- Publisher: Orbit
- Format: Paperback | 688 pages
- Dimensions: 108mm x 170mm x 52mm | 340g
- Publication date: 1 December 2008
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 1841497401
- ISBN 13: 9781841497402
- Illustrations note: map
- Sales rank: 41,382
The perfect killer has no friends. Only targets. For Durzo Blint, assassination is an art. And he is the city's most accomplished artist, his talents required from alleyway to courtly boudoir. For Azoth, survival is precarious. Something you never take for granted. As a guild rat, he's grown up in the slums, and learned the hard way to judge people quickly - and to take risks. Risks like apprenticing himself to Durzo Blint. But to be accepted, Azoth must turn his back on his old life and embrace a new identity and name. As Kylar Stern, he must learn to navigate the assassins' world of dangerous politics and strange magics - and cultivate a flair for death.
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Brent Weeks studied at Hillsdale College, before brief stints walking the earth like Caine from Kung-Fu, also tending bar, and corrupting the youth. (Not at the same time.) He started writing on napkins and, eventually, someone paid him for it. Brent doesn't own cats or wear a ponytail.
By Cherry 05 Aug 2010
Unpredictable. Action-packed. Makes a reader look forward to what is going to happen next. Story-telling quality is good. But the ending is a cliffhanger. The ending is the start of the next book, so you have to read the next book. The ending is the only reason this book did not garner a five-star rating.
By Lauren Burgess 24 Jul 2009
This book was absolutely fantastic.
Didn't put it down for two days straight.
However, the summary for the next book gave away what happened in the first so the ending was kind of ruined.
Was still bloody good though.
By Ryan Phillips 15 May 2009
Great debut for a promising new author. Stunning tale of betrayal, assassins and revenge. A dark fantasy. Working on his next trilogy now. A must buy for all fantasy lovers