The Weight of Blood by David Dalglish REVIEW

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Well, here is another review of a David Dalglish book I read the other day. This book, “The Weight of Blood” is a part of his ongoing series about Half-Orcs. I know, at first glance, Half-Orcs sounds like a stupid idea to write about. In the Fantasy genre, writing about other races besides Men or Elves is highly frowned upon. Because after all, who wants to read a book about Orcs. Not many. After I read his book “Dance of Cloaks”, I wondered why he would write about Orcs in the first place.

But, the book gave me a big surprise when I started reading. It was actually excellent.

The two main characters, the half-orc/half-elf brothers Harruq and Qurrah Tun are living on the streets of Veldaran. (Yes, it’s in the same world as “Dance of Cloaks”.) Having to fight tooth and nail to survive, for the people of the city hate Orcs out of racial prejudice.

Things are even worse when the King says that all elves need to be kicked out, and never let back in. Thus, the two brothers are thrown out of the city, and they decide to leave to a town that accepts elves and men. The characters are great together, you actually can easily imagine that the brothers are actually brothers. They talk, and act like their a family, the older brother, Harruq, always looking out for the younger brother, no matter what. Even when his brother is practicing black magic, the brothers still stay together.

The relationship gets strained however, when Qurrah wants sacrifices to sate his thirst for power, Harruq even kills for his brother, a deed he hates doing, and doesn’t protest. Harruq knows deep down it’s wrong, and thinks about how he should stand up to his brother.

Things get even worse when a stranger in black contacts Qurrah, and tells him if he serves him, he will become like a god, and Qurrah doesn’t hesitate and accepts the offer. He also tells Harruq the same and Harruq accepts, not because he wanted the power, but rather because he loves his brother.

A perfect conflict, one that has been in stories since the beginning of time. And of course, at the end. Harruq is able to refuse evil, and choose good.

If you like a story well told, download or order this book now! It will appeal to fans of Dragonlance and the Drizzt novels.   

5 out of 5 stars!

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A Dance of Cloaks by David Dalglish REVIEW

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Synopsis

Thren Felhorn, a notorious thief,a man feared by everyone, wants the perfect heir for his criminal empire. He tries to turn his son, Aaron, into a ruthless killer, one that doesn’t have feelings. Will Aaron stay on his predetermined path, or will he make his own way?

Review

This book is surprisingly very good. Another indie author who has taken me by surprise. The book is on par with such fantasy greats such as George R.R. Martin and Robin Hobb. This book is on my list for one of the best books I’ve read this year.

Lets now go to the details of why this book is good. Firstly: the plot. The plot has a whole lot of twists and turns you’ll never see coming. It doesn’t really follow the quest structure of most fantasies like Wheel of Time or Lord of the Rings ,but plays out a lot like The Godfather meets The Bourne Identity meets Assassin’s Apprentice. An odd combo, but it works beautifully.

Secondly: the characters. There’s a whole lot of dirt-bags in the book. What did you expect, a novel about thievery and criminal enterprise is going to have a lot of villains. I like the fact that the author made the villains just as human as the heroes. The heroes by the way, are great too, they talk, and act as if they are real people. They have a lot of tough choices to make.

Lastly: writing quality. Short, and sweet, doesn’t overuse words.

Verdict

Overall, I’d give this book 4 out of 5 stars! The book is recommended for fans of action and fans of complex plots. Not recommended for people squeamish of blood, or innuendo. Fans of Game of Thrones would love this book.

Available on Nook, Kindle, and Paperback.