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Fantasy fans looking for a novel jam-packed with swashbuckling action and magic-powered adventure should look no further than Tim Waggoner's Thieves of Blood, the first book in a planned trilogy (reminiscent of R. A. Salvatore's Drizzt Do'Urden saga) called Blade of the Flame.
Living in the war-ravaged realm of Eberron, assassin-turned-priest Diran Bastiaan and his half-orc sidekick, Ghaji, make an unlikely pair. One looks like the stuff of nightmares, while the other is "a conduit through which the holy force of Good could work its will in the physical world." Together, they have traveled throughout the archipelagic Lhazaar Principalities sharing numerous wild adventures, but none were as dangerous as the one they currently face. When a gang of bloodthirsty pirates kidnaps Diran's former lover (a beautiful ex-mercenary killer named Makala), the priest of the Silver Flame and his half-breed wingman vow to get her -- and countless other abductees -- back no matter what the cost. But the seafaring raiders are no ordinary criminals; they're led by the infamous vampire Onkar, who in turn serves a being unfathomably more evil than himself….
Fans of adventure fantasy series like Salvatore's Drizzt Do'Urden saga, Michael Moorcock's Elric of Melniboné and Raymond E. Feist's Midkemia sequence should definitely check out Waggoner's Thieves of Blood: a pedal-to-the-metal thrill ride of a novel featuring some of the coolest fantasy characters to come along in years. Highly recommended. Paul Goat Allen