The Assassin King The Assassin King opens at winter s end with the arrival by sea of a mysterious hunter a man of ancient race and purpose who endlessly chants the names of the pantheon of demons that are his intende

  • Title: The Assassin King
  • Author: Elizabeth Haydon
  • ISBN: 9780765305657
  • Page: 172
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Assassin King opens at winter s end with the arrival by sea of a mysterious hunter, a man of ancient race and purpose, who endlessly chants the names of the pantheon of demons that are his intended victims, as well as one other Ysk, the original name of the Brother, now known as Achmed, the Assassin King of Ylorc At the same moment of this portentous arrival, two gatThe Assassin King opens at winter s end with the arrival by sea of a mysterious hunter, a man of ancient race and purpose, who endlessly chants the names of the pantheon of demons that are his intended victims, as well as one other Ysk, the original name of the Brother, now known as Achmed, the Assassin King of Ylorc At the same moment of this portentous arrival, two gatherings of great import are taking place The first is a convocation of dragons, who gather in a primeval forest glade the site of the horrific ending of Llauron, one of the last of their kind They mourn not only his irrevocable death, but the loss of the lore and control over the Earth itself that it represents The ancient wyrms are terrified for what will come as a result of this loss.The second gathering is a council of war held in the depths of the keep of Haguefort Ashe and Rhapsody, rulers of the alliance that protects the Middle Continent Gwydion, the new Duke of Navarne Anborn, the Lord Marshall Achmed, the King of Ylorc, and Grunthor, his Sergeant Major Each brings news that form the pieces of a great puzzle And as each piece is added it becomes quite clear War is coming, the likes of which the world has never known Cataclysm, both large and small, await in this sixth volume of the USA Today bestselling fantasy series, The Symphony of Ages A twisting, fast moving tale, The Assassin King promises endless surprises most of which lead to pain.

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    1. As much as I enjoyed the first books in this series, I suspect it may be time for Haydon to move on. I was actually really looking forward to The Assassin King, because Achmed is hands-down my favorite character in the series, and I thought it would center on him but rather, this book jumped around so much it's hard to say what it was about, exactly. We hardly spend more than a few pages with each main character, and the bulk of the first half of the book is dedicated to reintroducing us to the [...]

    2. I was really excited about this latest installment in Haydon's Symphony of Ages series. The title character (Achmed) is nasty, violent, sarcastic, ugly as sin, and just about everybody's favorite. Personally, I adore him. He is so snarky, he makes Hugh Laurie's Dr. House seem like such a sweet guy! We do get to know him better as information about his birth, and about the Dhracian people, is filled in. He and his Seargeant Major, Grunthor, get in quite a few hilarious one-liners and some decent [...]

    3. The first three books in this series (Rhapsody, Prophecy, and Destiny) were fantastic, I read them, loved them, and thought they were supposed to be a trilogy. Then a few years later, as I was walking through a bookstore I came upon the 4th book, Requiem for the Sun, and I hated it. But because I loved the first three so much I went ahead and picked up Elegy for a Lost Star and it was so so, no where near as good as the first three but it didn't make me want to throw things like the 4th. So afte [...]

    4. More often than not, an author's series grows tired and old, and the quality of the story deteriorates as the theme is simply overdone. This has not happened with Elizabeth Haydon's books. Her storyline is as rich in this book as it was in the first, the character development just as good, and it leaves you wanting more. I'm interested to see how the living stone man is defeated by Grunthor.

    5. I was a little disappointed with this one. It's clear that author is going somewhere with the story, this is just a little bit in the middle and didn't do much on it's own.

    6. It was extremely hard to read this book. Unlike the other books of the series which took me three days to read, it has been three weeks and I still have not finished. Trust me I have tried to finish, but when a book just is not good other things take priority. There is too just much reference to the previous books which have just become tiring. Come on Haydon how many times do you want to tell us about the travel beneath the earth!!! Maybe I haven't finished because I skipped to the end and foun [...]

