The Fallen Blade series starts with Broken Blade.
Aral Kingslayer was an assassin once upon a time, perhaps the best in the world, one of the fabled Blades of Namara, goddess of Justice. With his familiar, a living shadow named Triss, at his side, he killed for a cause, never for money. Life was hard but good.
That was before. Before they murdered his goddess and burned her temple to the ground. Before they outlawed his kind. Before the wanted posters and the sentence of death. Before his life fell apart and he crawled into the whiskey bottle.
Now he’s a shadow jack, a free lance problem solver who makes his living out of odd jobs on the wrong side of the law. He doesn’t much like what he’s become, and Triss likes it even less, but Aral doesn’t see any way out. Not until a young woman named Maylien hires him to deliver a secret message.
A simple enough job. Or is it? When Aral delivers the message, he gets the biggest surprise of his new life, and maybe, just maybe, the chance to forge a future where he won’t have to be ashamed of himself.
The second book of the series, Bared Blade, will be released in June of 2012.
What do you do when your goddess is murdered? If you’re a former temple assassin with a huge price on your head like Aral Kingslayer, you go into the shadow jack business, solving problems and doing odd jobs on the fringes of the underworld in Tien. It’s a long step down from killing kings for the Goddess of Justice, but at least it provides Aral and Triss, the living shadow who is his secret partner, with a reason to get up in the morning.
Unfortunately, it’s not a very noble reason. Which might be why they decide to help when a pair of young women hit a rough spot in the bar Aral uses for an office. But the minor tough who’s harassing the pair turns out to be the least of their problems, and Aral and Triss are soon sucked into the middle of a three-way battle to find a missing artifact that just might be the key to preventing a war between nations and species.
Before the situation is resolved Aral and Triss will know more than they ever wanted to about the beautiful but alien Others known as the Durkoth and their underground kingdoms, the equally strange dual-bodied Dyad sorcerers who rule the city-state of Kodamia, and even the internal politics of Tien’s own warring authorities. They’ll also attract a lot more attention than anyone whose name appears on ten thousand wanted posters can easily afford.
The series continues with Crossed Blades, coming in December of 2012.
What do you say when the woman you once loved tells you she needs your help?
That’s the question Aral has to answer. They used to call him Kingslayer. He was an assassin and sorcerer in the service of Namara—one of her Blades of Justice. Then his goddess was murdered, her temple destroyed, and her followers slain or driven into hiding.
For six years Aral’s been living as a jack of the shadow trades, picking up odd jobs on the wrong side of the law and trying to stay out of sight. But the past is never dead, and Aral’s has finally caught up to him in the shape of Jax Seldansbane. Aral’s onetime fiancée and a fellow Blade, Jax is beautiful, dangerous, and desperate.
The forces that destroyed Namara and everything that Aral once held dear are on the move again, and Jax says she needs Aral’s help to stop them. Aral has a new life now, with a fresh identity and new responsibilities. Not least of which is taking care of and training another pair of refugees from the fall of Namara, a young woman named Faran and Ssithra her shadow familiar.
But forces bigger than anything Aral has faced since the death of his goddess are at work, and Jax is only the first piece of Aral’s past that will come back to haunt him. Before he knows it, he’s being sucked back into an assassin’s war that will leave him with no way out and no idea who to trust.