By the third book in a series, story lines sometimes wander a bit. Either there’s just not enough personality in the lead character to keep things interesting or the story just becomes ridiculously complicated or unusually unbelievable. You might think The Assassin’s Curse could fall under that umbrella, but Kevin Sands manages to keep everything moving along, even if there are a crazy number of conspiracies and puzzle clues and even royalty involved. Heck, that’s what makes it so good!
Another thing about this one – it’s LONG, really long. If I remember right, the second one in the series was also much longer than the average middle grade book, but it worked. And so does this one. Fortunately, I had a morning off and could read the last 200 pages in relative quiet. There are a lot of characters and interesting tidbits about the Knights Templar and Paris to keep track of, after all.
If you missed the first two books, you might enjoy this one a bit more if you read them first, but I don’t think Christopher, Tom and Sally are characters you have to know in advance to follow what’s going on. Set aside an afternoon, though, so you can really sink in and enjoy this one. It’s a great escape and well worth any undone chores.
The Assassin’s Curse by Kevin Sands