Publisher: S.B. Sebrick
Publish Date: September 2, 2011
Origins: From Author for Review
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Synopsis: The last few grueling years of training have served Kaltor well. He’s learned to harness the magic within his body, overcome a stronger opponent, avoid capture, and everything else an assassin-in-training needs to survive.
Or so he thought.
But when those they protect at an excavation site release a demon from the Abyss itself, Kaltor realizes just how poorly prepared they all are for what’s coming. Within a single night, their mining camp of one thousand people plummets to a couple hundred terrified survivors, the majority turned against each other by the demon’s potent abilities. Then she turns towards Shaylis, the largest city in the region, for the next stage of her plan.
In a constant battle of both steel and strategy Kaltor and his friends struggle to delay, deceive and defeat their opponent, who’s spent the last thousand years planning out every detail of her assault to perfection. As the number of casualties mounts and her final plan comes to light, Kaltor is left with only one option. He must draw on the secret power within himself, knowing if his true identity is discovered, his life and the fate of the world, will be changed forever.
Review: Decoy has a slow start, but this is because of the deceptively intricate character- and world-building the author is doing in the beginning…it is well worth the wait to get to the action! Once the foundation was built, Decoy shot ahead full steam. Not only was there a ton of action, but the characters came to be ones you cared about. The villains were wickedly evil and assassins are a subject you don’t always read about often in novels – and root for! The family dynamics were spot on between Kaltor and his parents and I can see their relationship paralleling a lot of real life situations children and adults find themselves in. The system of magic the author created in Decoy is phenomenal and detailed. I hope we see a lot more of Kaltor and his adventures in the future!
Assassin's Rising series: Decoy (1), Deluge (2)