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Their prophet dead and their home lost, the half-bloods Harruq and Qurrah Tun form a strained alliance with a band of mercenaries outside the city of Veldaren. As the brothers and their allies wage a private war against powerful thief guilds, forces greater than them all threaten to tear them apart and ruin any hope for a better life. Harruq must defend his family at all costs, for Qurrah's love of a girl with a shattered mind and the power of a goddess may doom them all.

©2011 David Dalglish (P)2016 David Dalglish

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Stick With It - It's Worth it!!!

The beginning was tedious for me and had I been reading I would have skimmed through alot of the day to day details however the pace does get better and I found myself hanging on every word. Tessana is such a tortured soul and the way CJ McAllister narrates her and the others truly brings the story to life. At the core everyone is just trying to do what is right for their loved ones but life is messy and not easy and this story reflects that very well. I am eager to find out what happens next in the series. I would definitely purchase other books narrated by CJ McAllister. I was given this free review copy at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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Broke my heart, even rereading it!

I first fell in love with David Dalglish's novels when I stumbled upon a Trilogy offered on Kindle. The set was the first three of the half-orc series, these novels here. I knew that the story was setting us up for something huge later on in the series and this was the breaking of the bonds section. This was the novel that would show where the characters would go from their humble beginnings. So that meant some heartbreak was in order. I'm trying not to give spoilers but I will say this novel broke my heart the first time reading it and it broke it again listening to it this time.

I will say that I prefer the narrator from David's shadowdance series. I grew to love the voice is he gave some of my favorite characters. now that some of them appear in this novel, their voices are different, and that was slightly disappointing. I grew used to the new narrator though.

I have yet to read any novel by David dalglish that disappointed me. I highly recommend any of his books, especially his shadow dance series.

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Qurrah's emo girlfriend is annoying...

I feel the first part of the book could have been skipped. Hurraq's relationship could have been fast forward through instead of describing it in agonizing detail. we already know from the first book that they love each other. Qurrah's girl friend was annoying. she came off like a edgy teen saying extreme shit just to disgust normies. for a while, I was waiting for someone to tell her she is a liar. The way she talked about her trauma made it sound made up.

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Good book!

Interesting characters abound! Good fantasy novel with some interesting twists. Takes a bit to get into, but a great story. Worth a credit.

This book was provided at no cost for a fair and honest review.

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Cringeworthy story

Not nearly as good or polished as his Shadowdance series. I'd suggest going there instead.

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Great story

loved it, not for kids at all but that make it unique compared to other fantasy novels. hope the story gets even deeper, darker, and more complex!!

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Should have listened to book 1 first. I was kinda lost on this one. I did enjoy it after awhile but I need the backstory. It was a slow starter as well. That didn't help. Still I would continue the series. I did enjoy it.

Great narration. Very enjoyable.

This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review.

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Classic fantasy at it's finest.

What made the experience of listening to The Cost of Betrayal the most enjoyable?

The narrator was great!

What does C.J. McAllister bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

His voice was great for the characters and he had a unique voice for each one, you could easily tell who was speaking at any time.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Brother against brother.

Any additional comments?

Great Story, fans of D&D will throughly enjoy. I requested a copy of this audio from the narrator in exchange for an honest review via Audiobook Boom.

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an elven orcish time

I didn't know what to expect when I sat down to listen to this book, being the 2nd in the story i expected to have to read book one. I was delighted to find I did not. I love fantasy story's and this one is going on my ooo now i have to get the rest of them list. The story is deep and keeps you listening, feeling for each of the unique chars within. By the end i didn't even know who i was rooting for anymore, each persons story pulling my heartstrings in unique ways. Warning if you do not like gore or death upsets you, this is not the book for you. But if u are ok with it or love it...here u go...*smiles*
The voice actors voice at first was a shock for me, I find his voice to be deeper then i am used to for audio books ( keep in mind i haven't listened to thousands of them) but once i got in to the story his voice fit so very well. I think from now on every time i hear a orcs voice..ill remember his, thank you.
I was given this book for free in exchange for an unbiased review ( i would have given one anyway i hope it helps) thank you so much

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Half orc or half elf? Can they decide or is it all in the genes?

The 2nd installment in a great fantasy story revolving around to half orc (or is it half elven) brothers. They are both steeped in the ways of darkness and they both have aspects of light in them as well. One will be nurtured, one will be smothered. Something will happen that may forever drive them apart. An act so unforgivable that there may not be a way to return. Can't wait for the rest of the series! I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

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  • C. Rowlands
  • 06-21-17

A strong second book in this series.

Where does The Cost of Betrayal rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I wouldn't say that this is one of my favourite few audiobooks, but it is well above average with the already interesting progression in the series being most definitely enhanced by the narration/performance.I had previously enjoyed reading this book, but found new appreciation for it with the audiobook version along with renewed enthusiasm for returning to the series once again.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I think it would be wrong to single out a single character (even Harruq) as I felt that one of the main strengths of the book comes from the ensemble cast of characters that make up the Eschaton.

What about C.J. McAllister’s performance did you like?

I thought the narrator managed to strike the right balance between ensuring each character felt like they had a distinct voice without the performance getting in the way of the book itself.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I found that I preferred to listen to this in smaller bursts a few chapters at a time rather than all at once.

Any additional comments?

While both this and the Paladins are enjoyable series, I would recommend that anyone who is new to the author to start on his Shadowdance series first.Note - This audiobook was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

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  • Amy
  • 06-20-17

.Beautiful Dark Fantasy

This is book 2 in this series.This absolutely ticked every box for me !This is the first book by David Dalglish that I have read and I was very pleasantly surprised. Well written, the construction was also good with the present happenings of the characters .I felt that there was a lot of history and that a lot more was going on that what we were listening to.A" read between the lines" sort of thing.
Every once in a while, a book comes along that shatters your expectations. Case in instance is a book so explosive and intense, deeply enthralling and equally disturbing. A book you'll proudly hold dear despite the bloodlust woven into its very essence. A book called The Cost of Betrayal , written by David Dalglish and loved by many bookworms everywhere. Well I finally joined the party, because this book? Flawless.A masterpiece of how to bring characters to life, with a complex multilayered plot that hides a parable for modern times, where morals and beliefs change faster than ever stripping all value of things we held as certainty or immutable.Beautifully heart breaking.books 3 and 4 are out and I will be eagerly devouring their "pages".C.J. McAllister narrated masterfully and had an amazing range and drew me in and kept me there all night as I pulled an all nighter to listen to him.The narrator and author do each other proud. I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.As always this is my honest opinion.

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  • Robert Wright
  • 07-30-17

Give this book your time!

If only it was longer is all I can say loved every minute of it.

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  • Peter
  • 06-23-17

I loved this book.

I loved this book, the writing is great everything that happens, how the characters are written, the setting it is all very well done.It is clearly in a Dungeons and Dragons type setting with swords, magic, gods, apparent character classes. If you know what a D20 is and like audiobooks give this one a go.

When I started listening to this I did not know there were other books in this series and feel that you can listen to this book quite happy knowing nothing of the other books.

I would say the interactions and growth of the characters are the strongest things in this book. All of the characters have their own distinct personalities this is greatly enhanced by the expert narration lending them all unique voices and emotion. The relationship between and differences of the two half-orc brothers is believable and engaging.

I enjoyed all my time listening to this book and will check out the other books in this series. Both C.J. McAllister the narrator and David Dalglish the author are going on my watch list as I want ti listen to more from both of them.

All and all I would highly recommend this book.
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I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.