    7. A HUGE disappointment. First, in the sixth book of a series, most of your readers have read the previous five. Therefore, the need to expound on every minute detail from the previous books just becomes tiresome, especially when you are still doing it in the last third of the book. Needless to say I did a lot of skimming just to get done.Second, it became obvious after finishing half of the book that she wasn't wrapping anything up. The third book in the second installment, and nothing is resolve [...]

    8. I really want to think of it this way: Rhapsody/Prophecy/Destiny; trilogy. Done. Fantastic. Requiem/Elegy; stand alone books. Really a good story with more world-building, explanations of the greater forces of the universe and how they manipulate the characters. And finally, I really want to think of The Assassin King as the start of a new trilogy; it really seemed like it was, didn't it? That's not just me, right? A rehashing of the previous story, dark forces closing in, and then nothing. On t [...]

    9. I absolutely loved her first trilogy (Rhapsody especially; prophecy & destiny just follow behind.) The rest of the books so far haven't lived up to her usual standards- Elegy for the Lost Star & Requiem for the Sun, I think. But this one finally picks up where she left off in the first trilogy. It's finally back to character development, it's fast-paced, everything we know and love. Usually I won't but so much stock in the familiar, but here, it is definitely a good thing. It makes me ha [...]

    10. WTF? I thought this was supposed to be the last book in the series! I enjoyed the first three so much, the fourth and fifth were distinctly less appealing, and the sixth was a bit of an improvement. But I was looking forward to finishing the series and pretending that the series ended at the end of Destiny, but noooooo. I've got to wait for at least one more book (I'm hoping only one more, with the current obsession with sevens) to find out what finally happens with The Three. I don't even care [...]

    11. I read the first three in quick succession and enjoyed them (well, I enjoyed Achmed and the worldbuilding). Then I kept reading because I was all, oh boy, more of my favorite characters! But Requiem was meh, Elegy was even more meh, and thisI expected from the title that it would be an entire book filled with Achmed, my favorite character, doing awesome things!Instead it was basically a giant book of filler. whaaaat?

    12. Achmed was my favorite character and I was disappointed when this book didn't focus on him hardly at alleven though he's obviously the purpose behind the title. He was also the reason I kept reading this seriesever, after being let down once again I stopped reading this series after this book.

    13. It felt like Haydon hit her stride again with this book. The characters and world-building were working together again, and it felt like a much stronger offering after books 4 and 5. This seemed more in line with everything good about the original trilogy, and the setup it leaves for the next (final?) novel is compelling and interesting. I'm glad I've stuck with the series.

    14. A little darker than the earlier books, and with more a sense of impending doom. Events take priority over characters, so I missed the conversational play, but it's definitely setting up something bigger.

    15. I have a lot of negative things to say, but I don't have energy to write a long review, so I'll leave it at this.I hate Ash. He is a whiney, pathetic freak who can't be away from his wife for any amount of time without breaking down into a useless lump, and he can't use his inner dragon as an excuse.Rhapsody is almost as annoying.Together they make the most codependent, ridiculous, boring married couple in literature. They do nothing but go on about how much they love each other in person and we [...]

    16. I wish I could rate it lower. boring, slow to develop, uninteresting characters, completely unengaging. I found myself reading a page, having no idea what I read and having to go back and read it again because it is so unmemorable. didn't bother to finish it, which is a rarity for me

    17. The series is flagging now, too many characters and too much focus on the villains mean the Three get barely any time in the narrative.

    18. 4.75 I really need a minute, I'm lamenting the fact that I no longer have access to new Elizabeth Haydon books. My only problem with this was the fact that there were many perspectives throughout the whole novel, some that only appeared once or twice and had little significance, and I wished they'd focused a bit more on Ashe and The Three. I love this series. Absolutely love it.

