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Master Assassins

(2018)
(The first book in the Fire Sacraments series)
A novel by

 
 
2018 BookNest Fantasy Awards Finalist for Best Novel

“This book has everything I love: Clean, crisp worldbuilding. Characters that live and breathe. A story that teases and surprises me. I like Master Assassins so much I wish I'd written it, but deep down, I know I couldn't have written it this well.”—#1 New York Times bestselling author Patrick Rothfuss


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 blending in, but Mektu is hopeless: impulsive, erratic—and certain that a demon is stalking him. Is this madness or a second sense? Either way, Kandri knows that Mektu’s antics will land them both in early graves.

But all bets are off when the brothers’ simmering feud explodes into violence, and holy blood is spilled. Kandri and Mektu are taken for contract killers and must flee for their lives—to the one place where they can hope to disappear: the sprawling desert known as the Land that Eats Men. In this eerie wilderness, the terrain is as deadly as the monsters, ghouls, and traffickers in human flesh. Here the brothers find strange allies: an aging warlord, a desert nomad searching for her family, a lethal child-soldier still in her teens. They also find themselves in possession of a secret that could bring peace to the continent of Urrath. Or unthinkable carnage.

On their heels are the Prophet’s death squads. Ahead lie warring armies, sandstorms, evil spirits and the deeper evil of human greed. But hope beckons as well—if the “Master Assassins” can expose the lie that has made them the world’s most wanted men.

Genre: Fantasy

Praise for this book

"An exquisitely written mix of heart-stopping action, masterful storytelling, and enchantment. Redick is a gifted wordsmith with a ferocious imagination. Master Assassins will produce many sleepless nights. I guarantee it." - Mira Bartók

"Robert Redick really nailed this one. What a great story! Fascinating plot and characters, and all of the author’s formidable skills at play. I cannot wait to read the next one." - Terry Brooks

"Redick’s powers of invention in this book are superb. He manages to reinvigorate his chosen mode of heroic fantasy by sheer force of description, his language always muscular, vibrant and well-calculated. The cast of characters is vast and believable . . . A hell of a ride." - Paul Di Filippo

"A blazingly smart thrill-ride of an adventure. The world of Master Assassins is deep, mysterious, terrifying, and utterly real, and I'll follow Redick's heroes, the mismatched brothers Kandri and Mektu, wherever they go in it. I can't recommend this book highly enough." - Daryl Gregory

"The prose is spectacularly good. Your adrenaline will flow. Your emotions will be toyed with. You will find yourself drawn in, turning the pages and worrying that fewer and fewer remain. I read a lot of good books. Quite a few very good books. This is one of the rare 6-star series openers I’ve encountered." - Mark Lawrence

"This book has everything I love: Clean, crisp worldbuilding. Characters that live and breathe. A story that teases and surprises me. I like Master Assassins so much I wish I'd written it, but deep down, I know I couldn't have written it this well." - Patrick Rothfuss


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Used availability for Robert V S Redick's Master Assassins

Hardback Editions

March 2018 : USA Hardback
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Title: Master Assassins: The Fire Sacraments, Book One (1)
Author(s): Robert V S Redick
ISBN: 1-945863-37-4 / 978-1-945863-37-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Talos
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Paperback Editions

March 2018 : USA Paperback
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Title: Master Assassins: The Fire Sacraments, Book One (1)
Author(s): Robert V S Redick
ISBN: 1-945863-19-6 / 978-1-945863-19-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Talos
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Audio Editions

March 2018 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Master Assassins (Fire Sacraments (1))
Author(s): Robert V S Redick
ISBN: 1-5414-1452-7 / 978-1-5414-1452-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Tantor Audio
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March 2018 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Master Assassins (Fire Sacraments (1))
Author(s): Robert V S Redick
ISBN: 1-5414-6452-4 / 978-1-5414-6452-0 (USA edition)
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March 2018 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Master Assassins: Fire Sacraments Series, Book 1
Author(s): Robert V S Redick
Publisher: Tantor Audio
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March 2018 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: Master Assassins: Fire Sacraments Series, Book 1
Author(s): Robert V S Redick
Publisher: Tantor Audio
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March 2018 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Master Assassins: Fire Sacraments Series, Book 1
Author(s): Robert V S Redick
Publisher: Tantor Audio
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March 2018 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Master Assassins: Fire Sacraments Series, Book 1
Author(s): Robert V S Redick
Publisher: Tantor Audio
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Kindle Editions

March 2018 : USA, Australia, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Master Assassins: The Fire Sacraments, Book One
Author(s): Robert V S Redick
Publisher: Talos
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   


March 2018 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: Master Assassins: The Fire Sacraments, Book One
Author(s): Robert V S Redick
Publisher: Talos
Availability: Amazon UK