This is a really intriguing book. A Young Adult novel written by a young adult. Here is an excerpt from the first Chapter:
Slide the knife between the third and fourth rib.
Neil’s father’s words rang in his ears as he pulled his dark, ornate hood
over his head and raised his cloth mask to cover his mouth and nose.
He knew all Taurlum had several weak spots on their bodies, but only one
was vulnerable enough to cause an instant kill. All he needed to do was
thrust his knife directly between the ribs (the third and fourth ribs, he
reminded himself ) and straight through the heart. Neil’s father had
taught him this trick on his tenth birthday. It had been one of the more
He spent a moment adjusting his mask, making sure his face would
remain concealed. Not that it really mattered; during the middle of the
day, the mask would do little to camouflage him. Any Taurlum would
spot a Vapros like him from a mile away. The disguise had been given to
him mostly for the sake of preserving his identity. Nobody needed to
know which Vapros boy had made the kill.
There are some really intriguing story elements in the first chapter. though comparison to The Game of Thrones is probably inevitable, I found the concept to have very unique traits and characters that I wanted to know more about.
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