The Ghost in Exile
by Jamie Marchant
GENRE: High Fantasy
The Ghost is going to hell. Not even the goddess can forgive his sins: assassin, oath-breaker, traitor (an affair with the queen earned him that title). No one can ever learn the princess is his daughter. To keep this secret, he flees to the land that turned him from a simple stable groom into an infamous killer.
His mission now? To find evildoers and take them to hell with him. But when an impulsive act of heroism saddles him with a damsel who refuses to be distressed, her resilience forces him to questions why he really ran from his daughter.
The Ghost in Exile: https://www.amazon.com/Ghost-Exile-Korthlundian-Kronicle/dp/0997862424/
“I think you’ve done enough, you rutting swine,” a harsh voice commanded. “Stand up and turn around. Slowly.” Certain he was about to die, Ahearn eased himself out of the queen and stood.
He turned to find Lord Caedmon holding the sword on him. Behind Caedmon, Duke Connor, the king’s chancellor, approached, accompanied by two vicious dogs. “You should have let him finish, son,” Duke Connor said. “It isn’t good for a man’s health to be left in that condition.”
“His health is of little concern now that he’s completed his service to his country,” Caedmon grunted.
Ahearn didn’t understand what they were talking about. He wanted to fall to his knees and beg for mercy. But why humiliate himself when he had no hope for leniency? He licked his lips and looked at Fenella, who’d wrapped the blanket around herself. She looked far more angry than frightened. Maybe she didn’t understand the consequences of what they’d just been caught doing. “Don’t hurt her, please,” he whispered.
Duke Connor laughed. “Hurt Her Majesty? I wouldn’t think of it. She is carrying Korthlundia’s future—His Majesty’s long-awaited heir.”
“Like hell I am.” Fenella jumped to her feet. “Solar is a wrinkled old man. He hasn’t been able to do it in months. This baby,”—she touched her stomach, still smooth and flat—“isn’t his.”
Wow! I can't tell you how much I really loved this story! I've never read anything by this author before, and I am now a true fan! Masterfully written, the story flows smoothly, slowly revealing more and more about The Ghost and how he became a master of assassination, while still keeping touch with the present. A master assassin that's almost legendary, The Ghost goes by many names and different disguises and can literally just walk up and kill his target in plain sight without ever being noticed. Horribly scarred inside and out, he has only loved truly once and after having his heart stomped on and his life thrown away in a faraway place, he has only ever felt emotion for few people in his life. After he rescues an abducted and enslaved foreigner, he tries to do good for once and take her back to her children. They face many trials together along the way and become partners of a sort after he teaches her how to defend herself. Along their journey, we get flashbacks into The Ghost's past and how he was drafted in a foreign army far way from home only to become one of the greatest assassins that ever lived. While he sounds like a ruthless, heartless character, after learning his story, I couldn't help but really fall in love with him and really felt for all the horrible trials he had to go through. I really, truly enjoyed this story and found myself quite unable to put this book down! I almost pulled an all nighter staying up to read it and forgot I was even tired and supposed to go to bed! I did not regret it! This story was utterly amazing and full of details, emotions and adventure that had be completely absorbed! I absolutely recommend this book to anybody and everybody that likes adventure, fantasy. historical or just a really great book!
Jamie Marchant is the author of the epic fantasy series, The Kronicles of Korthlundia. Her novels include The Goddess's Choice, The Soul Stone, and The Ghost in Exile. Her short fiction has been published in the anthologies--Urban Fantasy and Of Dragons & Magic: Tales of the Lost Worlds—and in Bards & Sages, The World of Myth, A Writer’s Haven, and Short-story.me. She lives in Auburn, Alabama, with her husband and four cats, which (or so she’s been told) officially makes her a cat lady. She teaches writing and literature at Auburn University. She is the mother of a grown son.