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

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Length: 228 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

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  • File Size: 2498 KB
  • Print Length: 228 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Eschaton Press (January 31, 2010)
  • Publication Date: January 31, 2010
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0036R4JU6
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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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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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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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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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Does Amazon print the paperback versions?
The book is printed by CreateSpace, a self-publishing press that is owned by Amazon.
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