The Thieves of Blood (Blade of the Flame Series #1)

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Diran used to make his living as an assassin —- one of the best money could buy. But after a life-altering spiritual experience, he's turned his back on killing. All he wants is peace. But in a shoddy port city, his past catches up to him, and killing may be the only way to bring peace to a city on the verge of destruction.

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The Thieves of Blood: The Blade of the Flame, Book 1

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Overview

Diran used to make his living as an assassin —- one of the best money could buy. But after a life-altering spiritual experience, he's turned his back on killing. All he wants is peace. But in a shoddy port city, his past catches up to him, and killing may be the only way to bring peace to a city on the verge of destruction.

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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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786940059
  • Publisher: Wizards of the Coast
  • Publication date: 5/9/2006
  • Series: Eberron: Blade of the Flame Series , #1
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 4.16 (w) x 7.72 (h) x 0.98 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 15, 2012

    A good solid fantasy read

    A good solid fantasy read

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  • Posted June 20, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    If you can't write it in one book, don't bother

    The plot is quite redundant through the series, which leads me to ask: Why is this a series and not a single novel? We all know the answer and it's publishers milking the product.

    Thinned down Fantasy is never great Fantasy, so that's about all I need to say other than the main characters are interesting and the author has a decent sense of action and description. Of course, he is no Robert Howard...but who is?

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  • Posted April 27, 2009

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    A Great Read by Tim Waggoner

    This series by Waggoner is the best. The characters are intriguing and complex. I recomend this book to anyone who is an avid fanasy reader. Tim's style will not disappoint, the book is filled with action but not lacking in plot. I admire the authors ability to create a main character that is intriging and tough but does not reliey heavily on magical abilities to do the job. In the end, this is currently my favorite series that I have read. I recommend it. Give this book a try, it will not disappoint.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 26, 2008

    Storytelling At Its Best

    This is one of the first novels released for the Eberron world. It was also the first Eberron novel that I had read. It has a wonderful storyline that really grabs a hold of you and holds on tight til the very end. Even the ending leaves you wanting more. The plot is gripping and the emotions are extravagent. This novel is truly a wonderful read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 11, 2007

    a mysterious, plot-twisting adventure

    a spectacular new vision of assassins. a fantastic novel with plenty of action and adventure. a truly original, and well thought fantasy. can easily become a major motion picture. recommended to all those fantasy lovers out there.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 13, 2007

    Fantasic, Amazing, and Perfect at the same time!

    as a new reader in the world i found this book very good. i can never seem to keep my eyes off this book and i just want to keep reading. i love the fact that it usesed as m i call 'time framing' where the author makes it a some-what of a flash back. the author go back and forth with the chareters so the reader know what is going on in both the charaters minds and what is happening to them all at once. i would recommend this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 7, 2007

    Can't Wait for a Sequal

    This book was deffinitly one of the best book I have ever read. The characters, the plot, everything is perfect.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2006

    Wow is right...

    I first came across this book on the WoTC website and read the sample chapter, and from there I was hooked. The characters, the plot, the setting, everything about this book is so well written. I am excited to read upcoming titles in this series, which I hope isn't just a trilogy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 30, 2006

    BUY THIS BOOK

    Wow, just wow. I got this book hoping it would be cool. I thought the cover looks kickass, story sounded good, hey why not read my first eberron (only forgotthen before) and it was worth the money and double. Dont even worry about the ending, its awsome and emotionally moved me, maybe the first book to do so and ive read almost all of the forgotthen realms. Great characters especially Ghaji.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 13, 2006

    Great Book! Needs to have a sequel!

    It tells a story of a badass assasin gone priest. I thought this book may be a disappointment but i was wrong and after the first chapter was abosolutely hooked. Diran is one of the coolest, most exciting character next to Drizzt, Artemis, and Jarlaxle being a crazy good fighter.

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