"Scourge of the Betrayer is as harsh and profane as anything Richard K. Morgan or Joe Abercrombie serves up. Fortunately, Saylards has the skills - and the humor - to pull it off. Snappy dialogue, political intrigue, shady characters, gripping action sequences, a poor guy that has no idea what he's gotten himself into... Yeah, there's a lot to like about this debut." --David Anthony Durham, author of The Acacia Trilogy.
"Scourge of the Betrayer is a fascinatingly lateral take on quest fantasy. The strangely flawed Captain Killcoin and the curiously naive scribe Arkamondos intersect in unusual and interesting ways as they deal with politics, combat, and a peculiar costly form of magic. A gripping read, this is a fine opening to a series I'm looking forward to continuing to enjoy." --Jay Lake, author of Mainspring and Green
"Gritty, gripping, and layered with surprises." --Howard A. Jones, author of The Waters of Eternity
"I've long been a great fan of novels that play and experiment with the standards of fantasy, and Scourge of the Betrayer comes as no exception. Salyards not only executes the tropes of the genre skillfully, but he knows just when and how to surprise the reader by veering AWAY from any expectations we might be developing. Readers of traditional fantasy and sword-and-sorcery definitely should give this one a look; I'm impatient for a sequel already, myself." --Ari Marmell, author of The Conqueror's Shadow and The Goblin Corps
"A tale of terror and bloodshed, set on a fascinating world, told by an interesting narrator. What more could you want?" -- Mike Resnick, Hugo and Nebula award winning author.
"[A] fascinatingly lateral take on quest fantasy. A gripping read, this is a fine opening to a series I'm looking forward to continuing to enjoy."
— Jay Lake, author of Mainspring and Green
Jeff Salyardsgrew up in a small town north of Chicago. While it wasn't Mayberry, it was quiet and sleepy, so he got started early imagining his way into other worlds that were loud, chaotic, and full of irrepressible characters. While he ultimately moved away, he never lost his fascination for the fantastic. Though his tastes have grown a bit darker and more mature over the years. Jeff lives near Chicago with his wife and three daughters. By day, he is a book editor for the American Bar Association; by night, he will continue to crank out novels as long as there are readers willing to read them.
A creative work of fantasy that created a fascinating world with characters that had depth and credibility and great dialogue. Totally unpredictable. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Anita M. Ventrelli
I walked into this book not knowing anything about it aside from the cover art, the cover of its sequel, Veil of the Deserter, and the internet whisperings of 'Grimdark. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Rev. Zombie
This book just never took off for me. The back 25% of the book was written to set the stage for book #2. This book lacked details and never did a good job keeping me connected.Published 4 months ago by jim gross
So Scourge of the Betrayer has been tempting me for some time now and I finally took the plunge. Book nerds know: it’s difficult to wedge in something new when you have piles of... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Winchester13
This book is short, but not a short story. The development of the characters, scenery, and action are quite detailed. So, a short book with this level of development, what gives? Read morePublished 5 months ago by Bearman
In Scourge of the Betrayer, Jeff Salyards creates a vivid and engaging fantasy world, with a reality and grimness that leaves the reader feeling as though the world is real, lived... Read morePublished 6 months ago by J. Pearson
Scourge of the Betrayer isn't a typical Fantasy novel, but I'm not sure what is these days. Scourge is filled with adult situations, violence, and moral dilemmas. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Tanja Morgan
For a rather short story, the author really put a lot of details and story into it. The scenes or story doesn't seem epic, or grandiose. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Dmcgowan