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The Weight of Blood

The Half-Orcs, Book 1
Narrated by: C.J. McAllister
Series: The Half-Orcs, Book 1
Length: 6 hrs and 38 mins
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Fantasy author David Dalglish begins his series of the half-orc brothers, whose struggles will soon bathe the land of Dezrel in demon fire....

Five hundred years ago, brother gods devastated their world with civil war. When they were imprisoned, their conflict ended without a victor. Centuries passed while their followers secretly continued the war, a war that will soon have an end. The gods have found their paragons.

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. To side with one means to turn on another. No matter Harruq's decision, someone he loves will die.

©2010 David Dalglish (P)2016 David Dalglish
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gripping

I was given a free copy of this book and I'm leaving an honest and voluntary review.
I loved this dark fantasy book. the story is well presented and full of action, darkness, betrayal and love mixed in. coming together to create this thoroughly enjoyable listen.
The narration is superb giving life to the story, capturing the emotions perfectly.
I will be getting the next book for sure.
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Did not enjoy

The narrators vice is what made this difficult for me to enjoy. Perhaps it will be better in book form.

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Not b,ad, good character's and great dialogue, looking forward to the next book in series.

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great story and glad to see there's more instore

the narration was OK glad for the different vocals changes between characters, a good addition to the story.

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  • Arkadia
  • 09-11-19

This is where it started for me!

I found David Dalglish on accident and started with this novel as my first. His style is quick paced and the story moves quickly as you get thrown into a world as if the reader is familiar. It's not difficult to follow and soon enough, things do get familiar.

I'm writing a review now that I have finished reading all of his books here so far, and coming right out of "Dance of Chaos" into the first line of this book was exhilarating.

There are a lot of books to go through, but the pay-off was incredible. I started with Half-Orcs and then went to the World Breaker series. After that, Paladins, and then Shadowdance. I've also gotten my friends to get into it and we've all read in different orders and it's exciting to see the different ways we each reacted to these separate, but interlocked characters.

Half-Orcs can be a lot to go through for the first time, but I think if you like it enough, keep going to Dalglish's other books!

Additionally, this is actually my favorite narrator across all the books and I was sad to never see him come back. It's something to be extra excited about in my second listen.

This book serves as the background to the characters you meet in this series and helps to expand upon familiar characters to Dalglish's other books. It's a dark tale of redemption that has to start somewhere.

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  • Stephen Bergquist
  • 29-06-17

The weight of blood

A lot of books have sword or knife fights, war, battle, death; but here the author David Dalglish expertly brings every emotion to life. You may read reviews that label this work dark, because you feel , while other books just tell the story. This could not happen without the talented CJMcAllister giving such a great performance. The story takes you into the lives of two brothers , their paths are different but tied together. There is magic, mystery, action, sadness, and love all mixed together.

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  • Mary Karowski
  • 07-02-17

Dark fantasy at its best

For those of you familiar with the dark fantasy of the Ravenloft series you will find a kindred spirit. I have read other Dalglish novels. Wrote and this one doesn't disappoint. Two half orc brothers on their own. A dark master for one and elf lover for the other. A love for each other that allows one to turn his back on any other connection to save his brother. What does the dark master want? Who does he work for? Why is he so free with his gifts? Is redemption possible for two so steeped in darkness? Great battle scenes, character development at its darkest. Enjoy! I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

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  • Shawn
  • 27-01-17

Wonderful dark fantasy with true anti-heroes

I was given this book for free in exchange for a fair and honest review.

This book is truly dark, but well written and recorded. The characters are nearly irredeemable, but it was still enjoyable to hear their tale. This series could truth or really incredible, and I'm definitely looking forward to more.

