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The Weight of Blood (The Half-Orcs Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

David Dalglish
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Book Description

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.

THE WEIGHT OF BLOOD by David Dalglish
To side with one means to turn on another. No matter Harruq’s decision, someone he loves will die.


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 with a degree in Mathematics and currently spends way too much free time playing the WiiU.

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  • File Size: 2496 KB
  • Print Length: 228 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Eschaton Press (January 31, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0036R4JU6
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52 of 58 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Really Good Concept; Sub-Par Execution January 16, 2011
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The Weight of Blood is the first book in David Dalglish's Half-Orcs series which, to the best of my knowledge, is intended to be a five-part series. I picked up the Weight of Blood as part of an omnibus set that included the first three books in Dalglish's series. The series follows the travails of two half-orc brothers, Harruq and Qurrah, as they are caught up in a dark wizard's plot to start a war between the humans and the elves of the land. As opposed to typical fantasy literature, however, the protagonists are not, at least so far, the good guys. Rather, they assist the dark wizard in bloodshed, war, and chaos. In fact, this is a brutal novel, rife with visceral slaughter and carnage. If you are uncomfortable with gore and violence, don't read this book.

As the title of my review suggests, the idea behind the Half-Orcs is pretty good. The problem is in the execution. Granted, the Weight of Blood is the first book in the series (and a relatively short one at that), so these problems may, and hopefully will, be ameliorated by future volumes. Dalglish has created a very interesting world. The problem is that he doesn't really explore it at all. The events of the novel, for the most part, take place in two cities, neither of which are really fleshed out at all. The world's history is explained in bits and pieces, but not thoroughly enough to give the world realistic feel. Time devoted to world building in the sequel novel would be time very well spent.

Further, the basic plot structure is rather appealing. Yes, Harruq and Qurrah are not good people. So if you only like reading about people you can really cheer for, than this probably isn't your type of novel. Harruq is developed very well throughout the novel.
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46 of 58 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wild and meaningful ride July 29, 2010
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What would you get if you turned Fritz Leiber's Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser into a pair of half-orc brothers, gave them severe inferiority complexes, moral ambiguity, and massive tempers, and then threw in a powerful religious zealot who sways them closer to the dark side than any individual should ever be comfortable with?

Why, you'd have "The Weight of Blood" by David Dalglish.

"The Weight of Blood" is an extremely dark fairy tale that tells the story of those aforementioned half-orc brothers, Qurrah and Harruq Tun. As far as main characters go, I don't think I've ever seen their likeness. Sold separately into slavery by their orc mother early on in life, they eventually escaped and found each other again, only to grow up without guidance on the streets of a town called Veldaren, scavenging for food and learning that sometimes in life, when you come from nothing, it's better to kill than be killed. Qurrah is a spindly and coldly intelligent sort whose greatest passion is to become a powerful sorcerer. Harruq, on the other hand, is a large-bodied and (sometimes) kind-hearted oaf who exists seemingly only to protect his physically weaker brother. The dialogue between the two borders on hilarious in the early going, when they're still nothing but vagrants. But there is something darker in them, mostly in regards to Qurrah, which begging to be released. They are archetypal antiheroes, existing on the periphery of a society that wants no part of them.

The story starts off with a bang, dropping us in on the brothers as an army of orcs attempts to invade Veldaren. It is here that we first meet Velixar, a necromancer and master of the dark arts, who eventually takes the brothers under his wing.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Worth what I paid for it. August 26, 2012
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I got this book for a grand total of ZERO dollars and I certainly feel like I got my money's worth. There is nothing I can say about this book that hasn't already been said, so I'll just line item it out for you.

Possible SPOILERS ahead!

Interesting concept
Dark fantasy (if you like that sort of thing)
Enjoyable action scenes

I don't believe any of these relationships. Aurelia ignores the fact that Harruq is a cold blooded butcher because he acts goofy around her? Oh, and she runs off with him after he spilled her guts all over the road. After all, he felt bad about it afterward and gave her a healing potion. (BTW, healing potions are a bit of a cheap literary device IMO.)
Flat, shallow characters with no life in them. I could have accepted that Aurelia loved Harruq if there had been a good reason.
The only interesting character was the necromancer but even he was a little one dimensional. What, exactly was his motivation outside of "destroying the world" and general bad-guy stuff?
The writing was really not great. It felt very rushed and hackneyed. Like this was a first draft or just a concept piece to be sent to a publisher.
Empty, lifeless world. In fantasy and science fiction, the setting is in many ways just as important as the characters (again, my opinion). Too much of the world was just glossed over.
Questionable timeline. Sometimes it seems like the brothers move from town to town in just a couple hours.

To be fair, there is a serviceable story underneath the book's many problems. I feel like the author was in a hurry to get it out there and did not take the time to give the story the care it deserved.

As a side note, I finished this book and immediately began reading Ender's Game to get the taste out of my mouth.
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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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