The Assassin's Blade

THE ASSASSIN'S BLADE

Book One of the Assassin Without a Name Series

The Assassin's Blade (A Tale of the Assassin Without a Name #1-7)

About the Book

I had a name once, same as everyone else, but after one glorious night of murder it was no longer safe to use. Small sacrifice for ensuring my sister's safety, I figured. So now I don't use one. In my line of work, it's not necessary anyway. What is my line of work? Murder, of course, though I fancy myself more than just an assassin. Gentleman, thief, wine connoisseur, adventurer, a man of a thousand names and none. I'm all of those things and more.

My life was about as normal as one could hope until one particular job came along. Kill the artificer, steal the plans, make an exchange. Simple enough, until a band of fanatical priests ambushed and tried to kill me. Turns out the plans have something to do with a source of dark energy. The priests aren't the only ones interested in it, either. I've no interest in being a hero, but I'll do whatever I have to do to keep my city—and my sister—safe. There's already blood on my hands. What's a little more?


Enter a world of intrigue, adventure, magic, technology, and, of course, murder, as the Assassin Without a Name finds himself embroiled in a secret war where all is lost no matter who wins.

The Assassin's Blade is a compilation of the first seven Assassin Without a Name fantasy adventure stories. It includes:

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Book cover for Killing the Dead
Book cover for Night of Zealotry
Book cover for The Goddard Affair
Book cover for Thief's Gambit
Book cover for Assassin's Justice
Book cover for Witch's Imperative

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Wine List

Most wines in the Assassin Without a Name series are fictitious, though many are based on characteristics found in the many wines of our world.

Barmeda sherry

A dry, light, and smooth sherry with a slightly salty tang.

Crusus Sabeler

A sweet white with a fine bouquet and nutty flavor. A member of the shiraz family of wines. The best shiraz wines come from grapes grown in terraced vineyards.

Mullender

A dry red.

Characters

Abelard Whitfield

Trader, vintner.

Ao-utet

Jakaree priest. Second to Onius.

Aravar Tillwood

An artificer.

Ashunde Roe

Bishop, necromancer.

Assassin Without a Name

Witty assassin with a penchant for murder and fine wine. True identity unknown.

Atticus Drake

A founding member of the Progressive Society.

Brady Marsh

A thief.

Braeden

Thief's apprentice. Member of Alchester's thieves' guild.

Darius Vilhelm

A noted businessman known for his negotiating skills.

Elizabeth West

A thief. Former love interest of the Assassin Without a Name.

Evelyn

Owner of Mullin's Pawn Shop.

Father Kem

A priest who believes that even the truly lost can be saved.

Falofogus

Warder imperator.

Geoffrey Belford

Captain of the Black Guard.

Gwendolyn Morgan (Goddard)

A member of the Progressive Society. Wife of Reynold Morgan.

Kaileesh

A sly Southlander.

Malakai

All around scallawag. Informer.

Mason Gould

The Assassin Without a Name's brother-in-law.

Mathilda

A witch. Her familiar is a raven named You.

Nathaniel Manes

Warder compulsor.

Olivia Gould

The Assassin Without a Name's sister.

Onius

Leader of the Jakaree.

Ophelia

Proprietor of The Lazy Minstrel.

Qess Lendin

Combat engineer working for the Progressive Society.

Raed Lendin

Combat engineer working for the Progressive Society.

Reubin Kariaktos

Mentor and teacher to the Assassin Without a Name.

Reynold Morgan

Gentleman founder of the Progressive Society. Brother of Gwendolyn Morgan (Goddard).

Ridlin

Owner of Ridlin's Den.

Saminid

The Keeper. Collector of rare tomes and documents.

Samuel

Atticus Drake's driver.

Tate

Professor working on projects for the Progressive Society.

Thjorn "Heavyhammer" Targalas

Leader of Alchester's Thieves' Guild.

Thomas Thornton

A trader, gentleman adventurer, and one-time alias used by the Assassin Without a Name.

Walter Goddard

Gentleman, founding member of the Progressive Society.

William Wright

Inspector of the King's Magistrates.

You

A crow who isn't particularly fond of the Assassin Without a Name. Mathilda's familiar.

Places

Alchester

The capital city of Kallendor. At the direction of King Classus, Alchester has become the hub for Kallendor's airship adoption, including development and research as well as an evergrowing infrastructure for commerce by air.

Barmeda

A small Seacean vineyard located close to the western outlet of the Bay of Lochwell. Known for their exquisite sherry.

The Groggery

A hole-in-the-wall grogshop buried beneath a dilapidated tenement.

Kallendor

The Land of the Horse Lords is a place of grassy plains, wooded glens, and meadows. Kallendorans are a proud people: strong, noble, and dignified. Though many make their way in life as farmers, merchants, shepherds, and cavalry soldiers, as a people they have cultivated superior skills and experience as horse breeders. The horse is central to their lives; more than a few profess to have learned to ride before learning to walk. Many see the advance of technology as a threat to their traditional way of life, though its adoption seems inevitable given their king's support for it. Kallendor is one of the four fiefdoms created after the fall of the high king five hundred years ago.

Lady Bellum's

Tavern with a pleasant atmosphere.

Lady Smither’s Bathhouse

A bathhouse.

The Lazy Minstrel

A shat hole-in-the-wall tavern run by a woman named Ophelia.

Lockley’s Depository

A bank.

The Mulling Mule

A wineshop of dubious quality.

Mullin’s Pawn Shop

A pawn shop whose owner, Evelyn, isn't above delving into the black market when there's money to be made.

Pannernine’s

A wineshop.

Ridlin’s Den

Part gaming hall, part grogshop, all cesspit. Owned by Ridlin.

The Shambles

The seediest of boroughs in Alchester. Not a place for decent people or even indecent ones.

Sample Stories

Read the first story in the series, Fine Wine (Tales of the Assassin Without a Name #1), for free.

Abelard has made enemies. The Assassin Without a Name is sent to deal with him. But death isn't always the answer.

Read Fine Wine in its entirety

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