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The Eighth God (The Orcslayers Book 1) Kindle Edition
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- ASIN : B01M0R5C06
- Publication date : September 12, 2016
- Language : English
- File size : 4066 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 283 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1539931374
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,572,453 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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At times, I considered not finishing this, but I was reading it with a group, so I forged ahead. I had heard it was comedic and wanted to see that aspect in it. It did get there, and I am interested in reading more from this author. I think his work has potential and he hasn't quite found his voice. This read is a case of an author publishing something too quickly in an environment where self publishing is easily accessible.
I am very interested to see how his style evolves. This book becomes really cheeky in a grim setting. It's quite funny at times, and the author seems to embrace this aspect later in the book, but the opening chapters don't fit the same tone.
A couple of the characters were surprisingly funny. They were minor characters, but I wanted to see more of them, or perhaps just more of that style of humor. With further editing, the work has a lot of promise and the author has the potential for a unique and hilarious style.
I found The Eighth God to be a fast and entertaining read. It is packed with blood, gore, sex, cursing, and loads of action. A lot of questions are raised, and the plot moves barreling forward with lots of twists and turns. There is not a chance of the reader growing bored. It fulfills all the promises it makes as a grimdark tome.
But I do have a couple of gripes. The “good” characters seem a little flat and sometimes contrived; to me, it seemed the orcs had much more depth. Nevertheless, I can recommend this as a fun read, especially for those who enjoy their orc invasions lewd and gritty. I applaud the author in that absolutely nothing is off-limits, and he doesn’t ever attempt to soften a blow.
On the good side, there are the Orcslayers. They do exactly as their name implies, as the orcs in this particular tale, are uh... pretty slayworthy. They are portrayed as just ridiculously bad, mainly through the use of rape as a 'rape is bad, and these guys rape everyone, so they're bad'. The leader of the orcs is usually portrayed as either in the middle of raping someone, or just having finished raping someone. So, there's a lot of rape in this world (and it's not confined to just women either, orcs just rape errybody in the world, so hide yo kids and hide yo wife, etc), but it's not described as much as it is implied. But, that said... uh, if that's something you're sensitive about, probably skip this one. The point though, is that orcs are just... bad. They are rapey, and they are bad.
It's said that the Orcslayers were given their powers by the seven elven gods. They are more or less the avatar of whichever god they represent, so there are normally seven of them. On top of their considerable skill, they get some pretty sweet armor that changes depending on the circumstance, and sweet, sweet sometimes-sentient weapons. At least one of them has a talking sword, anyway, which is kind of awesome. It sings when it's killing orcs. Sings. But, it turns out that there are actually eight gods, and so there are eight possible avatars among the Orcslayers. Dun. Dun. DUUUUUNNNNN.
So we follow several points of view here but the main ones are:
Saethryth, who is an elven Orcslayer. He's one of the very last of them, and the orcs have pretty much killed his whole family and he's pretty much going to revenge them all. With his singing, sentient awesome orcslaying sword.
Melress, who is a half-elven battlemage, who, because of his heritage (half-elves are not really liked), has been bullied most of his life, but he's still turned out to be a good person despite that. He's also Sethryth's half-brother, and he has a talking raven named Caw as a familiar.
Bazak is a half-orc (and half-human) who is sent by his father, who hates him because of the half-human thing, to spy in the human/elven lands. He's not a good person. Most orcs hate him because he's half-human. It doesn't really stop him from being as orc as he can be. There's more than one instance of him somehow magicking himself into an elf, seducing a girl, and then (at the very least making a fine attempt at) killing her. More than one instance. This audiobook is only 6 hours long, lol.
Tierra is an elven battlemage who got tricked into sleeping with Bazak for like a month without realizing what he is, because of the whole magic-into-an-elf thing. She's aghast that she got tricked like this and so she's out for revenge. She ends up joining the Orcslayers and teams up with Saethryth to do some revenging. Also other unrelated things. With their genitals, obviously.
I have to admit that the Orcslayers and their related powers were pretty frigging cool sounding. The singing/talking sword was pretty awesome on its own, but Saethryth, for example, also has a latent power where he is immune to metal. You can stab the dude and nothing happens. Tierra can fling coins hard enough to pass through stuff like a bullet. It's vaguely Mistborn-esque, but utilized in a neat way all the same. Melress is like a necromancer. He can heal people and raise zombies, though he doesn't always know how to control that particular power. This results in some mildly funny zombies.