    19. So happy that I have re-read this book (as well as all the previous books in the series) and have come to notice a LOT of things I have missed with the first read back in 2007.The book does a great job of setting up the most dire, bleak future for the Alliance and Rhapsody and her friends. The lore of the Dragon Scales: The scales taken from the Primal Wyrm and from the Dragons that protect the World and the Great Trees are keys to destroying the world itself (if a F'dor were to require them all [...]

    20. The disparate stories everyone collected in Elegy for a Lost Star come together here, as everyone convenes for a council of war. With so much danger present, Ashe decides to send Rhapsody and their son to Ylorc with the Bolg while the rest of them prepare for war. But even the horrors they've uncovered are only a small part of Talquist's grand scheme. In addition, a hunter has come from across the sea with two targets: the F'dor, and Achmed.This picks up right where Elegy left off, convening the [...]

    21. I have read this before. D'oh! This was just not as good as the other five. I think I am getting a little bored with the series (Did I say that?), and I would like it to find a conclusion eventually. Unaware that there are yet two more books in the series The Merchant Emperor #7 (2014) and the upcoming "The Hollow Queen" #8 (June 30th, 2015) in the series and then the forthcoming "Dirge" hailed as the series capper. I keep going with the books. There are eight years between "The Assassin King" a [...]

    22. For some stupid reason I was expecting this book to be the end of the series, expecting it to wrap everything up with a nice neat ending. Towards the end of the book as there were still far too many things going on and far too few pages left to read, I began to realize that wasn't the case. There's bound to be another book in the works, or at least I'd hope so, I've not seen any indication of it in any of the places I've looked.There was no shortage of action, no shortage of drama and truly ther [...]

    23. I didn't read the previous six books, thinking that the start of a new trilogy would be easy enough to pick up, but it took about a hundred pages to figure out what was going on. (Why do so many characters have multiple versions of their names, and also have their names start with the same freaking letters?)After I was sort of able to grasp who the hell everyone was and what was more or less going on, it was a fun enough story. The love bits between Rhaspody and Ashe were a complete drag, but lu [...]

    24. I have mixed feelings about this book. I remember that I loved reading it because there were some interesting developments with Achmed, one of my favorite characters. However, sometimes I wish I never did read it because I don't know if the author ever plans to finish the series. This book was supposed to be the start of another trilogy, and it has been years since I last read it or heard any updates from the author. I really hope she decides to return to the series at least to wrap up what she [...]

    25. I mean that recommendation literally, folks. if you're one of those ppl who can't not read the next installment in a series, you should read this book. it wasn't a bad storyline and the writing was as good as it always is. there was just a lot of it. a hair too much re-description of events and backstory from the previous books. and I don't know that I gained much more insight on the characters really. otherwise it was a good addition to the series.

    26. Another great readWow I am really devouring these books. Sorry my reviews are so very useless, but when there's still reading to be enjoyed I find it hard to even think back. I will say that I've been enjoying this series immensely and am always very happy when I don't discover a series until it's almost completely written. Highly recommend this book and all the earlier in the series

    27. This book is much better than the last two, as the author finally started to build up a new epic storyline. Unfortunately it has been years since this book was published, and it doesn't seem like the series is set to continue any time soon (someone please correct me if I'm wrong, I would love to read the next book if it ever comes out)

    28. I loved this book, but when I finished I practically fell down on my knees with a large "NOOOOOOOO!" Both for the state of ruin that the world is poised at and for the unknown length I will have to wait before reaching any sort of conclusion for this gripping epic. Eagerly awaiting the next installment.

    29. Of course I didn't realize until halfway through this book that it was the first of the trilogy that ends the series. Which also means that the "War of the Known World" has just begun and no resolution is in sight for years considering I haven't even seen a release date for book 7. But as always, I love Elizabeth Haydon and this is my fantasy series of choice.

    30. I've got a big bone to pick with this one, I real big bone. For one thing, the text got bigger, and that friggin annoyed me even more, and the maps they started putting in EFTLS made it seem like I wouldn't know where the KravensFeild Plain was. And I do!! It's action was fake, everything about it was wrong wrong wrong!! What's going on Haydon, what?

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