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, Fiction

Reviews Master Assassins (The Fire Sacraments, #1)

  • Mark Lawrence
    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, mystery, and...
  • 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 'WookieMama' Wilson*
    Wowsers! Review to come soon.....
  • Algernon
    Darsunuk! The Time of Madness! It is come, brothers and sisters, the end of all things and the breaking of this world. Who among us will find shelter on the Night of Blood? Who among us shall be spared? Six years have passed since the last installment of the "Chathrand Voyage" but the wait was worth it. Robert Redick is back with a new high fantasy epic and the start of the journey looks as promising as the last time I embarked on his ship. My pr...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Peter
    This has been a fantastic read! I am so glad that I took a reccomendation to read this, it is refreshing, a rewarding and brilliantly written book that I have not been able to stop reading it! A full review will be on my blog soon, I take my hat of to Mr Redick for producing this fantastic fantasy novel!
  • 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 ...
  • Mat
    Wow! I must do this review later because just.... Wow. I'm coming down from a high on this book and it's just overwhelming almost. I've never read a book by Robert V.S. Redick but if this is any indication of how he writes in all of his books, I'm buying them all.
  • FanFiAddict
    First things first, thanks to the publisher and author for an ARC of Master Assassins in exchange for an honest review. This is no way, shape, or form sways my judgement of the book itself.*For future reference, listen to Mark Lawrence when he recommends a novel*A lot of people have stated that the cover does not do the book justice, and I have to agree. I am not saying that the cover isn’t great, because I believe it is wonderful, but it does ...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Kathy
    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 ...
  • Cait (lil_ms.bookworm)
    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...
  • Jordanna Brodsky
    The cover and the title make this seem like a run-of-the-mill epic fantasy. Don't be fooled! Beautifully written, beautiful world building, compelling characters, and a plot that has me begging for book two. Check it out!
  • Steve Kimmins
    Really enjoyed this book, the first in a trilogy.It supports my belief that the best of the modern fantasy genre, certainly since GRRM, is character led. In this case two half brothers lead the storyline. The description of the sibling relationship is well laid out, mostly through flashbacks to their youth, from their apparent hatred of each other at certain points to their basic brotherly love, plus their rivalries in love. You really understand...
  • Charles Karver
    Well, this was a wonderful read, which had everything I look for in a book. The world felt fresh and real, the characters had great depth and individuality and it was beautifully written. I was left eagerly awaiting the next book, with the author leaving just the right amount of unanswered questions, to make the wait that little bit harder.
  • 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: ...
  • Garrett Daum
    Loved this book, my only gripe is that it took me awhile to get used to the love/hate relationship the brothers had-- way different than my own relationship with my brothers( who are my closest friends)Once I got pass that obstacle, I was able to enjoy this book in full.
  • Mahdi
    “You get a girl with child, you have to live with that forever. Deny her, and it rips out a part of you. Oh, you may get away with it, as far as the world ever learns. But you’ll feel it inside. The spoiling, the rot.”This quote ties together what I feel like this book is mostly about. Choices. And the consequences of choices. And potentially, what is a right choice?In advance, I apologize for the length of this review, but there’s TONS t...
  • Matt Newbould
    460 pages, six chapters (a little weird but it works),two erm 'Master' Assassins, four days tofinish, one fantastic read. Robert V.S. Redickhas done something special here with MasterAssassins and I couldn't stop myself from devouring it over a weekend. It's intelligent, deep, and chocked full of immersive prose that kept me engrossed throughout. The world building is great and at no point did I feel utterly and completely lost in this world as c...
  • Flavia
    Mark Lawrence called this a fantastic book. I trust Mark Lawrence implicitly like everyone should. It's a fantastic book. It has intricately spun world building, a relationship between siblings that's so pathologically wrought I shiver just thinking about it, plenty of fascinating side characters with agency and a story that's easy to devour. It's basically book crack.
  • ~Dani~ LazyTurtle's Books
    Read more reviews or listen to the podcast discussion at Book Geeks Uncompromised!"Cursed by a queen, pursued by death squads, mistaken for master assassins."For some reason this tagline and the description made me think this book was going to be more lighthearted than it actually was. I was expected something perhaps a little bit goofy and that didn't take itself too seriously. That is not what this is.This is a story about two (half) brothers t...
  • Lukasz
    All the cool kids on the block (Mark, Pat et al.) rave about Master Assassins. As an aspiring kid, I had no choice but to grab a copy. I received one from Netgalley; it didn't influence my review in any way.The title may suggest that we'll deal with true masters of the art of assassination. Unstoppable and uncanny killers who defy the laws of physics in order to get the job done. This is not the case. The title is ironic and you'll understand why...
  • Blake Hausladen
    From Robert Redick’s first published fantasy title, The Red Wolf Conspiracy (RW) to his most recent work, Master Assassins (MA) we see an author that has honed new tools without suffering the weaknesses common to authors whose creative life must satisfy deadlines.RW loves to surprise. This was its least attractive feature. New elements were added in each of the early chapters, often in a fashion that stopped me and pulled me out of the story. M...
  • 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 ...
  • Jordan
    This was phenomenal. Find this review at Forever Lost in Literature!Buckle up and grab some snacks, folks, because this is going to be a long review for a book that has quickly become one of my newest fantasy favorites. Master Assassins is beautiful, dark, raw, jaw-dropping at times, and all-around amazing. Because I run the risk of rambling in a disorganized fashion, I decided that I would organize my review into four main components of the nove...
  • Reggie Kray
    This book supersedes Armored Saint and has become my favourite read of the year thus far! Highly recommended. 5+++