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The Half-Orcs (Omnibus, Volume One) (English Edition) [Kindle Edition]

David Dalglish

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The Half-Orc Series chronicles the trials of Harruq and Qurrah Tun, brothers of mixed blood and humble beginnings. One will seek redemption and atonement for the evil he has done. One will destroy everything to deny his wrongs.

Volume One contains the first three books of the series.

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THE WEIGHT OF BLOOD – At his brother’s insistence, Harruq Tun pledges loyalty to the death prophet Velixar, dooming their lives to murder and bloodshed. Only an elf named Aurelia provides hope for escape…an elf on the side of the enemy. An elf Harruq is ordered to kill.

THE COST OF BETRAYAL – The battle of Woodhaven behind them, Harruq hopes for a better life with Aurelia. Qurrah, however, continues his practice of the dark arts. When he falls for a girl lost to madness, he will do anything to save her – even if it means harming those his brother loves most.

THE DEATH OF PROMISES - After a bloody conflict with his brother, Qurrah Tun flees west with his lover, the strange and powerful Tessanna. He seeks an ancient tome known as Darakken’s spellbook, its pages containing the secrets of the world's very creation. Only Harruq and his friends can stand against the darkness his brother might unleash.

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About the Author:

David Dalglish currently lives in rural Missouri with his wife Samantha, daughter Morgan, and bearded dragon. He graduated from Missouri Southern State University in 2006 with a degree in Mathematics and currently spends his free time watching PBS and Spongebob Squarepants with his daughter.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 7854 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 850 Seiten
  • Gleichzeitige Verwendung von Geräten: Keine Einschränkung
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B003UN7110
  • Text-to-Speech (Vorlesemodus): Aktiviert
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  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: #132.452 Bezahlt in Kindle-Shop (Siehe Top 100 Bezahlt in Kindle-Shop)

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4.0 von 5 Sternen Great series 6. Dezember 2010
Von Matthew Blinow - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verifizierter Kauf
I bought the first book in this series when it was sold for free a few weeks ago, and it wasn't very long before I bought this omnibus.
The characters are easy to like (or hate. While some fantasy keeps my attention through a complex world, the characters were to real attraction here, and the story moved at a pace that kept me reading.
The battles are also beautifully crafted, and can be an often be a movie-like experience. The various spells and weapons keep the battles interesting and varied.
The only reason I don't give this five stars is that I thought the second book progressed too slowly, and for a large portion of it I wasn't sure what the main conflict was, but it did perform the job of building up many of the characters.
After finishing the third book, I am eager to continue this story and can't wait to see how it ends.

It is also worth noting that each book in the series has a solid ending. I am annoyed by series where the first book will end on a cliffhanger forcing you to continue. Here, you only continue because you want to remain in the Author's world a little bit longer.
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2.0 von 5 Sternen My D&D Game: Let Me Tell You About It 28. Dezember 2010
Von R. Andrew Meger - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verifizierter Kauf
So like I do every year in advance of traveling to the familial homestead, I pick up a nice big fantasy omnibus to read in between gorging myself on food and booze. This year, I picked up the Half-Orcs Omnibus. I had read the recent prequel, Dance of Cloaks, and figured that some more Dalglish was what Santa ordered - fast moving story, interesting plot elements, and a developed setting.

I was let down.

It's pretty clear that these Half-Orc books represent early times in the development of the author. I just didn't realize how far he had come to get to Dance of Cloaks.

These books read flat up like some dude's D&D campaign. And I only half mean that in a bad way. I have no problem with D&D inspired stories - I can look past the obvious descriptions of spells right out of the Player's Handbook, NPC toughguys (aka "DM's Pets") saving the day at the last minute, and garbled plots involving prophecies and ancient evils and stuff.

But I didn't play D&D for all those years without learning a little something about pacing.

I gave up in the second book. Another reviewer comments about how cheesy it is - he's right. The first book had action (humans vs elves vs zombies vs orcs) and tension (one brother struggling against what he knew what was right and wrong in order to support the other). The second book has giant wedding scenes. Seriously, the second book is like a fanfic written about the first. There is a wedding scene that takes up at full 5% of the ENTIRE OMNIBUS and it's pretty much straight out of What If Harry Married Luna Lovegood? It just chokes down the entire pace of the story and robs it of any epic feel. You go from the brothers doing dark deeds to survive in a desperate situation to page after page of Three's Company style intra-party antics. It's like listening in to the tabletalk from a D&D game when the DM is just biding his/her time until the next plot event happens - fun if you're involved, but hell on earth if you have to witness it.

Character development is more show and tell than anything. The heroes seem to switch sides and pledge undying loyalty every seven to ten minutes.

I totally support the author going the self-publishing route on Kindle. I think more authors should do it. I think that Dance of Cloaks is a great example of how good a self-published ebook can be.

The Half-Orcs Omnibus, however, is not. Given the cost of books nowadays, its pricetag is ~just~ worth it for the first book. Pretend the rest don't exist and you won't be let down.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Best I've read in years! 20. Dezember 2010
Von M. Brophy - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verifizierter Kauf
I typically do not take the time to write reviews but I felt this series deserved it. I read a couple hundred fantasy books a year and this easily made my top ten this year and as the series is still ongoing it will remain there for years to come. The characters really are shown to you with both sides of the coin, as in seeing the good and evil and actually understanding the motivations. The story moves fast with great fighting but even in the downtime the story shines through making it enjoyable. The pricing is amazing for the series and I would have paid five times the price to read it. As a whole series and as individual books they deserve to be in a top ten fantasy list.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Great read! 30. August 2010
Von P. Bennett - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verifizierter Kauf
There are a lot of reviews for the individual books but since I purchased this grouping and there is only one review for it, I thought I'd add my meager thoughts on the series.
Wow - it's refreshing to have primary characters that aren't pure sugary gumdrop and fairy goodness! Several of the main characters are pretty 'evil' and well, I kind of enjoyed it. If everyone was like that would I? No. It's just nice to have highly conflicted characters who are more than capable of doing 'bad' things. Because there are a lot of well written reviews for the individual books I won't try to go into too much detail (and since I'm a terrible reviewer), but there were definitely a number of *holy crap!* moments in the books that will not let you put the book down.
Some aspects of the books would make me want to give them only 4 stars (still a high rating for me) but given how far David has reached here and how much I think he pushed some of the characters I have to go ahead and give it the full 5. Now I'm just waiting for books 4 and 5. :(
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Fantasy for Grownups 28. Juli 2010
Von R. Reed - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verifizierter Kauf
I've been reading Robert E. Howard recently, and it occurred to me after finishing "The Weight of Blood" that David Dalglish's series about brother Half-Orcs might fit into that kind of sword and sorcery quite well. It's certainly not your dragons and castles and happy endings fantasy. The brothers would be the bad guys in almost any other story, but Dalglish makes Harruq both scary and charming, while Qurrah, brooding in his sorcerous ways, is a product of an amoral upbringing and physical abuse by a necromancer who purchased him from his mother.
If you don't want main characters who do bad things, then this isn't for you. If you can stand some psychological complexity, and can like someone while condemning his actions, read on. Fantasy is usually based in societies where might makes right, and the best killers become the kings. These books are about characters who are born into such a harsh time and place, and make hard choices in order to survive.
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