Sometimes this book was a little overly ridiculous for my taste, but it uses its ridiculousness and grimness to good purpose most of the time. The story is quick and the plot rolls at a good pace. I personally could do without some things like 'necromancy affects sperm somehow' but I'll give that one a pass only because that part made me snortle (chortle-snort) out loud in the middle of my workplace. So loud a coworker checked in on what was so funny. 'Pregnant zombie, lol.' ;D This was only exacerbated by one of the characters falling into random instalove with the pregnant zombie whose zombie baby is heavily hinted at being a very important zombie baby, lol. There are more sex scenes than I was expecting, most of which were... meh... >.>; they weren't the main focus of the story, and weren't the absolute worst. Still, they mostly seemed unnecessary in the first place.
The narrator was... well, he's not the worst narrator I've ever heard, but nowhere near the best. He has a strange cadence at times, and... perhaps not slurs exactly but sort of... mumbles some words? Trips over some words perhaps? It almost sounds like the book skips when this happens, so for all I know it's an audio editing thing, but there are instances of other words which were randomly mispronounced like they were just stumbled over. For instance, occasionally, the word across has a very noticeable 'T' at the end of it, for some reason. One of my co-workers pronounces it this same way sometimes, so perhaps it's some sort of regional thing? Some of the accents were really quite bad, too. Others were less bad but sounded really forced.
But, that all said, it evens out a little bit, because this guy drops f-bombs like he *means* it. He says the f-word like it's a word that he's not quite sure about, and so goes whole hog just in case. Like he's not quite sure of the level of emphasis needed, so it gets *maximum emphasis* every time, lol. It was hilarious, if I'm honest, because this book has a veritable ton of f-bombs in it. This is something I point out not in a ruined-the-book-at-all way, but just something that I noticed, lol. It lightened up the whole thing, and made what I would have called a bad narration.... not actually as bad as I initially thought it would be (though still not great, honestly =\). I hope he continues to narrate though. I think he'll be great at it with more practice. The potential is there, because his voice has a nice tone, it's just the diction that needs work.
Top reviews from other countries
I particularly liked the subplot featuring comic relief from Pock and Cock, the tavern doormen and the bickering zombie husband & wife team of Mr & Mrs Royce. Vivid, three-dimensional characters draw you in on this dark high fantasy story which, thankfully, looks like it will be the first of several books. Well worth reading this great story by new author who knows what he's doing.
Recommended. 5 stars
This isn't a book for the faint hearted. It has some scenes that are quite harrowing, where you know that a horrific end is coming for a character even while they're blithely unaware of it. This is caused mostly by the actions of the half-orc spy, Bazak. There's plenty of sneaking and conniving going on, so while the action is brutal (and very well delivered) there's some intrigue as well, giving the story another dimension.
Grimdark stories are in fantasy are increasingly popular, thanks in no small part to authors like Joe Abercrombie and others. George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire is another example. There's a sliding scale in the sub-genre between the bleak and blood soaked to the bleakly comedic and blood drenched on the edge of being silly at the other. GRRM is firmly on the right and the serious end. Abercrombie is right of centre and I'd put the Eighth God somewhere just left of that centre line. (NB this is not a political scale!).
Why 4 stars not 5? In his decision to wrestle fantasy tropes into a new shape, there are a couple of times when this doesn't work. As much as I enjoyed reading the Eighth God, there were occasions when it made me roll my eyes, but that didn't really detract too much from the overall. I probably prefer a bleaker tone with less frequent blood, sex and swearing but those things didn't put me off. There are, as is referenced in another review, a few issues with the writing itself. Nothing serious and the kind of thing that a traditional publisher would have editors combing the text for. Here the author's an Indie and the very occasional 'clunk' can be and should be forgiven.
Action like a swift sharp kick in the... but subtle it ain't. An enjoyable read.
After 5000 years of peace, Orcs are appearing in numbers in the lands of humans and elves. Hellbent on evenge, the Orcs murder and burn until the Orcslayers of lrgend rise again to stem the tide. However, all is not as it seems. Is there someone, or something, else manipulating events?
The story rattles along at a breakneck pace, slicing and dicing through characters, while peppered with earhy humour that will at times cause one to chuckle loudly.
The story is the first part of a series, and leaves plenty of dangling threads and worldbuilding to look forward to. Roll on The Sect of Seven.