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The Cost of Betrayal (The Half-Orcs Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

David Dalglish
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Book Description

Their prophet dead and their home lost, the half-bloods Harruq and Qurrah Tun form a strained alliance with a band of mercenaries outside the city of Veldaren.

As the brothers and their allies wage a private war against powerful thief guilds, divine forces threaten to tear them apart and ruin any hope for a better life.

Harruq must do everything he can to defend his family, for Qurrah’s love of a girl with a shattered mind and the power of a goddess may doom them all.

THE COST OF BETRAYAL by David Dalglish
The death prophet returns, and the disloyal will suffer.

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About the Author:

David Dalglish currently lives in rural Missouri with his wife Samantha and daughters Morgan and Katherine. He graduated from Missouri Southern State University in 2006 and currently spends way too much time on the WiiU.


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  • File Size: 2427 KB
  • Print Length: 342 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Eschaton Press (March 25, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003E486GO
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #70,949 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent follow-up to The Weight of Blood April 3, 2010
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I just finished this book and have to say that it is very good. I really enjoyed the first book but think this is even better and an excellent continuation to the story.
The characters really come to life in the story and several scenes in this book struck a nerve with me and touched me emotionally, which is something very few books have been able to do. One thing I really look for in a book and that will sell me on a story is if the characters are believable and that I care what happens to them. Very few books have that affect on me but this one did.

Dave Dalglish does a good job of making everyone multifaceted. No one is all good or all bad. They all have flaws, doubts, fears, dreams and hopes and that makes for good characters in my mind. I can read it and feel anger at the good guys for something they have done and feel pity for the bad guys(I won't spoil it, but read the book and you'll understand).

I am looking forward to the next book and I believe that as the story progresses it will get better and better and that Dave Dalglish will become a household name in the fantasy genre.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is more than a great book August 18, 2010
By JOA
Format:Kindle Edition
Rating: 5 out of 5

Let me preface this by saying that normally I like to sit on a book a few days before I review it. This allows me time to ponder the meaning of the story in greater detail, to mull over the finer aspects of the storytelling and decide whether my initial, guttural reaction was indeed true, or if I was simply caught up in the moment. Sometimes a book I loved will appear lesser after time, sometimes one I loathed will be struck with new meaning. This balance is what I seek and what this practice is for, to come from an objective place. However, as with most things of an objective nature, sometimes the emotion can be wrung from my explanation of it, due to both the time and that pondering.

So now I sit here, an hour past finishing "The Cost of Betrayal", the second of the Half-Orc series by David Dalglish, and I want nothing more than to get my thoughts down on paper now. This is a work that is demanding of a highly emotional state, and it's in my own, right now, that I honor it.

The story picks up where "The Weight of Blood" left off, in the aftermath of master necromancer Velixar's failed attempt to destroy Woodhaven. The three partners-in-convoluted-crime - Harruq and Qurrah, the half-orc brothers, and Aurelia, an elven sorceress - are on their way back to Veldaren, the city in which the brothers grew up, on the streets and all alone. Upon reentering the city, they are immediately attacked, by a group called the Eschaton, a militia who protects the city for coin and favor. The way Dalglish pours you right into the action is admirable. He does it without missing a beat and without a ton of setup, which is appreciated.

The small group joins up with the Eschaton, and wackiness ensues.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Definite Improvement; Still Needs Work January 24, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
The Cost of Betrayal, the second book in David Dalglish's Half-Orcs series, is a step up from its predecessor, the Weight of Blood, but still leaves a lot to be desired. The series follows the travails of Harruq and Qurrah Tun, two half-orc brothers, as they get caught up in some diabolical events, many of which they cause themselves. The story is fairly dark and brutal, so if you prefer light-hearted fantasy, this likely won't be your cup of tea.

