Master Assassins (The Fire Sacraments, #1) by Robert V.S. Redick

Master Assassins (The Fire Sacraments, #1)

Two village boys mistaken for assassins become the decisive figures in the battle for a continent in the thrilling new desert-based epic fantasy by the author of The Red Wolf Conspiracy. Kandri Hinjuman was never meant to be a soldier. His brother Mektu was never meant for this world. Rivals since childhood, they are drafted into a horrific war led by a madwoman-Prophet, and survive each day only by hiding their disbelief. Kandri is good at blend...

Details Master Assassins (The Fire Sacraments, #1)

TitleMaster Assassins (The Fire Sacraments, #1)
Release DateMar 6th, 2018
GenreFantasy, Epic Fantasy, Did Not Finish

Reviews Master Assassins (The Fire Sacraments, #1)

  • Mark Lawrence
    Out today!Master Assassins is a fantastic book. I’m going to wax lyrical about it at some length but the take away message is: READ IT! READ IT! READ IT!The cover while well drawn does the book a disservice in my opinion. It led me to expect something with a more YA sensibility, with a dungeons and dragons vibe, and some master assassins. Nothing wrong with those things, but this book is literary fantasy. Literary fantasy full of excitement, my...
  • Anton
    4+ ⭐ What a great ARC! Many thanks to author and the publisher for sharing a copy with me.I came to know about this release from the glowing review by Mark Lawrence, here it is in case you have missed it: away lesson one: trust Mark's recommendations. It is a safe bet.Take away lesson two: don't be fooled by the cover - it totally mismanages expectations here.I have plenty of things to praise in this...
  • *Thea Wilson*
    Wowsers! Review to come soon.....
  • Mitriel
    “By the third day the rumour can no longer be contained. It is whispered in the black tents, shared like smokes among the men on patrol, murmured in the drill yard before the bellowed morning prayer. It is weird and horrific and yet a curse no one can fail to understand. Someone’s mind has been stolen, and the thief still walks the camp.”This opening paragraph told me everything I needed to know about the novel in advance. It was going to b...
  • The Nerd Book Review
    I asked for an ARC of this novel after hearing some good things about it and I was not disappointed. Chris and I will be recording a review of this book for the podcast that should air at the end of March or beginning of April. My first thoughts are that in some way the novel reminded me a bit of Malazan, but without all the magic. The story is certainly on the very low magic side of things. The area of the world that we are introduced to is arid...
  • kartik narayanan
    Master Assassins is a great fantasy read but it is not without its flaws. It starts off very strongly. The first act is probably my favorite in the book and it reminds me of the Books of the Malazan. The second act is good and the incredible world building stands out here. The last act is the weakest but the climax sets up intriguing possibilities.The unique aspects of this book are the incredible world building as well as the nuanced interaction...
  • Julia
    First book of the year and it's a masterpiece!!First off, I'd like to say: don't judge this book by it's cover. To me, the cover art gave the impression of a very high fantasy book with dragons and such, and it gave me a 'Harry Potter' sort of vibe. In my opinion, it's a bit misleading since this book is not really appropriate for a younger audiences.The plot is actually very simple and fits the usual fantasy trope: the main character, Kandri, a ...
  • Cait Corcoran
    To call Master Assassins, a fantasy novel, seems almost an insult because it far exceeds typical fantasy tropes (there are no dragons, but don’t worry, there are men yielding gauntlets riding around on saber-toothed cats). Master Assassins is instead a profusion of cultural, religious, and personal complexities expanding across a seemingly despairing landscape. The two protagonists of the story, Kandri and Mektu, half brothers and soldiers in a...
  • Quintin Zimmermann
    This may seem like your traditional fantasy tropes with a village boy, in this case two, but the author subverts these tropes and creates a dark, repressive world where might is right. The jagged prose of Redick, together with unlikeable characters and strained dialogue, makes Master Assassins a difficult read and I struggled to finish the book. Master Assassins is the first instalment in The Fire Sacraments series, but I unfortunately will not b...
