Master Assassins Series: The Fire Sacraments #1
Published by Simon and Schuster on March 6, 2018
Source: ARC Trade
Genres: Fiction / Fantasy / Action & Adventure, Fiction / Fantasy / Contemporary, Fiction / Fantasy / Epic, Fiction / Fantasy / General
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Never, ever take your brother with you to war…
Kandri Hinjuman was never meant to be a soldier. His brother Mektu was never meant for this world. Rivals since childhood, they are drafted into a horrific war led by a madwoman-Prophet, and survive each day only by hiding their disbelief. Kandri is good at blending in, but Mektu is hopeless: impulsive, erratic—and certain that a demon is stalking him. Is this madness or a second sense? Either way, Kandri knows that Mektu’s antics will land them both in early graves.
But all bets are off when the brothers’ simmering feud explodes into
violence, and holy blood is spilled. Kandri and Mektu are taken for contract killers and must flee for their lives—to the one place where they can hope to disappear: the sprawling desert known as the Sumuridath Jal, the Land that Eats Men. In this eerie wilderness, the terrain is as deadly as the monsters, ghouls and traffickers in human flesh. Here the brothers find strange allies: an aging warlord, a desert nomad searching for her family, a lethal child-soldier still in her teens. They also find themselves in possession of a secret that could bring peace to the continent of Urrath. Or unthinkable carnage.
On their heels are the Prophet’s death squads. Ahead lie warring armies, sandstorms, evil spirits and the deeper evil of human greed. But hope beckons as well—if the “Master Assassins” can expose the lie that has made them the world’s most wanted men.
It’s been a while since I had the opportunity to read an Adult fantasy. I tend to dwell in the young adult fantasy section. This one, though, is a must-read for fantasy lovers. The plot is perfect two brothers who accidentally kill two horrible prophets and are now on the run. Along the way, we get back story around these two brothers and how they are at odds over women who it seems loved them both. By the end of the first book, you find out they may just be carrying the recipe to save the world from a deadly plague. This book contains a little bit of everything murder, intrigue, monsters, magic, world-building, romance, beautiful landscapes, and incredible inventions. I am interested in what Sidewinders has in store.