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Blood of the Underworld (The Watcher's Blade #1)

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Haern is the King’s Watcher, born an assassin only to become the city of Veldaren’s protector against the thief guilds.

When Lord Victor Kane attacks the city, determined to stamp out the thief guilds in revenge for past crimes, foreign guilds pour into the city to take advantage of the chaos in an attempt to overthrow the current lords of the underworld. And when a myster
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Kindle Edition, 404 pages
Published May 9th 2012 by Eschaton Press
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Mihir

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ANALYSIS: David Dalglish’s previous trilogy was a revelation for me as it introduced me to the author as well his dynamic storytelling prowess. The series was supposed to focus on Haern’s origins and explore his need to become the person he is currently. It was a dark and unforgiving series that was tough on all of its characters, ruthless in character deaths and perhaps the author’s homage to Batman's beginnings. The final book however didn’t compl
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David Teachout


I love Hearn and the author spares the reader nothing in furthering the story of his complexity, morally problematic life and the brutal world in which he does his work. Sometimes in creating back story an author can get tripped up in the details. Dalglish here soars as he writes in a world he clearly loves.
Scott
Another good novel by Dalglish and another thread in the story line.

Check out goodreads and read ALL the books in the order they are listed. It will make more sense and characters come and go in the proper order. I don't want to give anything away because I have read them by series instead of the order on goodreads.

If I had done that, I would have enjoyed the story line that much more. That is my best advice. Haern is a great character. I enjoy them all. They have grown in so many ways and the w
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Joy
This is a new series about the city ruled by thieves guilds and the corrupt wealthy (US Congress? well no...) Started in the Shadowdance series, this features the same characters; assassins, wise-cracking wizards, holy healers and of course the feared swordsman, The Watcher. All great elements for a good S&S read and well written too. This go around also includes religious fanatics who are out to 'take over the world.'
Justin
Interesting story but the hero's seem kind of weak in this compared to how they are written in other books. Kind of slow in the beginning but picked up pace half way through and ended well, worth picking up to read.
John Hoddy
A dark and gritty tale that's full of intrigue and populated by complex characters. It's not for the faint of heart!
Karen
I can't bring myself to finish this book. The writing is clumsy and the characters wooden.
Freddy Fly
Read all the books and found it a great way to spend some time on the different journeys
Jose
Loved it! Can't wait for the next ones :) Well done as usual!
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