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About the Author
Rob J. Hayes is the author The Northern Sunrise, It Takes a Thief to Catch a Sunrise, and The Ties that Bind series which includes The Heresy Within, The Color of Vengeance, The Price of Faith and The Bound Folio.--This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 293 pages
- Publication date : June 21, 2017
- File size : 2070 KB
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B071ZBTG8Q
- Screen Reader : Supported
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #165,909 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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At the ending of The Heresy Within, we are presented with an ending that is shocking to say the least and so with The Color Of Vengeance, we begin with Betrim Thorn who has been imprisoned after his failed attack on the Arbiter Kessick. Awakening in a dank corner he recalls his failed fight and the vital organ he lost. He manages to find his way out his most recent impediment and goes back to the wilds wherein he knows what to expect. Pern Suzku is a Haarin, warriors who take contracts to guard people who can afford their services. Among the Haarin, he is considered to be one of the best if not the best one.
His newest client however might be one to force Pern to reconsider what it means to be a Haarin. With the Black Thorn's escape, the inquisition decides to send a new type of person to deliver their verdict. Jacob Lee is the person chosen for the task and he's a Templar with a penchant for dancing and seeing through lies. However his dance is the type that leaves broken bones, & dead bodies in his wake. Lastly all these characters are heading towards Solantis wherein most of them will meet up with some of their past and a reckoning for the future.
There are a few other characters from the preceding volume who make their appearances as well but I'm hoping that the readers RAFO about them. But to put it mildly, The Colour of Vengeance simply blows away The Heresy Within and is safe to say the better book of the two. Once again the main reason is the characterization and as with the last book, it's the POV characters that make it such fun to read. Beginning with the Black Thorn, Suzku, Jacob, Henry and the non-POV characters, mostly everyone is a two-faced killer and even harder to judge.
The author marvels in creating a volatile situation in the city of Solantis and to add to that are all these hot-headed killers and deadly warriors that are headed towards a violent finish. While this does seem a bit generic in the sense that cool characters come together and fight, what differentiates this book from the riff-raff is that the author creates a fantastic storyline wherein every new chapter adds to the tension and keeps the plot simmering all the way to its action-packed climax.
I can't stress how terrific these characters are but think of all the bad-ass, grey characters we know from ASOIAF, the First Law trilogy, the works of David Gemmell and David Dalglish, simply put we get similar bad-ass rogues here and they will absolutely keep you riveted. Secondly the dialogue and action sequences are top-notch, with the variety of characters that fill in the pages, dialogue becomes crucial and the author doesn't disappoint with his gems from time to time. The action is also considerably amped up and for those who can't get enough of it; this book should very well fulfill all your cravings.
Also this book introduces a bit more of the secondary characters including a certain pirate who becomes a monumental figure in the overall happenings as well gives a clue about the overall world and therefore expands the story from its simple trapping of being a revenge saga. I loved how the author takes minor characters from his previous books and makes them standout ones. Cases in point are Anders, Henry and Drake Morass, the author deftly showcases what might be truly happening but then again readers must be wary that all is definitely not what it seems to be.
Negative points about this book are almost next to none for me. However one big point for many could be the absence of two of the main POVs from its predecessor. However because this volume focuses on newer characters who shine brightly if not more. Perhaps the reappearance of all the characters from the previous book can be thought of more than simply coincidental as the story makes it out to be. The author could have smoothed this bit of the story but the way it all happens I didn't mind it. I didn't have any other complaints about this book and it's safe to say that this is a dark fascinating gem of a sequel.
CONCLUSION: The Color Of Vengeance is not simply a revenge saga, no more than The Lies of Locke Lamora is simply a story of thieves. It's much more than that and possibly the best fantasy book I've read so far in 2013. Don't take my word for it and start reading this series to see why I think Rob J. Hayes is the next fantastic Brit addition to the field of dark, gritty fantasy and another Indie gem after last year's Anthony Ryan.
I really liked book 1 but I can see the author is getting even better in book 2 and I'm excoited about book 3. This is really absorbing dark fantasy.
I'm expecting greatness from Mr. Hayes and will be checking all his future works. I've always been a fan of amoral heros who can function without too much convenient magic.
Good continuation of the Ties that Bind series. The story continues with some separation of parties but maintains the overall theme of something between The Expendable movie and Game of Thrones level rape, whoring, and blood letting. It's grunge and grind with entertaining characters thoughout, which makes it fun to read! Props to the writer, the writing is really good - colorful with wonderful/easy word flow. I look forward to finding what else is out there by Hayes.
Top reviews from other countries
This is a cliché I know, but yet another real page turner form Mr Hayes. He gets around the difficulty of a first person narrative by telling the story in chapters from different characters perspectives. But as it’s a continuing story I never got the feeling as one does sometimes that the author really wrote a few short stories and then shuffled them together. The whole thing flows well and is well worth your time.
Anyone who likes Patrick Rothfuss or Scott Lynch and particularly Joe Abercrombie will enjoy this one. Highly recommended!
I don't think there is any middle trilogy lull with this book and its a right racy read. A couple of new characters, both very interesting and a twist or two to keep the reader hooked.
I am impressed with the pricing of this trilogy and after reading the first one didn't hesitate to buy the next two.
Would definitely appeal to fans of Abercrombie or Gemmel.
That said, I still enjoyed the story as it unfolded. There were some shocks and surprises, and some gritty story lines, but ultimately the story flowed well from the end of the first book to the end of this one. If you got on with the first book you'll want to read this one as well.