At the beginning the villain is lured to a meeting where an attempt is made on his life. Another character fired a projectile out of a cane which wounded him but he was able to magic up a shield or something to avoid death.

There's also a bit later on where our protagonist (young male) has sex with a woman. There are elements of BDSM. She ties him up if I recall correctly. I think him and his companions are guests at her home.

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It turned out to be Tigana by Guy Gavriel Kay, first published in 1990.

Tigana is the magical story of a beleaguered land struggling to be free. It is the tale of a people so cursed by the black sorcery of a cruel despotic king that even the name of their once-beautiful homeland cannot be spoken or remembered...

But years after the devastation, a handful of courageous men and women embark upon a dangerous crusade to overthrow their conquerors and bring back to the dark world the brilliance of a long-lost name...Tigana.

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