Thursday, October 6, 2016

Uncaged Review - Blade of the Destroyer by Andy Peloquin

To read my interview with Andy Peloquin, and to read excerpts from Blade of the Destroyer and Lament of the Fallen, please see Issue 3 of Uncaged Book Reviews, link below.

Blade of the Destroyer
Andy Peloquin
Dark Fantasy/Horror

The Hunter of Voramis is the perfect assassin: 

Ruthless, Unrelenting, Immortal. 

Yet he is haunted by lost memories, bonded to a cursed dagger that feeds him power yet denies him peace of mind. Within him rages an unquenchable need for blood and death. 
When he accepts a contract to avenge the stolen innocence of a girl, the Hunter becomes the prey. The death of a seemingly random target sends him hurtling toward destruction, yet could his path also lead to the truth of his buried past?

Uncaged Review: What an intriguing world that is built here. This very dark, very violent story grabbed me within the first chapter, and never quit. Non-stop action. You are hurtled into a medieval world, of scum and villainy, where the wealthy are the true heathens and sinners.  Hunter is a paid assassin, living in a medieval city of Voramis. His companion, is a blade called Soulhunger, which steals the essence and souls of the people Hunter kills, and feeds their power and energy back to him. Hunter is very much alone in his life, with only some beggards that live in his dilapitated buildings and a young girl who sells flowers from a cart are the only people that he truly cares about. Hunter wears many disguises to keep his true self secret. When he kills a priest on a contract, all hell breaks loose, and he himself is hunted. Hunter has no idea who or what he is, and these questions will start getting answers, and the story will keep surprising its reader.

Hunter is as evil, or even more so than the ones he kills. But the author expertly weaves the story and the character so well, you actually care about this guy, and find yourself cheering him on. You are rooting for him even when you swore you’d hate this guy through the whole book when you’ve read the first couple of chapters.

This book is violent, and gory and definitely not for the faint of heart. I’m not going to be a spoiler person here, but there is so much to this story, you get wrapped into the world easily. I can easily see this as a movie – it’s described so well, that I can see the world in my mind as I read along. I definitely have plans to pick up the second book that continues this world in the near future. Reviewed by Cyrene

5 Stars

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