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Reaper of Sorrows (Book 1) (Songs of the Scorpion) Kindle Edition

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  • File Size: 3113 KB
  • Print Length: 267 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: September 8, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00988HXJQ
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #278,056 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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James A. West is the bestselling author of the epic fantasy series Heirs of the Fallen, and the heroic fantasy series Songs of the Scorpion. He is a native of the Pacific Northwest, but life is a road of many turns. James served in the US Army, spent a year as a long-haul truck driver with his wife (who also happens to be his high-school sweetheart), and attended the University of Montana.

He currently lives in Montana with his wife, and has been known to work for chips and salsa.

While James spends most of his time navigating alternative realities, he periodically comes up for air at: jamesawest.blogspot.com

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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By AuthorRyanSchneider on November 29, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
I received a review copy of REAPER OF SORROWS and am pleased (and relieved) to report that the book is excellent all the way around. It is the opening volume of what looks to be a great adventure involving a tough, heroic soldier-turned-outcast named Rathe, aka The Scorpion. Truthfully, I am already looking forward to the second volume.

The writing was excellent; West's vocabulary is sophisticated yet eloquent and rings true to the genre. And the book was clean and professional.

Readers should note that this story is sort of "hard fantasy" (akin to "hard science fiction") in that it is very real. West does not write about fire-breathing dragons or elves or dwarves, etc., but there is magic in this story, as well as some monstrous creatures you wouldn't want to meet while camping in the mountains. Truly, some of the scenes made me cringe; a delightful reaction. I often found myself re-reading sentences and paragraphs, to re-savor the story, and to make sure I was reading it correctly.

The story itself is also well drawn and very compelling. I agreed to provide a review for the book but the most wonderful of things happened: I became a fan.

While reading, I kept thinking, 'Man, when is poor Rathe EVER going to catch a break?!' West is adept at chasing his main character up the proverbial tree, throwing rocks at him, setting the tree on fire, blowing it up with dynamite, and then chasing after him with a pack of wild dogs. The action in the story was virtually relentless. West has succeeded in the difficult and rather amorphous task of creating a character who is naturally heroic and deserves to win; we cheer him on at every step, while being forced to watch him endure hardship after hardship. Fortunately, Rathe can take it.

I look forward to the second volume of the Song of the Scorpion series, and recommend it.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Anthony Dunn on September 10, 2013
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This book was a blast, non stop action and a good story that was well written with a good cast of characters. The Scorpion (Rathe) is a character I look forward to following on his adventures. If you are looking for a fun action packed and violent book this is for you. Enjoy.
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By Deke on February 26, 2014
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Having been on a string of great premise but poorly written books this came as a pleasant surprise.

Pros:

- Well developed main character. He was written in the vain of Solomon Kane more so than Conan and I found it a pleasant take. He was tough both mentally and physically but not so much so that he was overwhelming and unbelievable. I especially like the way nothing ever came easy, there was absolutely no dues involved and the outcomes, though always in the heroes favor, only came after much trial and tribulation.

- Truly bad "bad" guys. The villans were, like the hero, not overwhelming in their power but evil enough to make you dislike them immensely and root for their demise.

- Detailed action and environment description. I truly felt like I could see and feel what the characters were doing and their sense of their environment from the POV written about

Cons:

- Limited world building and secondary character development. They were introduced, both the world and secondary characters, but we never learn about them as people, their motivations or the world at large. Though the author isn't obligated to include these aspects, when a character or world is introduced it seems incumbent to include these details. For example when REH or Wagner introduced characters or places in the world of his heroes we got backstory and descriptions.

Overall a Great book and one I would def. recommend!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By ryan oxyer on January 17, 2014
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Great book and well worth the read. Fast pace and very interesting. The author keeps the story easy to follow and discribes the worlds in a manor that doesnt take away from the pace of the book
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By wayne on January 7, 2013
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If you're ready for non-stop action with hardly room to take a breath, you're ready for this book.

Okay, you have our warrior guy, Rathe, who doesn't just like killing, maiming, raping and pillaging, even though, good warrior dude that he is, it's expected and as a captain, he's expected to tolerate and allow it. But Rathe wants more in life, he wants purpose, he wants to do right, he wants deeper meaning to life.

Good, right? Not in this story. Oh no. There are jealous wankers, and evil little monkeys (no, not literal monkeys, you dweeb) who throw monkey-wrench (yeah, see how I did that) after monkey-wrench at poor Rathe's feet, ankles, knees, head, you name it.

The poor guy just can't cut a break in this story. But you like the guy. You want him to succeed. You want him to kick evil-jealous-plotting-morons right in the ass.

This is non-stop action, full of men, and fighting, and evil, and magic, and betrayal, and lust, and twists...good golly, this book has everything but the kitchen sink.

The writing is spot on, solid. Characters are well-drawn with depth. Plot is hole-less. Very well done book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By reed triplett on June 10, 2015
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James West lays down a good story with details that makes you feel like you participate in tale. It looks like I have found another favorite author.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dragosgold on October 16, 2014
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An epic adventure with heroes and monsters abounding! Excellent narrative and full, descriptive scenery. Can't wait for the following. Forward!
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