and his family live, in a log house built by his grandfather, with the backdrop of the forest that was Wyn’s playground.
In the empire, King Nabal has in his employ “The Watch”, an army that is always on the lookout for anyone performing in the Craft and their judgement for this is to kill the witch and their family and also burn their house to the ground. On this spring day, a week shy to his tenth birthday, Wyn watches as “The Watch” kill his parents and burn the only home he knows to the ground, pursued by The Watch, Wyn flees for his life and as he runs, he vows to avenge the death of his parents.
Three years later, Wyn lives a secluded life, making a life for himself the best way he knows how having been thrown out of an orphanage after an accidental explosion that left his best friend Copper blind. He comes across a man called Rasheed who turns out to be an assassin looking out for an apprentice.
Weeks and months of training turn Wyn into a strong and agile fighter, and he soon starts to feel that the plan to bring down The Watch may after all be closer than he thought possible. The story takes your hand and leads you along young Wyn’s life as he grows from the scared boy he was to the young man who has his first kiss and his reaction to his first murder.
Assassin’s Promise is a story with the most interesting twists and turns that I have read in a long time. The story grows on you, when suddenly – BOOM! A new twist is introduced so suddenly and so seamlessly that you don’t even have time for a breather because you’re hurrying along to see what happens next.
The best thing about this book is that I felt that Wyn carried his father’s honor and respect for his fellow man, his words and teachings with him, every day as he grew up. Even though he had to kill, he did not let that define him. The fact that this is Book Four in a series is exciting because I have discovered a new author that I know delivers a cracking good read. Grab your copy of “Assassin’s Promise by Phillip Tomasso from Amazon and enjoy reading it.
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