A murderer shoves a prince to his “death.”
An assassin legally kidnaps a terrified boy.
A ruling lord orders an atrocity so devastating it will change the course of history.
So begins this highly original and engaging epic fantasy, a story of love, family trust, sworn promises and hard-earned friendships, in which two boys must put aside their childhood understanding of the world and accept their own incredible power to do right.
Character Development: 9/10
Overall Enjoyment: 9/10
Alcohol, Drugs, etc: None
Sexual Content: None.
Disturbing Images/Violence: frequent murder/death
S R Vaught and J B Redmond have done an amazing job at worldmaking in the first part of Assassin's Apprentice. Wow. It entirely epic! If you like such books as Christopher Paolini's Eragon, Hilari Bell's Farsala Trilogy, or Trudi Canavan's Black Magician Trilogy, you're sure to love this new and involved story.
The creativity and dedication which Redmond and Vaught have put into the world of Eyrie is extremely impressive. It has an extensive history, geography, government, and feel to it that is entirely unique and dynamic. It takes a while to sort yourself out in this world, but once you do, it's completely worth it.
Aron, the protagonist, was very likeable and realistic. His voice was young and confused, yet mature. Occasionally this caused confusion for me, but most of the time it seemed true and believable. As you set out to read this book, keep in mind that it isn't about the action, it's about the journey. There is a lot of killing and such, but in truth, most of it is narration and conversation. However, this suits the story's feel. And... and... gah! I can't wait for the second half!!!