Monday, January 14, 2013

Review - Decoy by S.B. Sebrick

What prize is worth forty years of your life?

Success or blood-filled failure hangs on seventeen-year-old Kaltor’s answer. The demon, Melshek, outmatches him at every conflict within the city of Shaylis. He possesses countless victims faster than any disease can spread. In a bitter twist of fate, they are forced to help enslave or kill those they cherish most.

Kaltor must reach beyond his assassin training to find the power to defeat this foe. But drawing additional strength from an ancient family secret, and even trading away half his life to amplify his powers, might not be enough to stop the demon.

Their fates are decided in a desperate duel of hardened steel against demonic claws. Kaltor must stop the demon before he spreads any further. If not, the city, the country, and then the world, succumbs to Melshek’s will.

4 stars

What's not to love in a fantasy book about assassins?  I read the blurb and was very excited to check this one out and extremely psyched to see there were several books in the series available so if I liked it I could go straight through.

The main character, Kaltor, starts off in mortal danger and Sebrick uses it to introduce some of the special abilities that the assassins harness.  It is also revealed that Kaltor must hide his true abilities from all of the others in the area or give away a major secret.

There were some parts that I wish I had a little bit more info about certain aspects of this book, but as the story unfolds more and more questions get answered.  The story unfolds well with some interesting enemies coming to the front and a way for the special skills of assassins to be especially useful in the combat.  There were also some fairly strong secondary characters in Kaltor's friends and family.

This is a series that I am interested in following to see what Sebrick will bring out next.

Pick up your copy on Amazon.

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