Reviewed by Jonathan de Souza
Fantasy is not my cup of tea. That being said I tried not to let that have any bearing on my reading of Justin Somper’s Allies & Assassins, because I want to remain as objective as possible in my reviews, regardless of genre.
Allies & Assassins follows the story of Jared, a prince in the fictional realm of Archenfeld, who is thrust into the leader’s position of the princedom when his older brother Anders is poisoned. The story focuses both on finding Anders’s killer as well as Jared getting used to his late brother’s duties to the court and the people of Archenfeld. It soon becomes clear, though, that Jared is as much in danger as his brother was, and it falls upon him, as well as a few trusted companions, to find out who is after him and perhaps more importantly, the throne.
The novel has somewhat of a Game of Thrones vibe, which I enjoyed. I am not a big fan of Fantasy novels – I’m much more of a Sci-Fi geek. Many a time have I heard people say that Sci-Fi and Fantasy are the same thing. It’s one of my pet peeves and I usually take it upon myself to get up from where I’m sitting, insert myself into their conversation, and while they’re dumbstruck by this complete stranger suddenly sitting next to them, I proceed to explain that there really is a difference between the two – but enough about my dysfunctional social life and back to the story. And while this story didn’t really sway me into liking the genre more, I do have to say that I enjoyed it. There is an air of politics and ceremony that add very much to the narrative. Though many of the characters are not very animated, some seem downright shoddy, the story progresses fairly smoothly so it helps where the lack of character growth does not. It’s an okay read, though I’m not sure I’d read a sequel, but I never say never.
(Blogmistress’s note: my apologies for the delay in posting. The Gift Ideas took over most of my time in October and November.)
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