The Way of Shadows av Brent Weeks. Jeg har ikke kommet langt nok til å beskrive boken ordentlig ennå, men her er beskrivelsen bakpå:
For Durzo Blint, assassination is an art. And he is the city's most accomplished artist, his talents required from alleyway to courtly boudoir.
For Azoth, survival is precarious. Something you never take for granted. As a guild rat, he's grown up in the slums, and learned the hard way to judge people quickly - and to take risks. Risks like apprenticing himself to Durzo Blint.
But to be accepted, Azoth must turn his back on his old life and embrace a new identity and name. As Kylar Stern, he must learn to navigate the assassins' world of dangerous politics and strange magics - and cultivate a flair for death.
I denne smakebiten har Azoth akkurat fulgt etter Durzo Blint i håp om å få overtalt ham til å bli lærling, noe som nå har blitt hans siste sjanse til å klare seg. Men å følge etter en snikmorder er ikke helt lett:
"There are secrets in this world, kid," a voice said. "Secrets like magical alarms and the identities of the Nine. If you take another step, you'll find one of those secrets. Then two nice bashers with orders to kill intruders will find you."
"Master Blint?" Azoth searched the darkness.
"Next time you follow a man, don't be so furtive. It makes you conspicuous."
Whatever that meant, it didn't sound good. "Master Blint?"
He heard laughter up the tunnel, moving away.