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Book Review: Blade of the Destroyer: The Last Bucelarii: Book 1 by Andy Peloquin

September 7, 2016

Genre: Epic Fantasy


Synopsis: 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?


My Take: If you love Anti-heroes, then you will love The Hunter. A hard crusty outer shell, a master killer, but inside there is a man who is tormented and desperate to find his place in society.


The author does a brilliant job creating a magnificent other realm. I love the details of the different religious sects, the different scents of the city, and the general world building. It is brilliantly done as seen through the eyes of the Hunter.

The author, as many fantasy authors do, uses a wide range of less common words. I love this, but there were quite a few times where his word choice, though technically correct, left me scratching my head. 

For example, he uses gore a lot, and often in relation to slit throats. Technically, it isn't wrong, but generally gore is associated with more than just blood. Chunks of flesh, entrails, guts, more than just blood, hence the saying blood and gore. Sometimes it is associated with clotting and drying blood, but it isn't typically associated with fresh blood. 

Another time, he uses swarthy to describe a dark-skinned prostitute.  Technically swarthy means dark skinned, but it is typically used to describe people who have had their skin darkened by the sun like pirates, soldiers, archaeologists. Skin that is darkened by the sun has a very different texture than skin that is just naturally dark. I would have gone with something more like dusky, ebony, or sable as they are all softer words associated with women of beauty. 

The book could've used a bit more polishing, as there were several grammatical errors, but the story is so enticing that for all but the biggest grammarians, it is passable. 

Despite these gripes, which slowed down my reading process, I really loved the characters. I adored Farida, was intrigued by Celicia, entranced by the Beggar Priest, and torn by the Hunter, a villain or at least a man without a conscience at the beginning, but as we learn, he is a killer with his own personal moral code. As a fan of characters like Riddick and Shadoe Van Ives of The Enemy Within, I am eager to read the sequel, Lament of the Fallen, and follow The Hunter on his quest to discover himself. 


Do you want to give Blade of the Destroyer a try? Grab it from Amazon for only $3.99 or read from Kindle Unlimited for free. 


Until Next Time, 

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