The Weight of Blood (The Half-Orcs, #1)
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The Weight of Blood (Half-Orcs #1)

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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 bet...more
Paperback, 226 pages
Published February 1st 2010 by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (first published January 31st 2010)
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Stardrag
Everything has history, and in doing so, it repeats itself. Fantasy has one of course, which cannot help at times but to be trapped in an endless loop of plots riddled with holes, one dimensional characters and easily simplistic magic. The last of which has trouble changing because it's more about how its is presented in every story.

This story said it would be different and I believed it. You see Weight of Blood fails on so many levels. Take for instance the setting. The twins, half Orcs who hav...more
Armand
May 22, 2012 Armand rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: nobody really, or maybe half-orc fans.
I got about 40% into this book (probably like 75 pages) before I called it quits. It's a relatively uneven, kind of repetitive story about two half-orc brothers (it's a sign of the cultural times that I feel no need to explain to anyone what a half-orc is) who spend their time training for the final apocalypse and going about the depressing business of slaughtering innocent people. Strangely, this book gets a ton of praise and 5 stars reviews on Amazon, but I just did not get into it.
Kurtis Story
A short review as it's been about 2 months and I don't recall all the details.

Where to begin - I started off with high hopes coming from the previous Dalglish book which I quite enjoyed, and was severely disappointed. The editing and quality of this book was nowhere near as good as the previous I'd read, and everything seemed quite 1-dimensional.

The plot didn't rescue it much - things just seemed to happen, and the character backgrounds and history didn't tie in very well with the changes. The s...more
Paulo "paper books always" Carvalho
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Derek
When I hear the words dark fantasy I expect I guess horror fantasy. In that regard I dont quite see the dark fantasy people are getting on with about this book. Gritty fantasy I think would be more accurate. But otherwise its fairly traditional fantasy. You have your elves, your humans, your orcs, and your undead. Humans are useless (no, really, they are), elves are masters of bows, orcs seem liable to tear your arms off and beat you to death with them, and the undead eat all of the above.

The go...more
Adam Marquis
The Weight of Blood reminds me of the pulp fantasy I loved as a teenager. Two things stopped me from just having fun and reliving my youth, though: Unlikable characters and occasionally sloppy writing.

The series' titular half-orcs are brothers, Qurrah and Harruq. Qurrah is like Batman's Joker without any of the charisma. An angry young man who has had a rough life, he sets out to burn the cruel world to the ground. Were he born in the modern world he'd likely listen to angry Norwegian black meta...more
Cheryl M-M
Quarrah and Harruq are quite the anti-heroes. They don't really have many redeeming qualities at all. Hard to connect to characters who didn't really reach out to the reader.
Quarrah is the brother who leads and Harruq the one that follows. Harruq does the violent bidding of his brother, he is his tool.
The relationship between Harruq and the elf Aurelia was interesting. She really tries to establish a connection between the two of them. There is a poignant scene towards the end that not only puts...more
J.M.
Readers of David Dalglish should be drawn to label his novel, THE WEIGHT OF BLOOD (TWoB), as RPG fiction, or gamer's fiction. At least this reader will. And that's not a bad thing, in my opinion.

Early on, Dalglish's straightforward storytelling and his choice of main characters made me wonder if the author was a gamer. Harruq and Qurrah Tun are half-orc brothers (they soon find out the other half of their blood is elven rather than human) eking out a living in a humano-centric world, and the det...more
Robert Duperre
What would you get if you turned Fritz Leiber’s Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser into a pair of half-orc brothers, gave them severe inferiority complexes, moral ambiguity, and massive tempers, and then threw in a powerful religious zealot who sways them closer to the dark side than any individual should ever be comfortable with?

Why, you’d have “The Weight of Blood” by David Dalglish.

“The Weight of Blood” is an extremely dark fairy tale that tells the story of those aforementioned half-orc brothers, Qu...more
Dave
I knew when I picked up The Weight of Blood, I picked up some dark fantasy. It was much darker than I expected. This novel follows the story of two Half-Orcs, the big and brawny Harruq and his smaller brother Qurrah, a necromancer. They are half-feared and hated by humans, and despised by elves, and it is clear life has forced them into habits which are not of a morally high standard. Their complete dedication to each other surpasses all these matters.

