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The Fallen Blade

(2011)
Act One of the Assassini
(The first book in the Vampire Assassin Trilogy series)
A novel by

 
In the depths of night, customs officers board a galley in a harbor and overpower its guards. In the hold they find oil and silver, and a naked boy chained to the bulkhead. Stunningly beautiful but half-starved, the boy has no name. The officers break the boy's chains to rescue him, but he escapes.

Venice is at the height of its power. In theory Duke Marco commands. But Marco is a simpleton so his aunt and uncle rule in his stead. They command the seas, tax the colonies, and, like those in power before them, fear assassins better than their own.

In a side chapel, Marco's fifteen-year old cousin prays for deliverance from her forced marriage. It is her bad fortune to be there when Mamluk pirates break in to steal a chalice, but it is the Mamluks' good luck - they kidnap her.

In the gardens beside the chapel, Atilo, the Duke's chief assassin, prepares to kill his latest victim. Having cut the man's throat, he turns back, having heard a noise, and finds a boy crouched over the dying man, drinking blood from the wound. The speed with which the boy dodges a dagger and scales a wall stuns Atilo. And the assassin knows he has to find the boy.

Not to kill him, but because he's finally found what he thought he would never find. Someone fit to be his apprentice.

 
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Hardback Editions

2011 : USA Hardback
Title: The Fallen Blade Act I of the Assassini Triology
Author(s): Jon Courtenay Grimwood
ISBN: 1-61129-556-4 / 978-1-61129-556-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: n/a
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Paperback Editions

October 2014 : USA Mass Market Paperback
Title: The Fallen Blade (Act One of the Assassini)
Author(s): Jon Courtenay Grimwood
ISBN: 0-316-07438-1 / 978-0-316-07438-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Orbit
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April 2012 : UK Paperback
Title: The Fallen Blade: Book 1 of the Assassini
Author(s): Jon Courtenay Grimwood
ISBN: 1-84149-846-7 / 978-1-84149-846-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Orbit
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January 2011 : UK Paperback
Title: The Fallen Blade: Act One of the Assassini by by Jon in Courtenay Grimwood [Paperback]
Author(s): Jon Courtenay Grimwood
ISBN: 1-84149-845-9 / 978-1-84149-845-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Orbit
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January 2011 : USA Paperback
Title: The Fallen Blade (The Assassini, Book 1)
Author(s): Jon Courtenay Grimwood
ISBN: 0-316-07439-X / 978-0-316-07439-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Orbit
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Audio Editions

August 2015 : USA MP3 CD
Title: The Fallen Blade: Act One of the Assassini
Author(s): Jon Courtenay Grimwood
ISBN: 1-5012-9348-6 / 978-1-5012-9348-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
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October 2014 : USA Audio CD
Title: The Fallen Blade: Act One of the Assassini
Author(s): Jon Courtenay Grimwood
ISBN: 1-4915-4893-2 / 978-1-4915-4893-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
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January 2011 : USA Audio edition
Title: The Fallen Blade: Act One of the Assassini
Author(s): Jon Courtenay Grimwood
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Availability: Amazon   

January 2011 : UK Audio edition
Title: The Fallen Blade: Act One of the Assassini
Author(s): Jon Courtenay Grimwood
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Availability: Amazon UK   

January 2011 : USA Audio CD
Title: The Fallen Blade: Act One of the Assassini
Author(s): Jon Courtenay Grimwood
ISBN: 1-4418-8757-1 / 978-1-4418-8757-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
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January 2011 : USA Audio CD
Title: The Fallen Blade: Act One of the Assassini
Author(s): Jon Courtenay Grimwood
ISBN: 1-4418-8758-X / 978-1-4418-8758-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
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January 2011 : USA MP3 CD
Title: The Fallen Blade: Act One of the Assassini
Author(s): Jon Courtenay Grimwood
ISBN: 1-4418-8759-8 / 978-1-4418-8759-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
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January 2011 : USA MP3 CD
Title: The Fallen Blade: Act One of the Assassini
Author(s): Jon Courtenay Grimwood
ISBN: 1-4418-8760-1 / 978-1-4418-8760-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
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Kindle Editions

January 2011 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
Title: The Fallen Blade: Act One of the Assassini
Author(s): Jon Courtenay Grimwood
Publisher: Orbit
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