Assassin's Blade was the first Magic novel I had read, as I was interested in beginning the series. With a concept that could have been truly interesting and exciting, the book simply did nothing.
The novel commences with the Emperor's assassin Lord Dark receiving a message to erupt war and conquer more lands. The Imperial Champion Tetsuo and his companions set out to stop him, as they travel to distant lands.
I was expecting Lord Dark to be a fascinating character, a rich villain. However, he ended up as a one-dimensional character that did absolutely nothing. Readers will find themselves not caring for the lead, Tetsuo, or the afflicted companion. No developement occurs with any of them, and they stay as they are. The entrance of the giantess is silly and pointless. The Chelonians are interesting, though we learn nothing of them.
On the brighter side, there were battles aplenty and a good bit of mystery surrounding the enemies. In conclusion, some of the Tolkien knock-off's, like this book, of the fantasy literary world have gotten to the point where they are no longer enjoyable. This book could have been so much more, though chose not to.