So the premise is interesting enough. But I...more
Cheesu
This is my first review, so don't judge me too harshly here. My brother told me to read the book, as he had made his way steadily through this series and the others set in the same world in a matter of weeks. This is a man who spent a year reading the Hobbit. So straight off, I was expecting... Something.

I want to be harsh with the book, it is short, the story leaps forward in bounds, unhindered by all that pesky and weighty character development or descriptions of... Well pretty much anything....more
T.J. Perkins
The story follows the lives of Harruq and Qurrah Tun, two half-orcs (half elf/half orc). They are brothers that are bound together by brotherly love and duty of what they are. Harruq is larger and stronger and prefers battle, where Qurrah is weaker, smaller yet strong in magic. They meet a dark magician, an evil man, that uses them for his own personal means. Qurrah is very accepting of his master's spells and lessons, Harruq accepts the gift of strength and swears his loyalty only to protect hi...more
Brendan Carroll
Well, this book was easy to read. Very few editing errors, well-written grammatically and the pace was excellent. There was much evilness and the villains were truly villains except for the one I kept rooting for in spite of his 'orcish' short-comings. If you like detailed (and bloody) battle scenes, this book is good reading for you. I used to play a bit of D & D, hence I enjoyed the fantasy. Mr. Dalglish had some original ideas for magick and necromancy or at least they were original in my...more
Cypher1014
Pretty standard fantasy affair. The setting feels very DnD/Tolkien-ish (elves are pretty and live a long time, orcs be stoopid an' ugly, magic weapons, spells, and priests oh my!), with a few interesting bits thrown in about the world's deities.

I can't make up my mind whether Harruq and Qurrah ring true as characters. They each have some pretty major flaws (one more-so than the other), but also they are half-orc outcasts living in a hostile society and have had some seriously damaging life expe...more
pie
wow, this was truly terrible. it's rare that i can't finish a book. the writing is uneven both in style and plot, and the characters are one-dimensional and completely undeveloped and unbelievable. i wanted this to be good because the idea of a story told from the orc perspective sounds cool, but it reads like the very worst LOTR fan fiction.
Jeff
Surprisingly good, though at times a bit darker than I would like. Full review: http://fantasybookreviewer.blogspot.c...
Katherine Murray
This is quite a unique book in the genre and is very well written. Although I read this book a few years ago I can still remember how much I enjoyed it and how much the characters impressed me. There is a lot of s*** out there in the fantasy genre now thanks to a lovely (by which I mean hateful) woman who shall go unnamed <> Stephanie Meyer <> but I am pleased to say that this is not one of them. It has all the basic elements of a good fantasy book (good vs evil, mythical characters,...more
Michael McClung
Pure dreck. Unfinishable.
Scott
I have read and enjoyed Dance of Shadows series immensely.

I enjoyed this first book for its openness and direct approach towards the characters. Harruq and Qurrah are different people but brothers who are similar and yet very different.

They seem to share a bond of brotherhood that runs deep. But man oh man, they are quite different. Qurrah is extremely angry and has a vicious streak while Harruq, who is a fighter, seems to have a softer side. I like the differences and struggles both brothers ha...more
Bryndled1
For those with a preference for dark fantasy, this should be right up your alley. Harruq is the main Protagonist and he is NOT a nice guy. He is easily swayed to anothers purpose with only a token resistance in his own mind. and of course a duo is not completely without the twin brother with evil tendencies.

Yet for every Darkness, you must balance light and that role is filled by the lovely and capable Aurielia.

To be honest, this novel is outside my preferred reading material, I generally go fo...more
Rob
Harruq and Qurrah Tun are half-elf/half-orc brothers who've been mocked and beaten their whole lives for their mixed blood. They eke out a living in squalid conditions through odd jobs and thievery, only wanting to be left alone. But trouble always finds them in the form of silent scowls on the street, drunken fools eager for a fight, or corrupt guardsmen tossing them out of the city for being "elfies."