  • Swiffer
    I was provided a digital review copy by Talos publishing in exchange for an honest review."Love is an illness, a savage enchantment."Beautifully written, suspenseful, and at times surreal, Robert V.S. Redick's "Master Assassins" crackles with energy, from the magnetic opening passage through the whirling dervish finale. Although this was my first book completed in 2018, it will likely be a contender for book of the year. I first heard about "Mast...
  • Koeur
    1970-01-01 SkyhorsePublishing Date: March 2018ISBN: 9781945863196Genre: FantasyRating: 4.6/5Publishers Description: Kandri Hinjuman was never meant to be a soldier. His brother Mektu was never meant for this world. Rivals since childhood, they are drafted into a horrific war led by a madwoman-Prophet, and survive each day only by hiding their disbelief. Kandri is good at blending in, but Mektu is hopeless: ...
  • Bob
    Master Assassins is very much in the Mark Lawrence/Patrick Rothfuss vein: great worldbuilding, strong plot, and, above all, excellent characters. Of the two brothers around whom the plot centres, Mektu is the most original and intriguing. Is he crazy, or just possessed by the "yarta" spirit that he alone seems to be aware of? The image of the dried-up ocean they must cross - complete with former islands towering into the sky, is a vivid one, and ...
  • Kathy Shin
    8.5/10 - Review at PBTVSOkay. Before we get started, I'm going to give a bit of advice on how you might want to approach this book. Lay down some primer.See, this isn't a book that you'll read the first 80 pages of and go, "Wow, this is a fantastic story!" and start pointing out every part of it that you love. You can't. At least, I couldn't. I had no idea what I felt about it in the beginning.It's like an interpretive dance. At first you're not ...
  • R.K. Syrus
    Subject to revision upwards once the final text comes out!
  • Simone
    I've been slowly getting more into fantasy and high fantasy recently. I think it's turning out to be one of my favorite genres and male fantasy authors is a place I haven't explored yet. Yes, you have the classics like J.R.R. Tolkien, but with authors like George R.R. Martin, there's a certain style to their books completely different from how female fantasy authors approach the genre.I'm glad that I started with MASTER ASSASSINS in exploring the...
  • Sarah Smith
    Don't let the jacket fool you: this is epic fantasy, but gloriously more. Kandri and Mektu Hinjuman manage to kill not one, but two, sons of the Prophet of Urrath--within hours--and thereby become the unwitting Master Assassins of the title. Pursued by entire armies, a ghost, and the Prophet Herself, the brothers endure one heart-stopping adventure after another. The world-building is dazzling--that desert!--and every character is unforgettably f...
  • Benjamin Thomas
    Kandri and his brother Mektu are lowly soldiers after being drafted into the army of a madwoman known as “The Prophet” in order to avoid jail time. When Kandri leaps to the aid of a young girl being sexually assaulted, his honor leads him to murder the offender but what he didn’t count on is the mistaken identity of the man he actually killed. He and his brother must flee for their lives from some of the most relentless hunters in the world...
  • Sibil
    When I started this book I was super excited because the synopsis seems really good and the blurb is by Patrick Rothfuss! No people… hold on a second… the blurb is by Patrick Rothfuss. Have you read it???? So, needless to say, when they approved me for this book I was so so happy and I was dying to start it. And start it I did…In the beginning, I was really happy, because the world building is good and interesting… the atmosphere is quite...
  • Chris Hazen
    Cameron and I will be recording a review of this book on Nerd Book Review.For now, I'll mention that the story is compelling, the character dynamics are a ton of fun, and the world being built by RVSR is maddeningly intriguing. I'll update when our review goes up.
  • Beth Rosser
    I really enjoyed this book. I was lucky enough to get an ARC from Netgalley, and I'm really glad I did.I enjoyed the story telling and the intricacies of how the different characters were woven together.My only real complaint is that I feel as if I still have too many questions. The book doesn't necessarily end on a cliffhanger, but it does leave a lot open to be answered in the next book.