Well The Leopard started out OK with goddesses and a woman searching for an assassin. What is with all the spy and assassin books I've been reading? I really loved this world. Being Pagan I devour almost anything that deals with old religions and of course witches and wizards, which this book has. I loved the first few characters and the story was great. I was taken on a journey with Deyandara to find this assassin and then all of sudden these characters disappear in the story and other characters pop up. So unfortunately although I loved the setting the story was very odd. I wish it would have stuck with the characters that it started with instead of falling into a hole and giving us new ones.
Go Into This One Knowing
This book draws you in then BAM it changes. It has an overall great setting.
Ahjvar, the assassin known as the Leopard, wants only to die, to end the curse that binds him to a life of horror. Although he has no reason to trust the goddess Catairanach or her messenger Deyandara, fugitive heir to a murdered tribal queen, desperation leads him to accept her bargain: if he kills the mad prophet known as the Voice of Marakand, Catairanach will free him of his curse. Accompanying him on his mission is the one person he has let close to him in a lifetime of death, a runaway slave named Ghu. Ahj knows Ghu is far from the half-wit others think him, but in Marakand, the great city where the caravan roads of east and west meet, both will need to face the deepest secrets of their souls, if either is to survive the undying enemies who hunt them and find a way through the darkness that damns the Leopard.
To Marakand, too, come a Northron wanderer and her demon verrbjarn lover, carrying the obsidian sword Lakkariss, a weapon forged by the Old Great Gods to bring their justice to the seven devils who escaped the cold hells so long before.