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Age of Assassins (Wounded Kingdom 1) - R J Barker

Age of Assassins (Wounded Kingdom 1) - R J Barker

These books are from a true limited edition with a numbered global print run of only 300 hardcover copies.

Title: Age of Assassins

Author:  R J Barker

ISBN:  9780356510897

Weight:  783g

Limited signed first edition, first print hardback




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Age of Assassins by R J Barker

To catch an assassin, use an assassin…

Girton Club-Foot, apprentice to the land’s best assassin, still has much to learn about the art of taking lives.  But their latest mission tasks him and his master with a far more difficult challenge: to save a life.  Someone, or many someones, is trying to kill the heir to the throne, and it is up to Girton and his master to uncover the traitor and prevent the prince’s murder.

In a kingdom on the brink of civil war and a castle thick with lies Girton finds friends he never expected, responsibilities he never wanted, and a conspiracy that could destroy an entire land.

Set in a world ravaged by magic and the ambition of noblemen, this debut epic fantasy features a cast of assassins, knights and fools which will delight any fan of Brent Weeks, David Dalglish or Robin Hobb.

Peer & Press Reviews

Both a coming of age story and a tale of twisty intrigue, Age of Assassins builds a compelling fantasy world and peoples it with characters you can care about.  Riddled with intrigue and dangerous magic, this is a hugely enjoyable debut.

Jennifer Williams, author of The Copper Promise

Outstanding.  Beautifully written, perfectly paced and assured.  Kept me reading well into the early hours of the morning.  A wonderful first book – a wonderful book, period – that should be at the very top of your to-read list.

James Islington, author of The Shadow of What Was Lost

With an original, immersive world that wouldn’t let me go and a pair of assassins worth rooting for, Age of Assassins is a pleasure to read.  I can’t wait for more!

Melissa Caruso, author of The Tethered Mage

Bibliographic Info

Attribute Details
Title: Age of Assassins
Book Features
Edition / printing: First edition, first printing
Edition background:

Orbit published this title straight to paperback on 03 Aug 2017.  However, the reviews were so good that an independent online bookseller decided to commission a hardcover edition.  The subsequent 300 numbered books are a true limited edition and the only hardcover copies available globally.

The books have a combined title / number authentication page, which confirms the book’s handwritten number.  Besides the printing expected on a title page (title, author, publisher), this page also bears the phrase ‘LIMITED SIGNED FIRST EDITION’.

Available numbers: Choice of 104 or 105 [of 300, subject to availability]
Series: The Wounded Kingdom – book 1
Overall condition: Fine / Fine (see our article on Condition Grades)

On the title / number authentication page

(Note that Barker only signs his books using a stylised version of his initials.)

Ephemera: Comes with an illustration based on a scene from the book, which is also signed by R J Barker.
Book Stats
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Imprint: Orbit
Publication date:
Printed by: Clays Ltd, Bungay
ISBN 13: 9780356510897
ISBN 10: 0356510891
Format: Hardcover with dust jacket
Pages: 393
Size (h x w x d): 223 x 145 x 37mm
Design Credits
Jacket design: The-Parish
Jacket images: The-Parish / Arcangel

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