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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
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Paperback, 226 pages
Published February 1st 2010 by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (first published January 31st 2010)
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Mpauli
It was a quiet evening in the restaurant where SFF books go to chill, eat and have a plesant conversation. The Lord of the Rings had a conversation with Conan and Dune about ageing well.
In a little corner A Dance with Dragons and The Wise Man's Fear gloomily stared into each others eyes dreaming of their love child, a 2000 page book where nothing happens.
As the books at the Sanderson table started their usuaul debate of which of his series should get a book next something changed.
All of a sudden
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Kaora
The Weight of Blood follows half orc, half elf brothers, Harruq and Qurrah Tun, who outcast and survivors of terrible beginnings become the disciples of the evil sorcerer Velixar.

The story line was okay enough, nothing groundbreaking, but it kept my attention well enough. There were a few plot holes and I felt that the characters were not at all realistic. The beginnings of the brothers, while horrible I felt provided a very poor excuse for why they acted the way they did. Qurrah had more reason
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Gabriel
This book was like watching ugly people have mostly boring sex.
It wasn't attractive and I knew pretty much what was going to happen next but
I kept going because every once in a while something got me going.

As with seeing bad sex I am reminded of better sex and this too was the same as reading about the mediocre Half-Orc brothers, Qurrah & Harruq (notice anything about the names?) They made me think of a similar and better brotherly relationship, that of Dragonlance's Caramon & Raistlin.
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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
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Sara Price.
2.5 stars. I didn't hate it but there wasn't a lot to like.
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.
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
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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
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Derek
I eventually decided that all the characters have to be insane.

The story suffers from split-brain disorder to begin with. On one hand there are scenes of appalling brutality and destruction as Harruq and Qurrah are drawn under the wing of a malevolent entity. On the other, there are moments of warmth as the two interact with each other, and in Harruq's case with his love interest Aurelia. These two hands don't speak to each other very much, as though this were two separate books using the same c
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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
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Paulo "paper books always" Carvalho
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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
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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
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Evgeny
This book makes you hate the main characters (especially younger brother). Still, the plot is interesting enough.
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
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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
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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.
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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
Winter
Dark fantasy. Enjoyed it. It ended promising for book 2 too. Fantasy for when you need quicker reads.
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
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Jon
This saga of two half-orc brothers weaves a dark tale filled with barbarity and savagery, fear, loathing, love, and redemption. Never before have I come across a couple of antiheroes quite like Harruq and Qurrah. Both are striving to find their lot in a harsh reality. Harruq's driving force is protecting his power-hungry brother at any cost, even through measures of extreme brutality. This is off-set by his sometimes kindhearted spirit, and the two sides are often in great conflict. While Qurrah ...more
Lisa
This book was mixed with a bunch of books in a fantasy pack - this is the risk of purchasing a cheap pack of sampler books. It is very rare that I don't finish a book. The best that can be said about the book is the character names - a mirror of each other (Harruq and Qurrah)

Too dark, too much killing of children....humans are crappy and racially ignorant....blah blah blah. There is a forced "relationship" between the half-orc and the beautiful elf...it was awkward and forced and did not sell t
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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.
Jack Beaman
A very simple read. Not a bad thing in and of itself, but when combined with some clear editing mistakes, it does detract from the overall quality of the book.

While the characters, storyline and setting are entertaining, it is for the same reasons they were when Tolkien wrote them. That is to say, they are very cliched. The whole idea of orcs being brutal, as well as inherently bad seems a little old-fashioned, and overdone. At the same time, the portrayal of elves as being at one with nature -a
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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.
Natasha Johnson
My review is for the whole of The Half-Orcs series not just this book though I will mention it a bit.

The Half Orcs series are in the same world as the Shadowdance series and intertwine with that story. It's the tale of 2 brothers, one choosing the path of light and the other choosing the path of darkness. It's a tale of redemption.

It must be noted that the Half-Orc series are not of the same calibre as the Shadowdance series. Don't know if it's because the Shadowdance got so much publicity and m
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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
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