Fantasy author David Dalglish begins his series of the half-orc brothers, whose struggles will soon bathe the land of Dezrel in demon fire....
Five hundred years ago, brother gods devastated their world with civil war. When they were imprisoned, their conflict ended without a victor. Centuries passed while their followers secretly continued the war, a war that will soon have an end. The gods have found their paragons.
When half-bloods Harruq and Qurrah Tun pledged their lives to the death prophet Velixar, they sought only escape from their squalid beginnings. Instead they become his greatest disciples, charged with leading his army of undead. While they prepare, Harruq trains with an elf named Aurelia, to whom he owes his life. She is a window into a better world, but as war spreads between the races, their friendship takes a dire turn.
Velixar orders them to fight alongside the humans, changing Aurelia from friend to foe. To protect her, Harruq must turn against his brother and fight the killing nature of his orcish heritage. To side with one means to turn on another. No matter Harruq's decision, someone he loves will die.
©2010 David Dalglish (P)2016 David Dalglish
For those of you familiar with the dark fantasy of the Ravenloft series you will find a kindred spirit. I have read other Dalglish novels. Wrote and this one doesn't disappoint. Two half orc brothers on their own. A dark master for one and elf lover for the other. A love for each other that allows one to turn his back on any other connection to save his brother. What does the dark master want? Who does he work for? Why is he so free with his gifts? Is redemption possible for two so steeped in darkness? Great battle scenes, character development at its darkest. Enjoy! I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.
Avid reader who is also a mommy. Audible saved my reading time!
This is a dark book about orphaned, sold half-orc brothers. One is darkness, not wanting the light side of his elven heritage. One is lightness, being elven in his heart but following his brother's darkness out of love and guilt. They are two halves of a whole, I think, even to their names which are mirror images of each other. Harruq and Qurrah find a dark master to follow and do his bidding without question until Harruq's elven heart falls in love.
I don't usually like books with children being hurt, even murdered. This book was no exception and I didn't like it and wanted to stop listening during the darker parts. But I am intrigued by the author's promise of redemption and by the world he has created so I will look for more in this series. I am hopeful for Harruq and leery of Qurrah and the good in the story is muddled enough that I am not sure which side is good and which side is evil yet. I'll follow my curiosity and find out more.
The narration was good and the voices were well done. Velixar was too low for me but the rest were varied and reflected the characters' personalities well.
I received this audiobook for free through Audiobook Boom! in exchange for an honest review.
This is definitely a darker story. There are times when the dialogue is overly simple, but aside from that, there's a lot to like about this book. The narration is really good, simply spot on. These Orcs are complimentary and contrasting all at the same time. Good listen!
“I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.”
So to start with this isn't my favorite type of fantasy. When I say dark fantasy I don't think it could get much darker. As the listener you want to connect with the characters but for me that never happened. The only positive quality I saw in them was that the two brothers were devoted to one another. It's almost like the story of two abandoned kids who have seen only bad then worse times throughout their life. They have no moral compass and they don't truly see their wrong. I can see where this series could probably be a story of redemption but this just wasn't my cup of tea. I thought the narrator could have done something a little different with the voices as well. Both voices come off as clear and brutish but well spoken. Not what you would think of for abandoned half orc children one of which can barely talk and when there were moments of real emotion between the characters I just didn't really feel it in the narration. I may be being overly critical as I said this isn't my kind of story and I waited a full day after reading to review. The back story does appear promising, I just don't think this would be a series I read/listen to the end.
This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.
The story line is about two outcasts brothers, Harruq and Qurrah Tun, who are half Orc
and half Elf.
They are treated like lepers by most until one day they are "recruited" by "Evil".
It's a bit graphic in some parts but overall, an Engaging Fantasy Read.
C.J. McAllister did well with the narration.
"This audio book was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review."
I was given this book for free in exchange for a fair and honest review.
This book is truly dark, but well written and recorded. The characters are nearly irredeemable, but it was still enjoyable to hear their tale. This series could truth or really incredible, and I'm definitely looking forward to more.
I do my best to follow Jesus by being a husband, a father, a lawyer, and a preacher
Gritty and thought provoking story of redemption that opens up an incredible world of fantasy.
Report Inappropriate Content