ARC AUDIO BOOK REVIEW: Firefax by Amelia Maria Vergara

Publication Date: November 17, 2023
Format: Audio
Genre:  Historical Fantasy
Narrator: Vas Eli

Publisher: Damocles Blade Press
 12 Hours 08 minutes
Buy: Kindle | Audio


Legend tells of a city of gold on a phantom island. The wealth of that city could end the American Revolution. But the only person who knows the island’s location is the world’s deadliest assassin. And he’s not giving up that secret without a fight . . .

The world’s oldest family of high-profile assassins, the Firefaxes, have been killing off dignitaries—and being well-compensated to do so—for centuries. The family is thrown into turmoil by their patriarch’s death and the return of their cunning, cruel prodigal, Murdoch. With their father dead, Murdoch is the only one who knows where the Firefax wealth is, kept on a secret island. But two competing intelligence networks in the American Revolution are bent on tracking down the legendary treasure to end the war, whatever the cost. However, these spy networks may have met their match in this wily, dysfunctional family of killers.


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This is a fantasy without dragons, magic, fae, wizards etc.  It is about the Firefax family who are family of assassins.  They are known for their skill and ruthlessness.  Although one wants to escape the family business and become a priest and the sister has never killed a person. 

When the patriarch suddenly dies the eldest son Murdoch returns.  He is ruthless, skilled and sarcastic.  It is almost a reverse noir book as we see him go from uncaring and vicious to someone who starts to feel.  Most of the time you don't know what to make of him or who is the enemy but I couldn't get enough of this morally grey character with a snarky wit. He always seems to know more than anyone else. 

There is a mysterious island that holds the Firefax wealth and has a city of Gold.  The only one who knows where it is is Murdoch. Since this is set during the revolutionary war, both the British and the Yankees both want the money to fund their side of the war.  But no one has ever left the island alive unless they were a Firefax.  

 The narration was terrific and while so many characters had nicknames that were sometimes hard to follow it was a great story of a truly dysfunctional family trying to find their way. I found myself drawn into the story and while it was brutal and not all the characters survive you see how they evolve as the story moves. It is truly about family and the family dynamics and what the patriarch of the clan created. 

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