When elite assassin, Jeda DeLongo, fled the Assassin's Guild years earlier, he knew there would be a price to be paid. No one ever left the Guild, but he never imagined his beloved wife and unborn son would pay the price for his betrayal. Now Keisha's life hangs in the balance and the most powerful healers in the Kingdom cannot lift her unnatural coma the assassins put her in. There is only one cure, find the legendary Witch Stone.
Jeda leads an impossible quest to recover the Witch Stone--a stone that has been lost for a hundred years. Crucial to the success of the quest are his twin daughters, the famous children of prophecy, but are they unwitting pawns in the witch's power struggles? Forces of White and Black Witches are gathering. Can Jeda find the Witch Stone and heal his wife or will he be instrumental in starting another witch war, the likes of which the kingdom has never seen before?
The Guild of Assassins Creed: No one ever leaves the brotherhood.
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author in return for an honest review.
This is the second book in The Witch Stone Prophecy series. I loved it!
Jeda is an assassin, trained in the art of stealth and death from being a young boy. He is extremely efficient and dangerous. No longer part of the Assassin Guild, he and his family set out on a quest to locate the Witch Stone, a magical volcanic rock that he hopes will help his wife and unborn son. I really liked Jeda when I first met him because, although he is or was an assassin, he has a conscience.
I loved the first book, so when I was approached about reading the second one, I jumped at the chance. I am glad that I did, because - dare I say it - it was even better than the first! I was hooked from the first page and didn't put it down until I finished reading! The story continues from the end of the first book. It was wonderful to meet some of the characters again, but there are also some new ones introduced. Kala and Kara are proficient killers in their own right, but Kara is still traumatized by her kidnapping and torture by Mave, though trying hard not to show it. Elizabeth openly runs the White Witch Coven, but secretly runs the Black Council. She is a very power-hungry woman, with her own plans for the elusive Witch Stone. However, it was the introduction of Raz, an undercover assassin, and Ranker, an irascible tracker/hunter, that gave this story an interesting twist. These two characters are completely different, but somehow fit in with the rest of the misfit group fantastically well. I loved Raz's dedication to her job, but was surprised that her opinion of Jeda remained unchanged throughout the book. Ranker, on the other hand, I fell in love with. He is a big old flirt, with a huge heart; he and Gelda suited each other perfectly!
The story has several twists and turns; some of which surprised me and others I never saw coming! There is mystery, intrigue and conspiracy, as well as action, adventure and magic. The fight scenes are described with amazing detail and are definitely intense! I loved the cave fight scene near the end, because I felt like I was actually there, watching! The ending sent a chill climbing my spine, and made me wonder what is in store for Jeda, Kala and Kara in their future. I am looking forward to reading the next book in the series to find out.
The authors', Debra L. Martin and David W. Small, have written a fantastic fantasy novel full of danger and adventure. I loved the fast pace of the story, which was not rushed. It also flowed beautifully from beginning to end. I am now a huge fan of their work.
Due to some violence, I do not recommend this book to younger readers. However, I highly recommend this book if you love action, adventure, thriller or fantasy/dark fantasy genres. - Lynn Worton
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