My incredibly infrequent, (supposedly) weekly, post, ‘Short Read Sunday’, returns …and hopefully doesn’t vanish again for so long this time. My main problem is that I have been reading so many short story collections and not enough individual ones like this. I suppose I could simply break them apart like I did with the Stephen King collection I reviewed previously. Ah well, that’s a problem for another Sunday. On with the review.
Vyder Ironstone is an assassin with a troubled past. At the order of his king, Vyder must undertake his most dangerous mission yet. A mission from which he may never return.
If he is successful, it might just be enough to alleviate war tearing the kingdom apart.
The prospect of failure is not worth considering.
Author: Kieth McArdle
Publisher: Kieth McArdle
Release Date: 22/12/2013
My Chosen Format: Kindle
My Rating for ‘Assassin’: 2 out of 5
This was a really strange one for me to review. I know, the score I gave it was a mere 2 out of 5. You’d expect it to be really bad, right? Well, it isn’t. The writing is good and the ending to the story really does intrigue me as to where it’s going. Enough that, if I didn’t have such a huge reading list that I may well hop on and read the series. Here’s why it only scored a 2:
To me, an assassin should use a multitude of weapons, skills and techniques in order to finish his task in as silent and efficient a way as possible. Vyder, supposedly an assassin, kills his mark in the most un-interesting and un-assassiny way imaginable. I said ‘supposedly an assassin’ and I mean that. The author tells me he is one. But what the author shows the reader is a bar-room brawling drunk with enough money to have a maid looking after his home and nothing more.
Admittedly, I have said that a good few points of the story are pretty good. But, for me, if I can’t enjoy a character than that detracts just as much, if not more, than a bad end or a poor story. Sounds like Vyder is just a mercenary/sell-sword rather than an assassin.
I didn’t feel intrigued by his character towards the end. I am intrigued to see where the series goes as the author set that up well. I’m just not intrigued by Vyder. At all. This could well just be me expecting more than I got and anyone else who reads this short story may well enjoy it far more than I did. I only wish I liked it more.