Assassins of Alamut

Assassins of Alamut by James Boschert

Format Paperback / eBook
Publication Date 03/14/15
ISBN 9781942756125
Trim Size 6×9 in
Pages 544


BOOK 1 — Talon de Gilles, son of a Christian knight of Jerusalem during the time of the Crusades, is only 13 when ferocious Saracens attack his family’s caravan and take him captive. Instead of selling him into slavery, or ransoming him, his captors impose a dire fate upon the boy, forcing Talon to become one of them, an Assassin of the Ismaili, the most feared and hated sect in all of Persia, and beyond.

The Master of the Ismaili has plans for this young ferengi, who will be able to pass unnoticed among Europeans to reach targets that not even the most skillful Saracen could approach unchallenged – if he survives his training and initiation. But when Talon, his friend Reza, and Rav’an, the Master’s own sister, discover treachery in the stronghold of Alamut, they must flee, using all their skills to evade the ruthless assassins who are sent to hunt them down, from the frozen wastes of snow-laden mountain passes to the flowering gardens of Isfahan and beyond.


After reading Alamut, I kept going with the Talon series. They are hard to put down. This historical adventure story is a classic, and should be on a shelf with Ivanhoe and Robin Hood. Boschert can write. Whether it’s a love scene or a desperate battle with more powerful enemies, you are there, almost too much involved in it. The history is incredibly researched; even the foods and everyday details that set the tone and sense of place kept my attention.
Amazon Review

Reading Assassins of Alamut, you forget that you are reading historical fiction. The narrative is so light, smooth, natural and vivid, you’d think that the author had witnessed the events with his own eyes.
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