The Penitent Assassin

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For Mallor, assassination is a way of life. Through death, he survives and he lives for revenge. With a past he can’t forget and a future he has little hope to enjoy, the present is all he has. Using an old identity to hunt old foes, he quickly learns he's not the only hunter in the city but this time, if he fails, he knows death isn't the worst thing he'll face. More

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Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
Published: Aug. 26, 2011
Words: 134,410
Language: English
ISBN: 9781465950260
About Shawn Wickersheim

Shawn Wickersheim lives in historic Woodstock Illinois with his wife and children. He is currently hard at work editing his next fantasy novel. The Penitent Assassin is his first ebook.

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Review by: geraldo on March 13, 2012 : star star star star star
A well written journey filled with twists and turns by the dozens!! I look forward with great anticipation to Shawn's next adventure!!!!
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Walter Shuler on Oct. 18, 2011 : star star star star star
The Penitent Assassin is definitely a dark fantasy, but there's plenty of (dark) humor scattered throughout, as well. This was an excellent read - it's been a very long time since I've read a book that managed to surprise me, but TPA managed it not once, but several times :)

Between revenge, genocide, murder, thievery, lust and murky plots, the book is fast-paced, engaging and very well worth a read.

The characters are rich, the land's history is well developed and the setting is definitely ripe for a sequel. I'm definitely hoping to read more from Shawn, whether in Mallor's world or in another one yet to be dreamed up.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Kimberly Pauley on Oct. 11, 2011 : star star star star star
If you read one dark fantasy this year, let it be this one. The main character is engaging, defiant and oh-so flawed, but you love him regardless. There's murder, mayhem, gods & goddesses, love & hate...but most of all, I really liked the humorous touches that help to keep the story grounded (it's not a total gore fest or anything). The author has done an excellent job with his worldbuilding, including a complicated mythology surrounding the gods. Definitely worth a read.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Kimberly Pauley on Oct. 11, 2011 : star star star star star
If you read one dark fantasy this year, let it be this one. The main character is engaging, defiant and oh-so flawed, but you love him regardless. There's murder, mayhem, gods & goddesses, love & hate...but most of all, I really liked the humorous touches that help to keep the story grounded (it's not a total gore fest or anything). The author has done an excellent job with his worldbuilding, including a complicated mythology surrounding the gods. Definitely worth a read.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Lj Metz on Sep. 18, 2011 : star star star star star
The Penitent Assassin is a nonstop fantasy adventure that is definitely dark, but at times, also laugh-out-loud funny. Wickersheim may be a new author, but he has a wicked way with words, world building, and creating memorable lines and characters. He weaves just the right amount of magic and mayhem, as well as plenty of sex, lust, and greed. I look forward to seeing what else he has to offer!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

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