The Weight of Blood, (The Half-Orcs, Book 1)
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When half-bloods Harruq and Qurrah Tun pledged their lives to the death prophet Velixar, they sought only escape from their squalid beginnings. Instead, they become his greatest disciples, charged with leading his army of undead.
While they prepare, Harruq trains with an elf named Aurelia, to whom he owes his life. She is a window into a better world, but as war spreads between the races their friendship takes a dire turn.
Velixar orders them to fight alongside the humans, changing Aurelia from friend to foe. To protect her, Harruq must turn against his brother and fight the killing nature of his orcish heritage.
THE WEIGHT OF BLOOD by David Dalglish
To side with one means to turn on another. No matter Harruq’s decision, someone he loves will die.
About the Author:
David Dalglish currently lives in rural Missouri with his wife Samantha, daughter Morgan, and his bearded dragon. He graduated from Missouri Southern State University in 2006 with a degree in Mathematics. He spends his free time watching PBS and Spongebob Squarepants with his daughter.
I found this book to be extremely engaging. I am not really into fantasy novels, but this book had me hooked. I finished it in two nights!
I've read a whole lot of fantasy books in my life. This is a decent book, but not at the upper echelon of fantasy stories. The relationship between the Orc brothers is way too similar to the the relationship between Caramon & Raistlin <sp> of the Dragonlance series and without the level of character development of Weis & Hickman.
Even though parts of this book can be rather goulish, the author has done a fantastic job of bringing you into his world of half blood Orc brothers, mystery, magic and another side of elves. I found this book enjoyable and easy to get caught up in. Definitely a tale that has not been told before..