This list of Badass Fantasy Assassins is a sponsored article by the author of the Darkblade series.
#1 – The Hunter of Voramis (Darkblade)
Book 1 – Assassin
All in Voramis know the legend of the Hunter.
Relentless. Immortal. Death walking. The greatest assassin who ever lived.
Pay the master killer his due and the Hunter will execute any target, carry out any contract, no matter how impossible.
But when the Bloody Hand crime syndicate harms the innocents under his protection, they foolishly make an enemy of the one man they can’t afford to anger. The price of the Hunter’s vengeance is high—paid in blood and eternal damnation. Not even an army of crooks, cutthroats, and demonic creatures of nightmare can stand in his way.
He’s far more than just one man…he’s the Keeper-damned Hunter of Voramis.
Book 2 – Protector
The Hunter’s legend conceals cold, dark truths.
Half-demon bastard. A butcher with the blade, assassin, monster.
For millennia he has stalked the world, conquering all in his path and wading through rivers of his enemies’ blood.
But he remembers none of it.
Now, an oath made in bitterness and regret thrusts him into a new role to which he is entirely unsuited: guardian of a young boy touched by gods and hunted by demons.
The Hunter sets off into desolate wastelands and deserts to seek out answers with blade and brutal skills honed by centuries of violence. At his side rides the boy, an ever-growing inconvenience and testament to his past failures.
But as the legions of his enemies close in around him, the child he protects may not only hold the key to his past, but become his very hope for salvation.
Book 3 – Slayer
The Hunter has set his sights on new prey.
Abiarazi. Master manipulators, bloodthirsty, and cruel. Demons of nightmare.
His hunt for the monstrosities prowling among mankind takes him to the top of the highest mountain peak on Einan…
…where he stumbles across an ancient city and people forgotten by time.
Amidst the ruins and relics of a long-dead race, his vendetta against the demons will drag him ever-deeper into a millennia-old war for conquest and an enslaved nation’s desperate fight for freedom.
His skills as assassin will be put to the ultimate test: battling an enemy even he may not be strong enough to kill.
Yet should he fail, the cost will be high, for the first victim to die in the ensuing bloodshed will be the god-touched boy he has sworn to protect—a child with the power to either shatter or save the world.
Book 4 – Savior
The Hunter is running out of time.
And so is all of humanity…
The demonic Sage finally has the missing piece in his wicked plan—and with it, the power to free mad god Kharna from his prison.
To make matters worse, Hailen’s mysterious and dangerous abilities are dragging him ever deeper into madness. The only way to pull the boy back from the brink of insanity is to unlock the dark, deadly secrets of a city long ago lost to time.
It’s a terrifying race against time and monstrous foes to save Hailen and stop the Sage from unleashing the mad god of death and destruction.
When evil wields power unstoppable, it takes a killer to save the world.
Book 5 – Deciever
The Hunter of Voramis stalks demonkind relentlessly.
Wherever they hide, whatever guise they wear, none will escape Soulhunger’s ravenous blade.
The discovery of a child slaughtered in a bloody ritual sets the Hunter on a path to root out the killers—and a collision course with the criminals that rule the underworld.
Yet in his conflict with the Night Guild and their cunning Master Gold, he is drawn into a web of deceit, cruelty, and bloodshed that spans far beyond just one city.
His endeavor to forestall the destruction of his world at the hands of the Great Devourer will come to naught unless he can find those truly responsible and bring them to justice.
When shadows and steel clash, the streets flow red with blood.
Book 6 – Awakener
The Hunter’s journey takes him far into the jungles and plains of Ghandia, where he will face foes–both human and monstrous–unlike any encountered so far.
In the heart of these wild lands, secrets will be revealed, mysteries unraveled, and powers greater than he can possibly imagine awakened…
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#2 – Kalam Mekhar (Malazan Book of the Fallen)
Bled dry by interminable warfare, infighting and bloody confrontations with Lord Anomander Rake and his Tiste Andii, the vast, sprawling Malazan empire simmers with discontent.
Even its imperial legions yearn for some respite. For Sergeant Whiskeyjack and his Bridgeburners and for Tattersail, sole surviving sorceress of the Second Legion, the aftermath of the siege of Pale should have been a time to mourn the dead…
#3 – Nona Grey (Red Sister)
It’s not until you’re broken that you find your sharpest edge.
“I was born for killing – the gods made me to ruin.”
At the Convent of Sweet Mercy young girls are raised to be killers. In a few the old bloods show, gifting talents rarely seen since the tribes beached their ships on Abeth. Sweet Mercy hones its novices’ skills to deadly effect: it takes ten years to educate a Red Sister in the ways of blade and fist…
#4 – Girton (Age of Assassins)
TO CATCH AN ASSASSIN, USE AN ASSASSIN…
Girton Club-Foot, apprentice to the land’s best assassin, still has much to learn about the art of taking lives. But his latest mission tasks Girton and his master with a far more difficult challenge: to save a life. Someone, or many someones, is trying to kill the heir to the throne, and it is up to Girton and his master to uncover the traitor and prevent the prince’s murder…
#5 – Celaena Sardothien (Throne of Glass)
Enter the realm. Unleash the darkness. Live the legend.
In a land without magic, an assassin is summoned to the castle. Celaena Sardothien has no love for the vicious king who rules from his throne of glass, but she has not come to kill him.
She has come to win her freedom…
#6 – Durzo Blint (The Way of Shadows)
The perfect killer has no friends. Only targets.
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…
#7 – Corthie Holdfast (The Mortal Blade)
A city ruled by Gods, a mortal champion, a misfit girl and a disobedient dragon…
Stolen from his home, Corthie Holdfast has arrived in the City of the Eternal Siege as a new Champion.
He must fight alongside the Blades, whose lives are dedicated to the defence of the City against the hordes of monstrous Greenhides; or die at the hands of the Gods who rule…
#8 – Thren Felhorn (A Dance of Cloaks)
The Underworld rules the city of Veldaren. Thieves, smugglers, assassins . . . they fear only one man.
Thren Felhorn is the greatest assassin of his time. All the thieves’ guilds of the city are under his unflinching control. If he has his way, death will soon spill out from the shadows and into the streets…
#9 – Katsa (Graceling)
In a world where people born with an exceptional skill, known as a Grace, are feared and exploited, Katsa carries the burden of a skill even she despises: the Grace of killing.
She lives under the command of her Uncle Randa, King of the Middluns, and is expected to carry out his dirty work, punishing and torturing anyone who displeases him. Breaking arms and cutting off fingers are her stock-in-trade…
#10 – Caine/Hari Michaelson (Heroes Die)
Two worlds. One killer.
Renowned throughout the land of Ankhana, the assassin Caine has killed his share of monarchs and commoners, villains and heroes. He is relentless, unstoppable, the best at what he does…