The Weight of Blood : The Half-Orcs

  • by David Dalglish
  • Narrated by C.J. McAllister
  • Series: The Half-Orcs
  • 6 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.

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Dark fantasy at its best

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.
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- Mary Karowski

Dark with a capital D!

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This was a hard book to rate. The story is quite dark, to the point where I was often scratching my head wondering how in the heck the two main characters could be considered the 'heroes' of the story. Seriously, Harruq and Qurrah more often than not seem more like the villains. In a note after the book David explains that the overall Half-orc series is a story of redemption, but dang I'm not sure you can ever come back from some stuff. It's a well told tale, just extremely dark, and David has his work cut out if he intends to redeem these two in the eyes of his readers. I guess I'll find out soon enough because I am about to start book 2.

This book is narrated by C.J. McAllister. When I first started listening to this book I thought his voice sounded familiar and was sure I'd listened some of his other work, but after a quick look through my collection I saw I was wrong, and this was the first time I've experienced his narration. I'm happy to say I was not disappointed. He has a good voice, clean delivery, and adds in just enough inflection into dialogue to give each character their own unique feel. I'll definitely be checking out more of his work in the future.

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- Amazon Customer

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-14-2016
  • Publisher: Dalglish Audio