Among the tribes of the Wagani war is life, and for Lut, war is his way out of the poverty that he was born into. A reaver, a warrior, and the chosen of the enigmatic goddess the Azure Queen, he has dedicated his existence to furthering her glory by the bite of his axe. Bloodthirsty, powerful, and without mercy, he marches upon the world to spread the name of his beloved deity.
But what happens when the goddess no longer loves her champion?
From the award-winning author of The Saga of the Panther comes a dark tale of violence, betrayal, and redemption where David Gemmell's Legend fights alongside Steven Erickson's Gardens of the Moon. In this world victory always comes at a price, love is forever the final victim, and not even the gods can stop the ruthless march of history. This is the world where only the strong and cunning survive.
This is the world of the War Pigs.
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A short but but entertaining listen. The author has a twist on the fantasy tale, this time with the ever-beleaguered orcs as the focus. According to the author, akin to Jean-Jacques Rousseau, the life of the orc is "nasty, brutish and short". They spend their days raiding pesky humans and fighting each other, happy with their station.
Step forward Lut, whose goal is only to serve the Azure Queen, a god of the orcs, and will do whatever it takes to achieve his goal. However, when the Azure Queen ultimately rejects him, Lut sets on a path of revenge that will cast down the orc gods and potentially change their society forever. Can a mortal assail the gods?
The book is dark and violent, with blood and guts aplenty. Lut is a likable character (for an orc) and you will root for him as he rails against his jilted lover mantle. The narrator does a solid job, but I reckon he spent a fortune on lozenges after voicing so many guttural accents.