• Court of Assassins

  • The Ranger Archives, Book 1
  • By: Philip C. Quaintrell
  • Narrated by: Steven Brand
  • Length: 15 hrs and 43 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (813 ratings)

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By: Philip C. Quaintrell
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Publisher's Summary

Legend. Myth. Nightfall has long been rumored to be nothing more than whispers on the breeze.

If only it were so. In those halls of darkness, where children are taken from the world and given to shadow and dust, Asher is destined for that same fate. He will become the myth. He will become the legend. He will become the whisper of Death itself.

That which he was is dead; forgotten. Now he is a blade in the dark, a weapon to be wielded by his masters. A killer.

Yet, despite all his training and years of spilling blood, there is a crack in Asher’s conditioning. Something within him is broken, unbound even. A sliver of humanity has survived and dreams of freedom. Now, standing on a knife’s edge, his mind threatens to unravel, taking him from the only path he has ever known and away from the clutches of Nightfall.

It has never been done. Exile is not a choice. It is a death sentence.

But there is another life that calls to him, a life roaming the wilds and protecting the innocent from the monsters which would prey upon them. Hunting monsters, however, is no easy task, especially when Asher himself is hunted by those who would drag him back to Nightfall.

Back to the darkness.

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More Asher what’s not to like.

If you’re a fan Philip Quaintrell‘s writing then you won’t be disappointed. Moves at a reasonable pace. We don’t learn much new about Asher except how the Ranger gig got started. Funny thing about the first Ranger Asher meets. If you can do math you are given a strange feeling about the backstory that just doesn’t add up for this character is it an Easter egg I’m 72 years old and I’m not really sure what a Easter egg is. Poor Asher what a life he lived. If you think you have it tough Asher will make you laugh at yourself.

Good story with great plot twists with old and new characters. Prequel books often disappoint not this one. Stephen Brand is one of my favorite readers. Felt like putting on your favorite pair of Blue Jeans.

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hard to get through

I have not finished the book. I am still trying to get through the first half. I admit it is very difficult to keep listening. The narrator does a great job, but the story is so inconsistent. The main character is supposed to be this top-dog assassin from a mythical order of assassins, trained his whole life to be unstoppable, yet he is making mistake after mistake. He is never winning fights without some last minute attempt at basically getting lucky or just getting beat up until he decides to do something right. it's annoying. I don't expect everything to work perfect in a story, that would also be annoying, but I do expect a guy to do something correct when he has trained his whole life for it.

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Great read

I have listened to the Echoes Saga twice and loved it each time. I was so excited to listen to this start to a new trilogy. Loved this as well. The stories and characters are well written and stories so well thought out! Now I have to try to contain myself for the second book of the trilogy to come out!

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Love Asher

There's nothing like a good warrior story. I enjoyed getting to know more about one of my favorite bad gut heroes.

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Tough time finishing

The main protaganist's story line, is of a man who turns into a tramatized teen, by the end, is fighting on two fronts, his own person demons and redemption from his past. The title of the book caused me to think it would be a storyline about political intrigue within a kingdom, or a spy within a kingdom to dispatch political enemies or something along that tagline. Even with the misconceptions, it had no bearing on the review, a good story is a good story. Asher's fighting and magical ability as described from the onset make him seems as the supreme fighter, yet he is constantly doesn't want to use them. The narration was subpar for Steven Brand, it seemed as if he could never develop a flow for the story line or poor editing. Narration was clippy, uneven and unable to determine which character was speaking at times. Trying to finish the story, I increased playback speed to 1.10 and flow and timing improved dramatically. Could they have slowed the narration down to lengthen time and killed the story line. If I had increased speed at the onset, I feel the book would have been much more enjoyable.

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Another fantastic story

This author continues to deliver! This story is the best kind of fantasy. Classic, epic fun!

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love it!

love it love it love it love love it love it love it! I love asher its fantastic to read his story before the echoes saga so much love

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Excellent, as expected

Great read. Story is great.

Well worth reading. Did not disappoint.
Steven Brand makes this a pleasure to listen to.

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Great book

I started this series out of order but have enjoyed these as much as Dritzz.

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I really enjoyed this book. I am going to start the next one immediately. I do have to say I'm not crazy about the narrator. Steven Brand's voice is easy to listen to. that being said I wish he would try to find a way to distinguish between character voices. some times it was hard to figure out exactly who was talking during long dialogs. other than that the book was excellent.

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  • Jordan Kanz
  • 09-25-22

Maybe the best fantasy writer ever.

This is a blistering sequel to a firm favourite of mine.

Every now and again you fall in love with a book - this is that book. It hurts finishing it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-03-22

The making of a Witcher

Truth be told, I was expecting a different kind of book. Something that probably influences my rating. That being said; I get the vibes of the Witcher series. Not the style of writing but rather the whole ranger idea.

The book is not bad, but I don’t think I’ll pick up any more books in this series.

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  • Steve
  • 08-24-22

Outstanding - The Witcher meets John Wick

I loved this book.

I tried Philip C Quaintrall'S The Echoes Saga but it didn't quite hit the spot for me (too many elves for me). But this. This, really is my cup of tea. Romping adventures, big monsters, twists and turns, one of the best books of the year.

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  • Mr M W Long
  • 08-19-22

Wonderful

Excellent book giving to background you wanted...
super performance by Steven as the reader
pre ordered the next book cant wait

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-07-22

Great story and characters

A great story if a little derivative, if you know the Witcher stories, but nonetheless enjoyable and narrated with great skill by Steven Brand. I'm looking forward to getting the next book in the series 👍👍

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  • Good
  • 06-28-22

Amazing!

Great story as always, a lot of twists and turns and a great finish too! So much to enjoy with these amazing books and endless monsters/bad guys can be added to Asher’s life.

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  • m. kav
  • 05-21-22

brilliant

as always asher and his exploits never fails to impress,
looking forward to book 2

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  • Macmedal
  • 03-24-22

Like a pair of comfortable shoes

Asher without doubt was the best character within the previous chronicles. This further exploration of his past is a very welcome addition and doesn’t disappoint. Fast paced and with some good plot twists thrown in. A very welcome and comfortable addition to the series can’t wait for the next book !

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  • C Carey
  • 03-14-22

Enthralling

Cant wait for the next one. Always too much time between each book. C x

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  • Alexander Betz
  • 02-22-22

hooked afresh

After following the echoes saga as soon as the next books were released I was not sure how Philip could keep up the spark and fire of the characters in the prequels, after all their individual history and previous life was already told to good depths. Yet here we are court of assassins caught me right from the start and put me back in the familiar names, places and sounds while telling so many new things about the characters and places I am already waiting for the next book.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-15-22

worth the credit

the author as put a lot of effort into creating a main character with a lot of depth, which makes for book that keeps you interested

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  • Rachael
  • 10-06-22

Clean and clever.

Proves you can write an excellent story without the need of adding offensive language and crude content. Really enjoyed it.

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  • Grant
  • 03-08-22

Outstanding

Loved it. Another brilliant book from Phillip. He never fails to deliver. A great prequel for the Echo's series

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  • Boris
  • 01-31-22

amazing

great prelude to the main series, I believe this story is superior to the main storyline

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  • Rhys H.
  • 01-29-22

Great start to a prequel series

I mean it's more Asher, what's not to love.

It's also very friendly for people that haven't yet read the Echoes Saga, and doesn't require any prior knowledge

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-28-22

More Asher is always a good thing

Very enjoyable, looking forward to the rest of this series!

if you enjoyed the echoes saga, this is a good back story.