I read Age of Assassins this summer and absolutely loved it — that book also led me to Barker’s latest book in a new series, The Bone Ships. I picked up Blood of Assassins the other month and while I didn’t love it as much as the previous book, I thought it was a fantastic sequel.
Regardless of how much I manage to read in a given week, month, or year, I always seem to be behind the times in some way. There are so many authors and series that I feel like I’m missing out on, and R. J. Barker's Wounded Kingdom was one of them. Despite having heard so many great things about his books, particularly from my lovely friend Bethan at The Fantasy Hive, I had never picked up any of them up until now. I decided to fix this and I’m so happy I did! Age of Assassins is firmly sat on my ‘why didn’t I read this sooner?’ shelf alongside books like City of Stairs and Jade City.