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Assassins galore or reviews of Unveiled and Cameo

Unveiled by Trisha Wolfe (novelette)


Synopsis from Goodreads
Amongst the wasteland lies the gleaming city of Karm. A Camelot-esque utopia built from the ashes of a dying world.

Seventeen-year-old Fallon is no daughter of Karm.

She's its assassin.

Raised by a secret society of rebels, she's bent on bringing down the king's sham of an existence. But her first mark, one of the king's top knights of the Force, makes her question everything. Even her heart. 

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It's totally my fault that when I bought this story I thought it to be a novel. In reality it's a short story and a very good teaser sample of Trisha's writing.

The writing just flows and the post-apocalyptic world is very peculiar and interesting. City of Karm is King's deranged idea of safe heaven as Camelot, with balls, feasts, knights and ladies in beautiful gowns

Rebels want to explore the world outside Karm, the forbidden technology, the marvels of medicine of the past and the prohibited sciences.

Fallon grew up with the rebels and had been trained as an assassin all her life. For her graduation she has to kill her first mark - one of the king's knights, but seeing how young and different he is from the rest of the knights, hearing his thoughts, she starts questioning the reasons for his assassination, and soon the couple join their forces to investigate why it's so important to kill this guy.

It's a pity there won't be a proper length story on the basis of Unveiled, but I'm still looking forward to Trisha's steampunk novel coming out in 2012.

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Совсем неплохая короткая новелла.

Фаллон 17 лет, и она всю свою жизнь тренировалась на ассассина в лагере мятежников.  В пост-апокалиптичном мире будущего люди живут в городе Карм, по сумасшедшей идее короля, превращённом в некий Камелот с рыцарями, дамами, нарядами, балами и прекрасными нарядами.

Технология запрещена, медицина не исследуется, различные науки наподобии астрономии изучать нельзя.

Мятежники хотят свергнуть короля и изменить будущее. Фаллон приказано уничтожить одного из рыцарей короля, но увидев насколько он молод и насколько прогрессивны его взгляды она задумывается над тем почему мятежникам необходимо его убрать, и вскоре пара объединяет усилия и начинает расследование.


Cameo The Assassin by Dawn McCullough-White (Trilogy of Shadows series #1)


Synopsis from Goodreads
The Kingdom of Sieunes is rife with taverns, dirty streets, and clay pipe smoking citizens all toiling to feed their families and keep themselves in something little better than rags. With a foiled revolution just ten years prior still burning in the hearts of many, the royals enlist the aid of assassins to keep things in order.

The townsfolk entertain themselves by dreaming of better times to come and regaling in stories of the undead said to walk the graveyards at night... and of Cameo the killer with corpse-like eyes... Scarred and jaded Cameo is one of the most effective assassins in the employ of the Association, moving from one mission to the next as long as the alcohol keeps flowing.

Her acceptance of the murder-for-hire lifestyle is thrown into doubt when she meets a local highwayman with a penchant for fine clothes and women, and then she begins to think about breaking with the company but no one ever breaks with the Association under good terms.

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This was such a fun romp! Perfect book to break the monotony of reading the same genre.

The setting of the story is some sort of fantasy/alternative history with kings, aristocracy, knights, sun cult, assassins and plenty of superstitions and fairy-tales.

Cameo is an assassin whose mission goes all wrong after a highwayman stops the carriage she is travelling in. A unique sort of circumstances brings Cameo and Black Opal (the highwayman) together on a very dangerous journey, losing and acquiring friends and enemies along the road.

What stood out for me in this story is that Cameo and Black Opal both are not your typical protagonists. Cameo is a legendary scary assassin whose name simple folks use to frighten their children. She is not beautiful at all, but dark, lonely and eery.

Opal has poor vision, is scarred by pockmarks, which he covers by heavily powdering his face and wearing ridiculously foppish clothes. He is also not young and kills easily. But the guy is devilishly charming and thinks that Cameo is beautiful.

I couldn't help laughing visualising this pair. Because they are so imperfect, they are very lively. The same can be said about secondary characters who are just as vivid. 

The whole book come to life very easily, and becomes a fast read. There are also plenty of unresolved mysteries in the end which make you want to read book #2. 

Very much recommended.

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Весёлая книжка с очень необычными характерами. Очень рекомендую если вам необходима передышка между различными жанрамию

Мир выстроен в жанре реалистичного фэнтэзи с королями, аристократами, рыцарями, священниками культа Солнца и Гильдией Ассассинов.

Камео - одна из легендарных ассассинов Гильдии, именем которого родители пугают своих детишек.

Её очередная миссия летит ко всем чертям когда на карету, в которой она путешествует нападают разбойники. Странная череда обстоятельств складывается так, что судьба снова сводит Камео с парой грабителей, в компании которых она набирает и теряет новых друзей и врагов.

Что отличает эту книгу от многих других - это необычная пара главных героев.

Камео - не красавица, у неё пугающая внешность, она одинока и очень нелюдима. У Чёрного Опала угреватое лицо, которое он обильно посыпает пудрой, он немолод и носит смехотворно яркие наряды дэнди. Однако одно не отберёшь у разбойника - он чертовски очарователен. Из-за своего плохого зрения, Опал почему-то считает Камео красавицей.
По-моему объединяет этих двоих только одно, - они оба убивают с лёгкостью и не страдают угрызениями совести. 

Из-за явного несовершенства персонажей история получилась очень живой и задорной, даже второстепенные герои совершенно не скучные. Темп тоже довольно живой, в конце множество тайн остаётся нераскрытыми, чтобы читатель быстренько подобрал вторую книгу :) 

Очень рекомендую.

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