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Avenger (Reaper Hawk) (Volume 2) Paperback – May 31, 2016
"A true homage to old-school Sword and Sorcery. A great read!!"
- Luke Crewe (Amazon Reviewer)
Éric Kasprak rated it 5 stars (Goodreads)
It was amazing
Thank you DJ Chamberlain. It's good to finally read some classic, pulpy, good old-fashion Sword and Sorcery. Reaper Hawk sits in a tavern and tell his tales to a bard (Pin Wei) with all the sensibility of a surprisingly educated barbarian warrior, which is to say - no flip, just fist. The story is full of fights, sorcery, monsters, honor, etc. and the pacing is kept furious without the long winded parts that are so prevalent in most of todays fantasy. The author has a real talent for storytelling, I felt like I was hearing the story and not reading it. The The way the author change the speech pattern between characters is refreshing and very well done. In my review of the first book a praise the author for truthfully capturing the spirit of Robert E. Howard's Conan and this second, longer, book only serve to cement my opinion.
From the Author
Avenger is the second book in the Reaper Hawk series and develops the theme that underlies much of what comes after, Reaper's commitment to his friends and willingness to go to almost any lengths to defend, or avenge, them. The trigger for the story was a song from the mid 70s, but you can read more about that in the Author's Note inside the book. ;) This story got a little darker than Gladiator, the first book in the series. In Avenger, Reaper is older and his reputation, though not yet at the heights that it will achieve, has grown enough that people expect trouble from him. Not everyone appreciates the moral distinctions he uses as his code and he has to deal with the consequences inherent when people take offence at the death toll entailed by his involvement in any situation.
If you are planning to read, or have already read, Sorceress, then reading Avenger will provide illumination on some of the events mentioned in that book. Avenger is a stand-alone book, but it also holds a lot of the seeds from which Sorceress and the whole Undying Saga sprouted.
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