Kings and Assassins
By Lane Robins
(Del Rey, Paperback, 9780345495747, 368pp.)
Publication Date: April 21, 2009
Categories: Fantasy - General
Controlled by an aristocracy whose depraved whims bow to neither law nor god, the kingdom of Antyre is under siege from the only man who can save it. He is Janus Ixion, the new Earl of Last, a man whose matchless fighting abilities and leadership strike terror in Antyre’s powerful noble houses.
For Janus is the illegitimate son who has returned from the brutal slums to reclaim his birthright, and will go to any lengths to become king and reverse his country’s decline. But with a conquering foreign prince sowing chaos throughout the kingdom, Janus must battle the terrifying power of Antyre’s forgotten god, one who has gifted Janus’s vengeful wife with mysterious and dangerous skills. As Antyre nears irrevocable collapse, Janus’s manipulations and all-consuming ambition will force him and his country to choose between the rule of resurgent gods, or a victor’s throne of ashes.
Lane Robins was born in Miami, Florida, the daughter of two scientists, and grew up as the first human member of their menagerie. When it came time for a career, it was a hard choice between veterinarian and writer. It turned out to be far more fun to write about blood than to work with it. She received her BA in Creative Writing from Beloit College, and currently lives in Lawrence, Kansas.
“Gripping . . . Robins deftly paints a unique and involving world.”—Kirkus Reviews
“Seductive language, lush character portraitures, and a decaying rich world filled with tales of lust, murder, and betrayal: Lane Robins delivers and leaves the reader wanting more.”—C. E. Murphy, author of The Queen’s Bastard