The Weight of Blood, (The Half-Orcs, Book 1)

The Weight of Blood, (The Half-Orcs, Book 1)

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by David Dalglish
     
 

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Harruq and Qurrah Tun, half-blood exiles of elves and orcs, have sworn their lives to the prophet of a death god, gaining power in return for igniting war between the race of elves and man. Harruq's love of an elf may save him from his dark path, but to protect her means he must turn against his brother and fight the killing nature with which he was born. No matter

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Harruq and Qurrah Tun, half-blood exiles of elves and orcs, have sworn their lives to the prophet of a death god, gaining power in return for igniting war between the race of elves and man. Harruq's love of an elf may save him from his dark path, but to protect her means he must turn against his brother and fight the killing nature with which he was born. No matter his decision, someone will die.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940000831915
Publisher:
David Dalglish
Publication date:
02/16/2010
Series:
The Half-Orcs , #1
Sold by:
Smashwords
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
31,647
File size:
2 MB

Meet the Author

David Dalglish currently lives in rural Missouri with his wife Samantha, daughter Morgan, and dog Asimov. He graduated from Missouri Southern State University in 2006 and currently devotes himself to perfecting his craft. He spends his free time playing racquetball and watching PBS with his daughter.

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Weight of Blood 3.9 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 199 reviews.
Syria_Says More than 1 year ago
Storyline: I have to admit that this was my first dark fantasy. I have read much of fantasy prior to, but this was a new experience and I must say I was impressed. The story follows the squalid lifestyle of two outcasts, Harruq and Qurrah Tun who happen to be half Orc and half Elf by blood (speaking of blood). They are basically unwanted and unloved by any save each other and the stronger one looks after the younger while he cultivates his dark powers. They are recruited by an evil entity bent upon bringing a new kingdom of terror and evil upon the land. Although they are not human, they have some very human traits though only one of them seems to have any semblance of a conscience and soon they have a slight disagreement when one of them falls in love with an Elf. Grammar/Spelling: Spelling and grammar are very well edited with very few mistakes noticeable throughout the book. Nothing detracts from the storyline and though the story is quite bleak and disturbing, I kept putting it down and then finding myself drawn back to it out of sheer morbid curiosity. Character Development: Mr. Dalglish wove a dark spell over me with his story of these two emotionally disturbed brothers. I found myself actually rooting for one of them and feeling sorry for the other even though they are quite evil in general. The characters are extremely well developed and described, their feelings are exposed and their pain palpable. I like the Elves and sympathize with their plight. Men, it would seem, are completely irrelevant and expendable in this dark tale. Writing Style: The writing style is fast-paced and action-filled. Very little time passes between one terrifying development and the next. Mr. Dalglish's expert descriptions leave little to the imagination and the reader can almost smell the burning flesh, hear the screams of anquish and taste the blood in the air. The really, really bad guys get their just deserts. Continuity: Time line is spot on. Orcs stay dirty and Elves stay clean. Ha! Overall Rating: A solid 5 for the genre, but get ready to rumble if you want to read it. It's quite gory in some parts and plumb awful in others. Extreme violence, sexual content, disturbing imagery.
ChrisMartin More than 1 year ago
Love the take on evil trying to do good, the bluntness of necessary evil, and the subject of redemption. Can't wait to get my hands on the next book!
TypicallyLost More than 1 year ago
David Daglish; the author, invites you into the lives of two brothers with painful pasts and little potential for a better future. A stark writing style paints a picture of dark deeds done for many excuses and a seemingly endless spiral toward becoming the monster everyone expects. In this book Daglish appears slightly uncertain in his voice,however the intent is clear and the reward is watching the author develop with his characters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved the book! It was great. This is coming from a science fiction reader. You need to GET THIS BOOK!
getmine More than 1 year ago
if you have ever done something wrng in yr life this is the bok for you
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed throughtout the series. The last book was sketchy though but still worth reading.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Had fun reading this book.
Lange More than 1 year ago
These books brought me back to R A Salvador times. Good chars you can grow with. Read them all, they are great.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an awesome story that explores the darker side of the human soul. Its the story of two brothers, betrayed by the world, tempted by darkness, and desperatly trying to do right with little knowledge of what 'right' is. Everyone should read this series at least once in thier life. Fair warning, it is rather a dark and grimm story with a lot of violence.
sdlocke More than 1 year ago
I really like this book it was differant than most books you read and the ending was great
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
All can say is pick it up and read it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A dark and original tale of orcs, elves and evil.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The series was a little dark, but over all I found it to be a great read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It has a lot of killing and at one point I almost stopped reading because of it. I kept going though because the story is interesting and I did want to see how things turned out.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really enjoyed the book, went out and put the rest of the series on list to get and then looked at some of his other books. A very interesting read and was nice to see a totally different view of characters. Nice to cheer on "Bad" guys once and awhile and hope that they can get a good turn.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
was not expecting much was very pleasantly surprised and good read
Jeff Woodlock More than 1 year ago
If you enjoy fantasy novels and can handle the protaganists committing some vile acts you will find yourself wanting to get the next book.
winterspark More than 1 year ago
Characters were easy to relate to and the book grabs your interest from the start. Could not put the book down and easy read
Arrat More than 1 year ago
Great book. While it is about "evil" characters, I liked how they weren't the typical "evil" characters you read about. I liked "looking" into the characters, thier thoughts, feeling , and desires. The characters were well devleoped & as was the plot. The only reason I didn't give the book a 5 stars was I think the relationship between the A & H wasn't done well. I could understand them being "friends", but "loving" H after knowing what he had done? Not sure about that. The ending was different, I will look forward to reading the next book!
PlowKing88 More than 1 year ago
I really liked this book and loved how you felt the inner turmoil of the characters. I don't know if I like it enough to pay for more, but maybe when I am done with the books I have I might pick up the next.
F_Ramey More than 1 year ago
This is a great book and one that I would recommend even if it wasn't free, since it is free though, everyone who reads fantasy should get this book. I look forward to getting to the rest of the series as soon as I make my way through some other books that I have bookmarks stuck in both around the house and on the Nook. Keep writing, I'll keep reading!
Brian Himes More than 1 year ago
Do it!
Void More than 1 year ago
I picked up this book and I couldn't put it down! I keep reading through the entire series! This is one of the best series out there!
MJA-Ware More than 1 year ago
If you like fantasy, you'll enjoy this one. It's well written. The story is dark, but engaging. The main Characters are Orcs, so it's fun to read from the perspective of the bad guys. The story is graphic (hey these guys are Orcs), so it's not for the YA crowd. But it's in line with most similar novels out there.
Anonymous 4 months ago
Good