Allies and Assassins

ALLIES & ASSASSINS “has it all; murder, betrayal, intrigue, romance and political machinations galore.” That was the first review of ALLIES & ASSASSINS on Most Wanted. It was just the first of many rave reviews the book, the first in Justin Somper’s new sequence, has received since UK publication two weeks ago. Here’s just a taste of what people are saying about the book:

“Heralded as the teen version of Game of Thrones, this new novel is from the author of Vampirates, and believe us when we say it has it all; murder, betrayal, intrigue, romance and political machinations galore. Worth reading if you’re a fan of multi layered plots with male and female heroes that prove to be both good and bad. It’s book one in a series so there’s lots more to come.”

Anita Naik, Most Wanted

“Billed as ‘Game of Thrones for teens’, Allies and Assassins does not disappoint. It will surely appeal to fans of fantasy and yet would also delight fans of crime and mysteries as this is, at the heart of it, a murder mystery, chock full of suspicious circumstances, shifty suspects and red herrings. The world building is tight and intriguing, as is the hierarchy and wealth of characters portrayed throughout. The shifting points of view are clearly depicted and help enrich the storyline as the tension ramps up. Allies and Assassins is the beginning of a thrilling new fantasy series for young adults that deserves to be a great success and every bit as popular as Somper’s fabulous Vampirates series.”

Becca Watts, We Love This Book

Brilliant murder-mystery intro to new YA fantasy seriesAllies and Assassins unexpectedly and brilliantly avoids many of the usual trappings of the fantasy genre by turning unexpectedly into a murder mystery as the inexperienced Prince Jared teams up with Asta, the 16 year-old niece and assistant to the Physician Elias Peck. It’s not a conventional murder-mystery either, since the motivations of the killer could be related to complex affairs of state between different lands, personal enmities and grudges, ambitions for power and succession, even secret affairs and romantic complications… As a way to introduce the series, this is a fine way to uncover and elaborate on the roles of the main characters, laying out the ambitions and the personal enmities that are likely to have significance once the story settles into a more traditional fantasy of warring kingdoms. I would expect however that the follow-up book might well demonstrate a similarly inventive and thrilling take on the fantasy genre.”

Amazon – Top 500 Reviewer 

“I absolutely fell in love with this book. It had romance, mystery, murders and royalty… who could ask for more? I was quite shocked to find out who the culprit was… I would definitely say that this was one of the best books I’ve read in 2013… I can’t wait for the sequel and I’m going to feel so empty without another story of Archenfield!”

Kim-Anh, GoodReads, 5 ***** review

Dark, Hidden and delightful – Its definitely something different to what has come before yet the Somper magic is within, the prose is great, the pace solid and the crime aspect with the twists and turns works well on so many levels. Add to this a solid lead character that the reader will not only sympathise with but also root for and you think you might have it all but for me, it’s the supporting cast that really make this book. Everyone has secrets that they don’t want revealed and the hunt for the truth will shine light into the dark places where those in power do not wish. All round a great book and definitely a magical new offering that will more than entertain especially with its cliffhanger ending. Damn you Justin, I want the next outing now…”

Gareth Wilson, Falcata Times

“Vampirates was hugely popular, and there is no-one better placed to make the crossover between teen and adult fantasy than Justin Somper. This is first-class fantasy with enough younger characters to ensure a secure following. I can’t imagine a better introduction to the world of fantasy.”


“This book has it all. I love love LOVE it! Justin Somper has come up with another beautifully written book packed with mystery and thrill to drive anyone crazy. Even the cover drew me in – it captivated me and continued to do so with the plot as I read through the book. Allies & Assassins had a gripping and intriguing plot that really kept me guessing all the way… Asta is one of the characters I adored. She was an incredibly strong woman and knew what she wanted; And exactly how to get it. She was an intuitive and a humble character who I looked forward to reading more about – she’s always off either investigating or doing something reckless!

In Allies and Assassins, Justin Somper has created a world full of mystery, adventure, thrill, politics, family feud and romance! It has an intricate and unbelievably well-crafted plot that kept me at the edge of my seat. The mystery was especially too much for me to handle and had me pulling at my hair as my suspect list kept growing and changing all the time… Five stars!”

Girls Without a Bookshelf, 5 ***** review

“From the author of Vampirates comes this clever blend of Game of Thrones-style fantasy with a classic murder mystery plot, the first in a new series. Asta and Jared make likeable heroes, and… its plentiful twists and turns will soon engage young readers, keeping them guessing about who the real villain could be.”


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