The Assassins of Tamurin

The Assassins of Tamurin S.D. Tower
  • Title: The Assassins of Tamurin
  • Author: S.D. Tower
  • ISBN: 9780380978038
  • Page: 278
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Assassins of Tamurin S.D. Tower The Assassins of Tamurin The voice of an extraordinary new fantasist sings out strong and true in this epic and magical tale of intrigue forbidden love and shocking betrayal in a wondrous barbaric realm where beauty is a w
    The voice of an extraordinary new fantasist sings out strong and true in this epic and magical tale of intrigue, forbidden love, and shocking betrayal in a wondrous, barbaric realm where beauty is a weapon and treachery an art.The river god had spared the infant girl the villagers found drifting on a boat with a dead man and dying woman, so the superstitious townsfolThe voice of an extraordinary new fantasist sings out strong and true in this epic and magical tale of intrigue, forbidden love, and shocking betrayal in a wondrous, barbaric realm where beauty is a weapon and treachery an art.The river god had spared the infant girl the villagers found drifting on a boat with a dead man and dying woman, so the superstitious townsfolk believed it would be a sacrilege to let the child die as well The name Lale, meaning lucky, is the last good thing they give her, and she grows up abused, unloved, and resented until, at age eleven, she comes to the attention of Makina Seval, Mother Midnight, the absolute ruler of the Despotate of Tamurin Enrolled in Three Springs, the Despotana s special school for orphaned and unwanted girls, young Lale finally finds what she has always coveted respect, affection, community a home.But Three Springs is an institution of dark and shadowy purpose, a place where the wards of Mother Midnight are trained to become perfect spies and cold blooded, ruthlessly efficient killers And Lale has learned her lessons well At age twenty, she stands poised to play her role in the Despotana s grandest scheme vengeance.Years earlier Makina Seval s entire family including her infant son, the rightful heir to the Bethiyan throne was brutally slain through the plots of a devious chancellor, who then raised up a young usurper to be the Sun Lord Now it is Lale s duty to insinuate her way into the court and the bed of that same usurper, Terem Rathai, no longer a child but a powerful and dangerous foe And after she has earned Terem s trust, Lale is to kill him.Bound by the blackest sorcery to remain loyal to her beloved Mother, Lale will suffer nightmarish torment even death if she fails But once enmeshed in the web of deceit and treachery that has been spun around her, the young assassin begins to doubt the righteousness of her sworn mission For not only will the Despotana s grand design bring doom upon the world itself, there hangs over Lale yet another appalling catastrophe one that threatens all that she is, all she has ever believed.Lale has fallen in love with the man she must destroy
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    1. I first read this book for an assignment in Grade 11 English The teacher had told us we all had to read and review two books by Canadian authors We both knew she meant actual literature , but she never said it out loud so when I brought her this book and Memory and Dream by Charles de Lint, she caved Hurrah This book has been one of my favorites ever since I bought it for my collection a year or so ago but I just finished re reading it about an hour ago.While this book is a fantasy, no question, [...]

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    2. General ReviewSo The Assassins of Tamurin I came across this book in the one of the local bookstore when I was still pretty young, under fifteen but over twelve I saw it and read the blurb and wanted it The most surprising bit was that I actually got it, a little while later and it s one of my most treasured books having come to me after my mother swore not to buy me any books because I read them so quickly I know, cruelty beyond measure but I still love her From the very first time I read it, [...]

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    3. This was book was amazing I loved it so much that I spent days trying to find out the identity of the author behind this pseudonym so that I could read some books by her I never did and she never wrote any books under this name

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    4. This looks fantastic Nenia, I hope it s as good as you say it is.

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    5. Lale was eleven years old when the villagers of Riversong banished her she was only an orphan and had no family to speak for her However, despite her plight, she took her meager possessions and walked toward the nearest town in search of a better life Little did she know that it would lead her to become the adopted daughter to the Lady of Tamurin.Lale is not the only adopted daughter, and finds herself in the School of Serene Repose where dozens of girls learn the kinds of things noble daughters [...]

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    6. In short loved 98% of it Strong female characters though with flaws, some of them fatal , male characters who are equally strong, characters of both genders who are not always as good or as evil as they might first seem add this to clear, engaging prose, good pacing, and tie it all up in a neat bundle that becomes a quite enjoyable read The Assassins is also an interesting look at the way a person can become lured in and indoctrinated to particular beliefs, how love can be twisted into a tool fo [...]

