5 Star Book Review of ASSASSIN’S BLOOD by H.A. Osborne @hosborneauthor

Assassin's Blood (Epirus Book 1) by [Osborne, H.A.]

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Murder wasn’t exactly legal in any of the regions, and I was the best murderer in the cluster.

Once upon a time, I had dreams, desires, but they vanished in a puff of asteroid dust when Binja Tur got his hands on me. Now, I kill for pay, mindlessly snuffing out the lives of people I have never met. If given the opportunity, I would escape all this bloodshed, and rekindle my lost hopes, but you don’t plan for the impossible.

Then, she came into my life, and I had to make a choice—remain a slave to Tur, or risk it all and run. My name is Laoise Rek, and this is just the beginning…


I’ve read several of Osborne’s Rae Hatting Mysteries, which I’ve enjoyed.  Now, she’s trying her hand at a sci-fi series.  I think she found her true calling.  I love this novella that sets up the Epirus Book series. 

Laoise comes from a strict matriarchy race and family.  She doesn’t want to learn the family business and dreams of being free from the mother that will never accept or approve of her.  Then, one day, her prayers are answered by the arrival of a strange, dark, handsome man at her mother’s stall.  He offers her a new life and a way off the planet.  Little does she know, she has traded chains of one sort for another.  Her freedom is still nothing more than a dream.  

As a reader, you can’t help but feel for Laoise.  She’s young and immature, and has made a grave mistake by accepting Tur’s offer.  He trains her as an assassin, a profession she excels at.  Tur uses her desire for freedom as a carrot, daggling it front of her, keeping her guessing about his motives.  For there surely is one. 

We don’t see Tur’s backstory, but I’m looking forward to finding out more about him.  How many other girls has he trained and used?  What is it he really wants?  And then the way Tur treats Laoise at the end, you want to be the assassin, welding the knife, slitting his throat.  In other words, he makes a great villain.  

There are several sub plots and other characters intertwined throughout this story, and I can’t want to see how they unravel and where they lead.  

If you love a well-written Sci-fi adventure with mystery and intrigue, you will love the first book in this series.  I can’t wait to buy the next book.  I give it 5 assassins.


About Sahara Foley

Bio: Until my husband died on Christmas 2012, I never thought about becoming a writer. In fact, the act of writing a story terrified me. Don’t get me wrong, I loved reading, just never had the knack for writing. The thought of writing dialogue scared the bejeebers out of me. See, Bob was the writer. He wrote stories for years but could never get a traditional publisher interested enough to publish even one. Now I understand why, as they were unpolished outlines. Then, after 30 years together, Bob passed away and my life was turned upside down. About a month later, I was sitting around my apartment, trying to adjust to the worst event in my life, when a little voice spoke to me. Why not publish Bob’s stories? To be truthful, ever since the advent of self-publishing, I always wanted too, that’s how much I believed in his stories. But I knew I would have to fight him for every little change I made to his outlines. Sorry, honey, but they had to be done. So, I pulled out the box of stories, dusted them off, and started on a new adventure: The World of Self-Publishing. Boy, did I have a lot to learn. I finally published several short stories early in 2014, then my horror novella, It Lives in the Basement. While I was working on them, I was slowly learning the craft of writing, and getting The Secret of Excalibur ready for publication. Excalibur was my favorite story of them all, and in the back of my mind, I knew I wanted a publisher. One day on Twitter, I ran across a tweet from Creativia Publishing, and that was another game changer for me. I signed up with them in December of 2014, and it was the best decision I’ve made. One thing I’ve discovered on my new adventure, are all the really awesome and talented Indie Authors. If you find the right community of Indie Authors, all they want to do is help each other. I found that I love promoting them and their books, so that’s how I setup my blog. For readers to meet Indie Authors. Anyway, enough about me. Here’s all my contact information: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/booksbysaharafoley Twitter: https://twitter.com/SaharaFoley Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/saharafoley/ Google Plus: https://plus.google.com/u/0/+SaharaFoley/posts Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Sahara-Foley/e/B00J9ST32U/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1
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