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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By Forrest on 10-02-17
Dark fantasy doesn't get much darker
So to start with this isn't my favorite type of fantasy. When I say dark fantasy I don't think it could get much darker. As the listener you want to connect with the characters but for me that never happened. The only positive quality I saw in them was that the two brothers were devoted to one another. It's almost like the story of two abandoned kids who have seen only bad then worse times throughout their life. They have no moral compass and they don't truly see their wrong. I can see where this series could probably be a story of redemption but this just wasn't my cup of tea. I thought the narrator could have done something a little different with the voices as well. Both voices come off as clear and brutish but well spoken. Not what you would think of for abandoned half orc children one of which can barely talk and when there were moments of real emotion between the characters I just didn't really feel it in the narration. I may be being overly critical as I said this isn't my kind of story and I waited a full day after reading to review. The back story does appear promising, I just don't think this would be a series I read/listen to the end.
This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.
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By Mary Karowski on 07-02-17
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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