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    Jon Courtenay Grimwood(Author)

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A violent attack on Lady Giulietta’s son forces Tycho from his new-found happiness and back into the treacherous intrigue of the court. For Giulietta’s sake he would go to the world’s end to track down those responsible. As Venice teeters on the brink of civil war, its feuding families prepare to discover who is a player and who a pawn in the coming struggle for power. The Exiled Blade is the climactic finale to Tycho’s story. Praise for THE ASSASSINI TRILOGY ‘An alternative world that lays down its own historical strata . . . the writing is spare and detached; the society described is brutal and sadistic’ - Times Literary Supplement ‘Gritty, grimy, decadent and compelling’ - Sunday Times ‘The writing is elegant, the dialogue razor sharp, the characters drawn economically but effectively, and the action is unrelenting’ - SciFi Now (five-star review) ‘Conjures up the city so vividly that you can almost touch the place’ - SFX

"A splendid novel that combines the best elements of metaphysical horror and escapist yarn"―SFX on The Outcast Blade"Grimwood adroitly combines a satisfying complexity with visceral detail and bouts of astounding violence, knit together by suitably Machiavellian intrigue."―Kirkus Reviews on The Fallen Blade"Sharp as a stiletto, dark and dazzling as a masquerade. Grimwood's Venice is totally compelling."―Mike Carey on The Fallen Blade"Gritty, grimy, decadent and compelling"―Sunday Times (UK) on The Fallen Blade"The climax is quick moving and vivid - this is a real page-turner."―RT Book Reviews (4-1/2 Stars) on The Fallen Blade --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title. John Courtenay Grimwood's novels Felaheen and End of the World Blues, won the BSFA Award for Best Novel. He has been shortlisted twice for the Arthur C. Clarke Award, and shortlisted for the British Fantasy Award, the August Derleth Award (UK), John W Campbell Memorial Award (US), among other awards. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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  • By UTX Reader on May 7, 2013

    I was so thrilled when I saw this book on the shelves at my local book store that I immediately went home and bought it on my Kindle. Over the first 2 books, I had been ensnared by Tycho, Giuliette, Aunt Alexa and the not so simple Marco. I was eager to see how they would continue to change and grow and how the author would wrap up this story. Let me say first, the kindle edition was plagued by some annoying editing mistakes. Commas were missing through out, which really interfered with my reading enjoyment of the story. I hope this is fixed in an update.As for the story itself, the first half of the book is strong. I don't want to give anything away but after a critical plot point occurs that forces Tycho to leave Vienna and Giuliette, things start to get shakey. And later, after the loss of another pivatol character, the story weakens further. All I can say without giving anything away is that the second part of the story lacks heart and is far too full of battle scenes. There are some other plot contrivances that happen when Tycho meets some mythical creatures in a cave that really didn't have to occur and feel utterly out of place.So many things go wrong for me in the second half of this book. Giuliette's character becomes very flat and two dimentional, Amelia is wasted, and nothing new happens with Tycho. Several plot lines from previous books are never addressed again. And the ending. The ending is simply abrupt, contrived and unsatisfactory on some levels. I was expecting a big pay off for my journey with Tycho and Giuliette and I didn't get it. I was expecting to see a new evolution in Tycho and didn't get that.I know this review is vague but what you are feeling is how I was feeling at the end of the story. Like, is that it? Honestly, the last half of the book felt rushed, as if the goal was just to get something out and tie things up in bow even if that had to happen artificially. So yes, at the end of the journey, I am disappointed. But of course, you still have to read it if you have read the 2 previous books. The second book is still the strongest, like the second movie in the original Star Wars trilogy.I still thank JG for Tycho. He is still one of the most interesting characters I have encountered. I will miss him.

  • By zeesstof on February 14, 2018

    Passion, intrigue, violence, history and fantasy. A potent mix and superbly written! I enjoyed the Pashazade trilogy so much that I doubted this trilogy could compete. I was wrong.

  • By Michael A. Schumann on January 20, 2014

    I was happy to get yet another chance to visit Venice with the various characters in this series. The story in this sequel does not disappoint but I am still feeling that we should all hope to hear from Tycho and Company again. As Tycho is not going to age, but others in the storyline will, I would think something like a twenty year jump ahead could be interesting. Failing that, perhaps some plots centered on the other characters in shorter time blocks. But this just CANNOT be the End - I Hope, I Hope.

  • By David Martin on August 25, 2016

    Loved the series. Get all three and read in order. It's really one long book.

  • By Jeff Pruett on October 16, 2013

    Another in the fantasy series set in a Renaissance Venice that never existed. Good, fast plot development and strong characters.

  • By Paul Walmark on May 4, 2013

    Why 5 stars? 'Cos this guy's brilliant, that's why. The last thing I read by him was Neo Addix, anextraordinary look at a dystopian future. When I started the Assassini series, I knew he'd done it again, only this time in Renaissance Venice. An amazingly realized re-creation, complete with werewolves, and war wolves from the wilds of Germany/Prussia, and a hero ya gotta love. Grimwood's attention to detail is nothing short of beautiful. His descriptions of Venice, the fashions of the day and life in the city are beyond authentic. The plot? Masterful. I'm not even going to start to talk about it. Read the book, unravel it, string by string. It's a real treat. Part supernatural thriller, part political intrigue, part romance, with characters you'll love to hate, and vice versa. Having read, I think, everything Jon Courtenay Grimwood has written so far, I eagerly await his next, knowing he'll probably yank the string in a whole other direction. And for me, that's the mark of a great writer.

  • By workshopmonkey on May 7, 2014

    This book mainly acted for me as a start for more exciting adventures ahead. We all knew already mostly what sort of thing should happen. Enjoyed the little bit at the end, can't wait for their next adventure

  • By Edward L. Bialer on June 26, 2013

    The book deliveres a good read and understanding of Venice in th 15th century.a good book to read on a rainy day.


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