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

David Dalglish
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Fantasy author David Dalglish begins his series of the half-orc brothers, whose struggles will soon bathe the land of Dezrel in demon fire...

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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 works as a para-professional with Special Education students. He spends his free time watching PBS and Spongebob Squarepants with his daughters.

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  • File Size: 605 KB
  • Print Length: 228 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1450574483
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Eschaton Press (January 31, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0036R4JU6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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50 of 55 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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45 of 56 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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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Very Well Written, Just Not For Me May 28, 2011
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I'm sorry to cast a "nay" vote, and give only 2 stars, but this book was just not for me. I couldn't identify with or get into the orcs here. It felt too much like siding with the bad guys. These orcs are pretty loathsome. I anticipate they probably prove themselves to have some desirable qualities by the end of the story, but I gave up way too soon because my non-orc sensibilities were deeply offended.

However, for those who are not so prudish or squeamish or pro-human-biased like me, this may be a really cool story.

The most important thing to take from this review, however, is this: IT'S A DAMNED WELL-WRITTEN BOOK. This author can write, and write very well. If you're into this particular sort of story, then you'll find this an excellent read. It just wasn't for me.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Its been done better before December 28, 2011
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The concept is not new (see Dragonlance) and the execution of the concept it not really solid. I might pick up the second book in the hopes that it gets better, but not a third unless the second is really amazing.

The world that the character inhabit is a two-dimensional world of cardboard cut-outs. The two towns that we actually get to visit are shown in black and white with not a single interesting scene. In fact the entire world has a very spaghetti on the wall feel where the author just hand-waved any need for a background or secondary scenes.

However this is not really a bad thing. In that type of environment you really hang the story on the strength of the main and supporting characters. This is where the wheels come off of this wagon. Given the dark nature of this book (and never forget this is a dark book) you are not meant to like the main characters (two half-orc brothers). Still, you need to be interested in reading about these characters. The weak magic-using brother is given very short snippets that shows the author could really care less about the character - this bother is instead used as little more than a hook upon which to hang the sword-wielding brother.

The sword brother is given some depth, motive, and a small amount of personality beyond the "Hulk Smash" mentality of magic boy. He interacts with the few secondary characters that are thrown in the book - only one of the secondary characters has any personality - but it is better than nothing.

You do not care if the brothers are redeemable, you do not care if the world burns, you do not care about the many lives that are smashed along the path. There is simply nothing to solidly grasp and care about.

I wanted to like this book. The concepts may be retread, but an interesting insight or characters can drive something like that along. Instead I found that reading this book was a chore and that is about the worst thing I ever find in a book.
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3.0 out of 5 stars I thought it had potential.
I thought it had potential, but the ending was flat. The characters almost had "It". The chemistry that makes a book really good. Read more
Published 17 days ago by Keirathyl
1.0 out of 5 stars hard to get into
Hard to get into so didn't finish. Maybe these kind of books just are not for me. Sorry about that.
Published 20 days ago by mj
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Series
If you get into this book and like the story and characters you will want to finish the entire series.
Published 1 month ago by Michael J Roseski
4.0 out of 5 stars Much better than I anticipated
The "heroes" of this story are not your average heroes they are often vile and despicable but they leave the reader hoping that they find redemption.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Alright
It was different but ultimately okay, not really exciting and memeroble to read but I give it an two star.
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Published 1 month ago by Daniel Graham
3.0 out of 5 stars decent read
Only got halfway through this book. was good and interesting, but i just dont read much so i never finished it.
Published 1 month ago by bsm428
4.0 out of 5 stars New spin
Good read. Excellent characters
Had familiar aspects from a new perspective. Dark but wonderfully hopeful. Can see why you went so dark even if it was disturbing at times
Published 2 months ago by Steven Walker
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing!
One of my favorite book series ever! I have read them at least 3 or 4 times and I plan on reading them more.
Published 2 months ago by Docrescue
4.0 out of 5 stars I really enjoyed the book and cannot wait to read the rest of them.
This was a great read and as an aspiring fantasy writer myself I liked light behind the darkness of the characters and their development was great.
Published 2 months ago by Cergonian
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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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