Robert V. S. Redick is the author of the Chathrand Voyage Quartet (The Red Wolf Conspiracy and sequels), among the most beloved and critically acclaimed epic fantasy series of recent years. An instructor in the Stonecoast MFA program and an environmental justice consultant, he has lived and worked in Indonesia, Argentina, Colombia, and many other countries. Master Assassins (Talos Press, 2018), the first book in The Fire Sacraments trilogy, was a finalist for the European Booknest Award for Best Novel, and was featured on numerous Best of the Year lists. He lives with his partner in Western Massachusetts.
Praise for Sidewinders Master Assassins was one of the top 2 or 3 books I've read in the past decade, so [Sidewinders] had a LOT to live up to. And it did a fantastic job--I pity the next book I read having to struggle out of the shadow of this tome... Redick has built something magnificent here. --Mark Lawrence Sidewinders is a triumph in every single way to its predecessor and one of the richest worlds you can find in the fantasy genre today... Revisiting the desert lands of Urrath is the equivalent of rediscovering a long-lost passion. --Under The Radar SFF Books Praise for Master Assassins This book has everything I love: Clean, crisp worldbuilding. Characters that live and breathe. A story that teases and surprises me. I like Master Assassins so much I wish I'd written it, but deep down, I know I couldn't have written it this well. --#1 New York Times bestselling author Patrick Rothfuss The prose is spectacularly good. Your adrenaline will flow. Your emotions will be toyed with. You will find yourself drawn in, turning the pages and worrying that fewer and fewer remain. I read a lot of good books. Quite a few very good books. This is one of the rare 6-star series openers I've encountered. --Mark Lawrence, author of Prince of Thorns and Red Sister Robert Redick really nailed this one. What a great story! Fascinating plot and characters, and all of the author's formidable skills at play. I cannot wait to read the next one. --New York Times bestselling author Terry Brooks Redick's powers of invention in this book are superb. He manages to reinvigorate his chosen mode of heroic fantasy by sheer force of description, his language always muscular, vibrant and well-calculated. The cast of characters is vast and believable . . . A hell of a ride. --Paul di Filippo, Asimov's An exquisitely written mix of heart-stopping action, masterful storytelling, and enchantment. Redick is a gifted wordsmith with a ferocious imagination. Master Assassins will produce many sleepless nights. I guarantee it. --New York Times bestselling author Mira Bartok A blazingly smart thrill-ride of an adventure. The world of Master Assassins is deep, mysterious, terrifying, and utterly real, and I'll follow Redick's heroes, the mismatched brothers Kandri and Mektu, wherever they go in it. I can't recommend this book highly enough. --Daryl Gregory, author of Spoonbenders Redick's long-awaited return to fantasy is the start of a truly satisfying epic. --B&N Sci-Fi and Fantasy Blog, The Best Science Fiction & Fantasy Books of 2018 So Far Subtle and layered, evocative and true. --Michelle West, Fantasy & Science Fiction magazine With spare, sharp-edged prose, Redick balances his rollicking adventure story against a tale of love and uneasy brotherhood, offering a thrilling glimpse into a world both haunting and haunted. His finest work to date. --Jedediah Berry, author of The Manual of Detection An at once engrossing, entertaining and superlative read. The world building is epic and the characters developed well within the movement. I look forward to this series and the continuation of the Brothers Hinjuman quest. --Koeur's Book Reviews [A] taut, deftly-plotted story. . . carries the drama and suspense without collapsing the weight of building a world and setting up a few more books' worth of storyline. --B&N Sci-Fi & Fantasy Blog Though it is only April 6th, and there are many books left to read this year, Master Assassins has cemented itself in AT LEAST my top 3 books of the year, maybe even #1. It is that good. . . . I recommend Master Assassins to everyone. Period. --FanFiAddict, 5/5 Stars