One day they meet a mysterious dark mage named Velixar who promises them respect and wealth in...more
Elizabeth Baxter
The Weight of Blood is fast paced and well written. The premise is quite interesting as I’d never come across half-orcs before and the underlying question of whether they will give in to their orcish or elven blood (hence the title) made me want to keep reading. Both Qurrah and Hurraq are well developed characters with individual personalities and their loyalty to each other is one of the underpinning themes of the book. I enjoyed entering their world and joining them on their quest for power.

Ho...more
Celia
Storyline: The Weight of Blood in this dark fantasy by David Dalglish would be enough to run the Red Cross for at least a month. I have to admit that this was my first dark fantasy. I have read much of fantasy prior to, but this was a new experience and I must say I was impressed. The story follows the squalid lifestyle of two outcasts, Harruq and Qurrah Tun who happen to be half Orc and half Elf by blood (speaking of blood). They are basically unwanted and unloved by any save each other and the...more
Cameron Harris
I came into The Weight of Blood not expecting much because of its low page count and free price. This dark fantasy has taught me to not judge a book by its cover because overall it was quite enjoyable.

The story of The Weight of Blood begins with the half-orc brother’s, Qurrah and Harruq, quest to find a purpose in their lives. While on their quest, they come into contact with the necromancer, Velixar, who promises them power and control. This alliance with Velixar leads the brothers into blood...more
Jen
My word, was The Weight of Blood (The Half-Orcs, #1) dark. Dark, dark, evil, dark, evil, makes my good side hurt, conscience screaming at me to stop reading and never open a novel again, dark. Also, it was free for Kindle as the blog "Pixel of Ink" informed me.

I'm thankful that I read this novel as it helped me clarify my position on dark fantasy: I don't like it. I'd never read any dark fantasy before hand and never really knew that it was a category that could exist. Thanks to the author's not...more
Sadie Forsythe
The Weight of Blood is some serious Dark Fantasy. I mean dark with a capital 'D', maybe even dark with a capital D.A.R.K.. It isn't a comfortable read. There isn't a lot of joy in it and bad things happen to a lot of good people. I generally like dark fiction, but this one was almost too much for me.

The two main characters, Harruq and Qurrah, can hardly even be called anti-heros. There wasn't enough hero in them, Qurrah especially. The only humanity [for lack of a more appropriate term] left in...more
Todd Shryock
It's interesting to read the comments about the "darkness" of this dark fantasy novel. I think dark fantasy is sort of like spicy food -- it all depends on what you are used to. What's dark to one person, is just ho-hum to someone else.
Overall, I didn't really find this book all that dark. There are certainly dark motives, and one of the main characters is a necromancer that must practice his art on the dead, which requires some fresh bodies. But there isn't any graphic depiction of some of the...more
Scott
After reading the author's notes at the end, I had to stop and think about what he said reader's responses were. I didn't consider this a "dark fantasy" per se, but I suppose my expectations are different for that particular category. Yes, children were killed, but never once described. The only time we wondered if Harruq was going to do it, his conscience won and he walked away, which was an important growth step for the character. Qurrah was certainly more ruled by his darker emotions, and see...more
Aimeekay
In my opinion this is a great start to what looks to be an intriguing fantasy series.
The world the author has created is vast and offers multiple possibilities. Although the story so far only touches on certain races mentioned in the book there is the opportunity for more to be introduced.
Also the characters really drew me in. I kept wanting to read more to see what made Hurruq and Qurrah tick. For the main part of the book they are the villains. The author gives the reader the opportunity to s...more
Payal
Okay I was meaning to read the "Dance of cloak" but instead I read this one. This book didnt disappoint me. Though it was not extra ordinary.
This book has lot of blood shed which I felt was totally unnecessary and forced. I liked Harruq's character, he was soft, strong and dependable but I hated when he followed every word his brother or master said. I mean come on........if he only followed his brother's word I would have understood but why would he follow that maniac master. I totally hated h...more
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