House of Assassins: Saga of the Forgotten Warrior, Book 2 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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Larry Correia's best-selling epic fantasy series, Saga of the Forgotten Warrior, continues.
Ashok Vadal was once a member of the highest caste in all of Lok. As a Protector, he devoted his life to upholding the Law, rooting out those who still practiced the old ways and delivering swift justice with his ancestor blade Angruvadal. None was more merciless than he in stamping out the lingering belief in gods and demons among the casteless. His brutality was legendary and celebrated.
But soon Ashok learned that his life to that point had been a lie. He himself, senior member of the Protector Order, was casteless. He had been nothing more than an unwitting pawn in a political game. His world turned upside down, and finding himself on the wrong side of the Law, he began a campaign of rebellion, war, and destruction unlike any Lok had ever seen.
Thera had been first daughter of Vane. A member of the Warrior Order, she had spent her life training for combat. Until a strange sight in the heavens appeared one day. Thera was struck by lighting, and from that day forward, she heard the Voice. A reluctant prophet with the power to see into the future, she fought alongside Ashok Vadal and his company of men known as the Sons of the Black Sword, until a shape-shifting wizard with designs on her powers of precognition spirited her away. He holds her prisoner in the House of Assassins.
Ashok Vadal and the Sons of the Black Sword march to rescue Thera. With his sword Angruvadal, Ashok was unstoppable. But Angruvadal is gone, shattered to pieces on the demon-possessed husk of a warrior. Now, Ashok must fight without the aid of the magic blade for the first time. Thera’s life depends on it. But there is much more at risk in the continent of Lok. Strange forces are working behind the scenes.
Ashok Vadal and the Sons of the Black Sword are caught up in a game they do not fully understand, with powerful forces allied against them. Ashok no longer knows what to believe. He is beginning to think perhaps the gods really do exist. If so, he’s warned them to stay out of his way. They would do well to listen.
About House of Assassins: “Correia piles on the intrigue, action, and cliffhangers in the invigorating second Saga of the Forgotten Warrior epic fantasy.... Correia also weaves in elements that question the value of belief and the cost of giving authority to those who find more profit in preying on the weak.... Brisk fight scenes, lively characters, and plenty of black humor continue to make this series a real pleasure.” (Publishers Weekly)
Larry Correia is the creator of The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times best-selling Monster Hunter series, as well as urban fantasy hard-boiled adventure saga the Grimnoir Chronicles and epic fantasy series The Saga of the Forgotten Warrior.
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|Listening Length||16 hours and 40 minutes|
|Narrator||Tim Gerard Reynolds|
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|Audible.com Release Date||February 05, 2019|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #10,049 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#80 in Sword & Sorcery Fantasy (Audible Books & Originals)
#134 in Historical Fantasy (Audible Books & Originals)
#425 in Action & Adventure Fantasy (Audible Books & Originals)
Reviewed in the United States on August 22, 2019
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The first book ended on something of a cliffhanger, with Thera the reluctant prophetess captured by a secret society of shapeshifting assassins intent on using her powers for their own ends.
While she learns more about this secretive group and the goals of the hostile sea demons, Ashok Vidal, the former Protector who has realized his whole life had been a lie, must find the secret location of his hidden House of Assassins.
And all the while, the evil Inquisitors continue their plot to consolidate power in the Capital and carry out a genocide against the casteless of the continent of Lok.
Correia takes the opportunity to explore more of this fascinating world. Ashok grows into his role as a hero and leader, holding on to this honor while learning things aren’t always as black and white as he was trained to believe. We learn more about Thera’s mysterious past and the action doesn’t let up. By the end, we’re treated to still more revelations that only whetted my appetite for the next and presumably final installment.
That would be my only criticism: this is apparently a trilogy, so the matter of the House is wrapped up, but I almost wish there was still another book dealing with the subject. Gutch is becoming my stand-out favorite and easily worth a book of his own, and Kira the assassin had potential and could have gone in some interesting directions. But apparently Correia is trying to err on the other side of the Martins and Jordans of the world and their bloated series. A sensible decision then.
I can't recommend this series highly enough and can't wait for the next book.
-If you cut it up to make wargaming terrain the map on the inside of the cover can be pretty useful
-to warn people how bad it is I have to give it at least one star.
As someone who really enjoyed other works from this author I was disgusted by how poorly written and thought out this book was. Between poor pacing and character decay it would be better if he just had given up n the series after the first book.
Please don't inflict this book on yourself, or anyone else for that matter.
Larry, I loved your other work man but this was just sad.
I am not saying I did not like it. In truth I greatly enjoyed this book and between the two love the world and characters Mr. Correia has created. What I really want to see are some bigger revelations as to how this world came to be. We had some hints but all of the big secrets are still being kept out of our reach. After years of waiting for this book I was hoping for more in the way of revelations. Supposedly the next book is close behind, and I hope it is.
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Larry has taken the age old 'rescue the princess' tale and not only turned it on its head but made it readable time and again.
Can't wait for the next installment !!
I’m still not quite sure why I did. I really, really, like this author. But this is not one of his, usually, gripping works. A classic middle book. And not sure if this is right, but is there a faint shadow of Mormonism cast over the book (genealogical recording, men becoming gods, misunderstood prophet). Maybe not. You can be the judge.
Much of this book was ponderous reflection, and commentary, and description, and planning, and repetition. And all of these seemed unnecessary to the greater plot or tangential. There just wasn’t enough plot, and action, and little character development. At times it was drudgery. I thought there was some glimmer of hope towards the end, but it soon turned to an attempt to bridge the second book into the third. Not convinced I’ll go there.