The King’s Assassin (October 2012 UK)

When Berren makes the mistake of stealing a purse from a thief-taker, it should have condemned him to a short and brutal life in the slave-mines. When the thief-taker offers to train him as an apprentice instead, he can’t believe his luck; but the thief-taker has secrets of his own, scars of a faraway war filled with mercenary soldiers, necromancers who brew potions that can change your destiny, and a psychotic girl-princess with a penchant for cutting pieces out of her lovers’ souls.

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First review from Fantasy Book Critic is pleasantly flattering: “…arguably the author’s best at least since his still awesome debut The Adamantine Palace…”

16 Responses to “The King’s Assassin (October 2012 UK)”

  1. dean says:

    really looking forward to ‘THE KINGS ASSASSIN ‘ Keep up the good work.

  2. Matthew says:

    Just read the Warlock’s Shadow. Really hanging out for the final installment.

  3. Alf says:

    So, iv’e read everything you published so far and i must say these books about Berren are very addictive and exciting compared to the hit and miss of the “dragonsaga”(way too many perspectives).Please keep writing these fantasylite books about
    Berren and his crew, you could easily make 10 of them and still keep it highly entertaining, easily some of the best in its vein so far.

  4. Daria says:

    I will keep reading ‘The Thieftaker’s Apprentice’ until I buy The Warlock’s Shadow and the same until The King’s Assassin. I felt depressed when I finished reading The Thieftaker’s Apprentice, so I read it again and planning to do so again :3

    As well as annoying my friend for keeping hold of the book for extra long xD

  5. Stephen says:


    Yes, I will update this page at some point soon…

  6. James says:

    What? Is the warlock a girl and a princess? When are yu going to tell us who Berron looks like from the Thief Taker’s past?

  7. Stephen says:

    Read The Warlock’s Shadow and find out, but warlocks have apprentices too… And yes, The King’s Assassin answers that question. Berren even gets to meet him.

  8. Nick says:


    The Warlock mentions who Berren looks like when Berren visits him, just before he gets rescued…
    Not that a name clarifies much of course ;-0

  9. Steph says:

    When will The Kings Assassin be available on the kindle in the us.

  10. Daria says:

    Sorry to leave another comment to bother you, but can you post this book directly to me because I live in Essex too? Also, how much would it cost? Thanks a lot (:

  11. Stephen says:

    US Kindle question doesn’t have an easy answer. not for the freseeable future appears to be the best I can say :-(

  12. Debz says:

    Will there be a fourth book?

  13. Stephen says:

    Er… sort of. Without wanting to give any spoilers away, there’s a slight clue in The Warlock’s Shadow when Berren is being shown pieces of what might be his future by Saffran Kuy, and the acknowledgements page of The King’s Assassin gives an explicit answer. Some aspects of the story will cross over into the dragon books, starting with Dragon Queen in May 2013.

  14. KADbIK says:

    Great story, I just can’t use some other word. It’s been a long time since I got so much emotions from the book, when I felt all happiness and sadness with the character and feared and joyed with him. I really almost cried like a beaten bitch when Tasahre died.
    It’s unbelievable how man can change, how thirst of revenge can turn him to ruin. How war cripple the soul. What it’s like when you lost your loved one.
    This brutal world, your literary style, every character I like so damn much. Thank you for this amazing adventure, for all emotions that I got, for little life that I lived. Sorry for all this mistakes, I’m really not good at English. Hope some day you will publish this books in Russia so I can buy this great trilogy and put it on my bookshelf.

  15. Dara Da Hood says:

    Is Tasachre somehow going to live in King?s Assasin_

  16. Stephen says:

    Read the book and find out :-)

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