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  • Forrest
  • 10-02-17

Dark fantasy doesn't get much darker

So to start with this isn't my favorite type of fantasy. When I say dark fantasy I don't think it could get much darker. As the listener you want to connect with the characters but for me that never happened. The only positive quality I saw in them was that the two brothers were devoted to one another. It's almost like the story of two abandoned kids who have seen only bad then worse times throughout their life. They have no moral compass and they don't truly see their wrong. I can see where this series could probably be a story of redemption but this just wasn't my cup of tea. I thought the narrator could have done something a little different with the voices as well. Both voices come off as clear and brutish but well spoken. Not what you would think of for abandoned half orc children one of which can barely talk and when there were moments of real emotion between the characters I just didn't really feel it in the narration. I may be being overly critical as I said this isn't my kind of story and I waited a full day after reading to review. The back story does appear promising, I just don't think this would be a series I read/listen to the end.

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

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  • Gil T
  • 13-04-20

Slow Start, Hoping Second One Like Ending

The Weight of Blood tells the story of 2 brothers who happen to be Half-Orcs. When they were young, they were sold. Qurrah had a much tougher life then Harruq, but they eventually found each other again. They had to fight, steal, etc to eke out a living. We learn that Harruq is a large warrior while Qurrah is a necromancer. They fight along humans in the beginning of the story but run into Velxar, who continues to haunt/message Qurrah in his dreams. They final agree to join with him.
The author does a good job of world building but at times it seems to be slow and dragging. Near the end of the book, with the training of Aurelia, the attack and the ending, it was better written, not as slow. I will try the next book to see if the slowness was due to the world building. I have read good things about David, I am guessing that this might have been his first series.

The narrator did a decent job. At some points, he was a little monotone or it could be hard to get who was speaking.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-09-19

enjoyable story from a Unique perspective.

the Narrator was mostly fantastic, except that a couple character voices seemed very similar which was confusing when they where in the same scenes. the story was intriguing though I felt like it could have been fleshed out a bit more going more in depth with some scenes and how characters felt to make them feel more real, I would have liked to get inside their heads a little more. overall though it was an entertaining story from a perspective you don't often see in fantasy literature, there arn't many stories from the perspective of an orc.

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  • Chris Snook
  • 15-04-19

Can't wait for book 2

this has been a dark story to start with but excited to see what the brothers get into next

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  • Karissa Eckert
  • 31-05-18

Audiobook narration was awful....

This is the first book in the Half-Orc series. Right now there are seven books in this series. This is a very standard “swords and sorcery” type of book. I ended up not finishing it because of the awful audiobook narration.

I listened to the first couple hours of this on audiobook and the narration was painfully awful. The narrator sounded a bit like a male robot and his voices for characters were distractedly fake. I keep getting in the car to listen to this and telling myself "the narration can't be as bad as I thought it was" and then the audiobook would start up and I would wince in pain at how awful it was...shudders...

In the first couple hours there wasn't anything in the story that grabbed my attention and given the incredibly distracting and poor narration I decided to stop reading this. The story basically follows two half-orc brothers who go up against a necromancer. As I said pretty standard old school fantasy fare. I think I might have enjoyed the story some if the narration hadn’t been so awful and distracting.

Overall this “standard fare” fantasy story wasn’t good enough to distract me from the absolutely awful narration of this audiobook. If you are going to give this series a try, do not listen to it on audiobook.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 26-05-17

Dark with a capital D!

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This was a hard book to rate. The story is quite dark, to the point where I was often scratching my head wondering how in the heck the two main characters could be considered the 'heroes' of the story. Seriously, Harruq and Qurrah more often than not seem more like the villains. In a note after the book David explains that the overall Half-orc series is a story of redemption, but dang I'm not sure you can ever come back from some stuff. It's a well told tale, just extremely dark, and David has his work cut out if he intends to redeem these two in the eyes of his readers. I guess I'll find out soon enough because I am about to start book 2.

This book is narrated by C.J. McAllister. When I first started listening to this book I thought his voice sounded familiar and was sure I'd listened some of his other work, but after a quick look through my collection I saw I was wrong, and this was the first time I've experienced his narration. I'm happy to say I was not disappointed. He has a good voice, clean delivery, and adds in just enough inflection into dialogue to give each character their own unique feel. I'll definitely be checking out more of his work in the future.