Heirs of Ash. Hands down.
The Inquisitives series is also quite strong, and with Criley's Taint of the Black Brigade and recent comic books, has spawned some further writing.
As for an assassanous Elf, there is one in Heirs of Ash, and he's actually an awesome character.
Gold is for the mistress, silver for the maid
Copper for the craftsman, cunning at his trade."
"Good!" said the Baron, sitting in his hall,
"But Iron -- Cold Iron -- is master of them all."
Defenders: We ARE the wall!
I've replaced the previous Edition Warring line in my sig with this one, because honestly, everybody needs to work together
to make the D&D they like without
trampling on somebody else's D&D.
Miss d20 Modern? Take a look at Dias Ex Machina Game's UltraModern 4e!
I am a hero, not a chump.