To start with the positives, I remain very impressed by Dalglish's creativity. He's got some really good ideas here. Some people have quipped that the story reads like a Dungeons & Dragons game, but having never played D&D myself, I can't comment on that. What I can say is that Dalglish has some ideas that I, despite having read dozens of fantasy books, haven't seen before. Sure, a lot of fantasy tropes are here - orcs, elves, wizards, etc., but Dalglish provides a unique twist on a lot of those familiar tropes. Most importantly, though, Dalglish has created a world and a cast of characters that interest me (with some exception). I read through the first two books in the series in the span of a few days. Not only do they read quickly, you want to keep reading.

Unfortunately, the Weight of Blood had a lot of flaws. Dalglish has improved on some of them, but all are still issues. The biggest improvement came in the quality of the writing, from a technical perspective. The Weight of Blood featured a lot of short, choppy sentences that resulted in stilted, halting prose. Dalglish has expanded his writing repertoire; the prose now flows much more naturally. I doubt Dalglish will ever write beautiful prose, but he hopefully will continue to improve to the point where it does not detract from the reading experience.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Relentless July 3, 2010
Format:Paperback
"The Cost of Betrayal" continues the tale of the half-orc brothers, Harruq and Qurrah Tun, deepening their conflict and introducing a host of new characters.

Whilst Qurrah sinks deeper into darkness, Harruq receives the hope of redemption at the hands of new friends and family. His burden of guilt is heavy but with one clomping step at a time he tries to change.
Both brothers struggle in their own ways, Qurrah's conscience occasionally guttering like a dying candle. This keeps the brothers from dissolving into stereotypes, keeps them real and engenders empathy - no matter how discomforting this might be.

Dalglish shows a remarkable ability to write scenes with multiple characters without the reader losing sight of any of them. He blends humour and pathos to great and stirring effect. He makes strong use of dramatic irony, dipping from one point of view to the next in a succession of brief scenes letting the reader know what is coming and then, more often than not, subverting the expectation.

The dark deeds of Qurrah are compensated for by the camaraderie of the Eschaton mercenaries led by the wizard Tarlak. These characters provide the family the half-orcs have been so badly lacking, acting as mentors, friends and healers. Highly skilled and each with their idiosyncrasies, they reminded me of a fantasy version of the Avengers, flawed, individual and yet heroic and ordered to the greater good.

The book also introduces the compelling Tessana with borderline personality disorder of demonic proportions; a wonderfully sketched character with layers of complexity and archetypal resonance.
There is more darkness than light in the book with just enough respite to catch your breath.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I am on the third book in the series and enjoying it greatly
Published 19 days ago by Keith D.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great
Published 24 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book!
Awesome, fascinating and downright entertaining!
Published 1 month ago by christopher griffitts
5.0 out of 5 stars lovin it
Book two and I have to admit I was skeptical on even starting it after book one, but I'm glad I have chosen to follow the brothers tun on thier path of hopefully "redemption" ,... Read more
Published 1 month ago by R.P.
5.0 out of 5 stars great story
this is a very enjoyable series so far. i never thought i would find a story so good about characters who act so bad. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Landon
5.0 out of 5 stars Out of Darkness
Ive read several reviews stating that these books are too dark. They portray long suffering and death as a virtue to be held in the highest esteem and books so dark cannot be... Read more
Published 1 month ago by seth hefner
5.0 out of 5 stars The Cost of Betrayal
I think this book was a fast paced story that didn't take long in building the characters. It did however start to bring in characters from some of his other story lines involving... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Ken
5.0 out of 5 stars Nailed it!
Dalglish always delivers! Amazing writing as usual. I was completely riveted.
Published 3 months ago by Kristi H.
5.0 out of 5 stars kept my attention
Great book that kept me wanting to read more and more. I couldn't put it down. Love the characters. Love the story.
Published 4 months ago by TSnider
4.0 out of 5 stars pretty good book
Not a big fan of the cussing in the book, but other than that I really liked the story. I thought he did a heck of a job at story telling
Published 4 months ago by Eric Hill
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David Dalglish graduated from Missouri Southern State University in 2006 with a degree in Mathematics. When trying to be productive, and stave off returning to working fast food, he writes and self-publishes various fantasy novels, of which he's sold hundreds of thousands of copies.

He also has a lovely wife and two beautiful daughters, with all three being far better than he deserves.

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