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September 16, 2020

Crossed Blades (Fallen Blade 03) by Kelly McCullough

Filed under: Fantasy — Suramya Tomar @ 11:17 am


Crossed Blades (Fallen Blade 03)
by Kelly McCullough

Description:

For six years, former temple assassin Aral Kingslayer has been living as a jack of the shadow trades, picking up odd jobs on the wrong side of the law. But the past is never dead, and Aral’s has finally caught up to him in the beautiful, dangerous form of Jax Seldansbane – a fellow Blade and Aral’s onetime fiancĂ©e.

Jax claims that the forces that destroyed everything Aral once held dear are on the move again, and she needs his help to stop them. But Aral has a new life now, with a fresh identity and new responsibilities. And while he isn’t keen on letting the past back in, the former assassin soon finds himself involved in a war that will leave him with no way out and no idea who to trust…

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Rating: (4.5/5)

Review:

Crossed Blades starts about a month or so after the previous book with Aral reuniting with his lost love Jax who he thought had died with the rest when their temple was destroyed and Goddess murdered. The story is a lot more dark than the previous volumes in the series, with a lot of focus on revenge & vengeance. There is a lot of double dealing in the book and you don’t always know who to trust as everyone has a hidden agenda. Not all is as it seems which requires you to pay attention to the plot & actions of each of the characters.

Aral’s dealings with Faran on the other hand are a treat, he is really unsure on how to handle a teenager who is also one of the best assassins around and has been surviving on her own for years. I like the fact that they don’t downplay her experiences even though they don’t go into a lot of details about it. I expect that they will cover them in future books.

The vengeance part of the story is pretty stark and some of the plot twists make it complicated to achieve. I really didn’t get the goal of the other main character (I am not going to name them as that would be moving into the spoiler territory) till the last chapter and I loved it. I think we will see them again in future books.

Looking forward to reading the next book in the series.

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