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, Indeed

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.
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- Reg "Avid reader who is also a mommy. Audible saved my reading time!"

Book Details

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