- 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
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,849 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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The Weight of Blood (The Half-Orcs Book 1) Kindle Edition
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The two main characters, Harruq and Qurrah, can hardly even be called anti-heros. There wasn't enough hero in them, Qurrah especially. The only humanity [for lack of a more appropriate term] left in him seemed to be his affection for his brother and even that was contaminated by manipulating Harruq for his own nefarious ends. But still, I could at least relate to Harruq. I could see that in other circumstances he would have been a kind soul, might even have still had one despite his HORRIBLE, CRUEL, VILE actions. He killed children for goodness sake!
Relate to him as I might, I had a really hard time reconciling his personality with his actions. Don't get me wrong. I understand that this dichotomy between his natural inclinations and the reality of his circumstances was in large part one of the themes of the book. But his willingness to simply do as told by Qurrah was hard to accept.
The book was well written, though I was left with some very basic questions unanswered. I had a lot of trouble deciding what age H & Q were supposed to be, for example. In the beginning I thought they might be children. Their brotherly attachment was so strong that they felt young, since as people age their social circle tends to broaden and those familiar bonds dilute. Their actions and thoughts quickly made it clear that they weren't children however, but an age was never given. Somewhere between 15-25 maybe. They may even have been twins since their father was only said to have slept with their mother once, but again, this was never clarified.
This isn't a book I enjoyed, but this isn't the type of book one reads to enjoy. Enduring the tragedy of it all is part of the experience, part of removing yourself from your comfortable life to remind yourself what another's life might be like. Having done that, I think I need to go read something light and fluffy, with an unquestionable HEA.
It is endearing to see the love and loyalty they have for each other, although you wonder at times if Qurrah is as capable of love as his brother. They have lived through many difficulties and know that their best chance for survival is to stay together. However, they lead separate lives as Qurrah pursues the magic and knowledge of a necromancer, and Harruq wants to learn more fighting techniques with his new weapons.
While these two represent everything bad in the Orcs, I enjoyed seeing the light, even fun interaction between Harruq and the elf Aurelia as he teaches her to spar with her staff. Wary of each other, they find that they have feelings for each other anyway. She claims it is his Elven side that is showing.
This book shows that we are each capable of good and evil, and that we are stronger when we work together. It also shows that love can work wonders on a life that would otherwise have little worth. I'm not trying to give away the story, but it was uplifting - for a dark fantasy. I will definitely be reading the next book in the series.
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It's dark and dreary but killing children...eck!
This is a dark book about orphaned, sold half-orc brothers. One is darkness, not wanting the light side of his elven heritage.Read more
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