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    7. 3,5stars I had been looking for this book for a while, since it was no longer in print, and finally fount it on ebay a few weeks ago So I was very eager to read and had high expectations for it Im not exactly disappointed and I really did like the book but rather than a great read, I would call it impressive The first half of the book was a bit slow this might be because I already got a glimpse of the plot from the description on the back and was all the way waiting for Lale to meet Terem and fo [...]

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    8. 44 pages in, and OMG, what a world the author has created seems a shame that there s only one book edit I believe the author s other books, which are in French, are part of this world the level of detail and depth to create the new world, it s just amazing 124 pg Oopsie gave it 5 stars way too early looks like our assassin spy will have to view spoiler sleep with the king, attracting the king because she looks like his beloved dead wife, hide spoiler to get into the political fray Prudish of me [...]

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    9. This story starts off with the sad life of Lale, an orphan found on the banks of a river in a poor community Treated abysmally by the village that found her, she finally leaves It is no surprise that when she is taken in by a woman who grooms her and other orphans into spies and assassins, that Lale becomes very loyal to Makina aka Mother , the ruler of Tamurin Lale finds her family with the other girl trainees and works very hard for Mother s approval Mother has very ambitious plans for Lale to [...]

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    10. lale is a foundling in a village that dislikes and mistrusts her one day she loses a valuable item and they punish her for it, and this prompts her to leave to search for a better life, she meets a wandering story teller who she had seen before in the village, and just as things seem to be getting better for her, he gets killed by bandits All is not lost though because shortly after she crosses paths with a Despotania who takes her to her school for orphans I like this story a lot, I have read i [...]

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    11. Very, VERY slow book Good writing at times, but I find myself skipping entire pages with no decrease in my enjoyment or loss of important information I am 2 3 the book and that far there have been no assasinations of any sort There was no explanation of the assassin spy training The first three chapters can be summed up in 1 sentence Village found an orphan girl, raised her, were mean to her, and she ran away I have a hard time not giving books I am reading a 4 or above, but I am just going to f [...]

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    12. An entertaining but ultimately disappointing fantasy read that doesn t live up to its potential Some solid characters and conflicts, and an imaginative setting, are bogged down by clumsy exposition, an annoying preference for telling over showing, and a climax that feels rushed and unsatisfying The ending is pretty saccharine and completely throws out the moral ambiguity that the first half of the book seemed to be setting up Too bad, because it could have been much improved by a few solid rewri [...]

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    13. DNF I was really excited about this book, but it just did not excel in the aspects that I personally favor Plot was good and the overall story was interesting However, character interactions and depth was generally absent A lot of that had to do with the multitude of time jumps I just don t feel like I was ever given enough time to really get to know anyone in the story Overall I think it was a decent book, just not my cup of tea.

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    14. A lot of world building and very descriptive imagery of the world Lale lives in The society is an odd one, and almost feudal I liked that most of the political machinations were perpetrated by women, and the focus the tale gives to the female gender The love story wasn t as trite as I thought it would be There was a great buildup for this act of treason and when it came, it felt somewhat anticlimactic to me.

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    15. I read this book years ago, and loved it It has a somewhat slow start, as far as I m concerned, and I almost put it down a quarter of the way through, but I am so glad that I didn t It is fresh and well conceived as fantasy novels go, and both the world and the characters are intriguing and complex.

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    16. A beautiful story, and well written too Lale s world is rich and vivid and intriguing at times I liked the characters, but I did find the descriptions a bit much at times There were also some beautifully written paragraphs in there I enjoyed this book, though I don t think the characters or the plot will leave an unforgettable impression on me.

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    17. You will read about the hardships of an outcast, war, espionage, learning about who you are, betrayal, love An excellent historical fiction story with an edge of fantasy, influenced by Asian cultures

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    18. I really liked this book, it was very well written There were some really wordy parts that I just skimmed that were kinda boring, but still worth the 5 stars Really interesting and kept my attention very well Great mystery love story.

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    19. I found this book by chance at a dusty used book store and bought it on a whim so I wasn t expecting much Yet I couldn t put this book down once I started reading I absolutely loved reading it I has become one of my favorite books.

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    20. Did not finish A book about assassins should not be this boring.

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    21. Absolutely amazing I am still trying to get my hands on a copy of it to keep, but I have read it twice, once from the library and once borrowed from a friend 3

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    22. I loved this book there were a couple of surprises at the end that were amazing go read it right now, you ll love it

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