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The Sleeping God (Dhulyn and Parno #1)

3.72 of 5 stars 3.72  ·  rating details  ·  356 ratings  ·  32 reviews
Dhulyn Wolfshead and Parno Lionsmane are members of the Mercenary Guild, both veterans of numerous battles and missions, each a master of martial arts. And more than that, Dhulyn and Parno are Partners, a Mercenary bond that can only be broken by one or both of their deaths. Their past lives are supposed to be irrelevant?but Dhulyn and Parno have histories and secrets that ...more
Kindle Edition, 496 pages
Published (first published 2007)
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Shannon (Giraffe Days)
Dhulyn (Dill-lyn") and Parno are Mercenary Brothers, and Partners. The Mercenaries are elite fighters, a guild that crosses continents with a long history of nobility and honour. Being Partnered, they also share a bond that cannot be severed.

Having finished one commission, they arrive in Imrion, Parno's birthplace, to find that the Marked - those people born with the ability to Find, Mend or Heal - are being persecuted by angry mobs and New Believers, Jaldean priests who have branched off from t
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Jeffrey
Feb 14, 2010 Jeffrey rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fantasy readers
Shelves: fantasy, read-in-2008
decent light reading fantasy about mercenary soldiers who while escorting a cousin of a noble family find themselves involving in an plot to dispose the king and also a plot by an alien monster who is shapeless and inhabits the bodies of the citizens. The alien at this time is inhabiting the bodies of the head of the priesthood and using its minions to try to capture Marked individuals -- that is individuals with special talents as healers, menders and finders, because these people can destroy i ...more
Joseph
Dhulyn Wolfshead and Parno Lionsmane, members of the Mercenary Brotherhood, hired to escort a young orphaned woman to the House of her family in a distant city. What could possibly go wrong?

Engaging characters and a first glimpse of an interesting world -- I enjoyed this one and look forward to following their further adventures.
Amy
Admittedly, I picked up this book because I liked the cover. Nice color, cool picture of a male/female pair of warriors. I read the back cover, thought the story sounded interesting (I've got a thing for mercenaries), and bought it. I was definitely not disappointed. Sometimes judging a book by its cover actually works! The two main characters, Dhulyn and Parno, are compelling; the supporting characters are great as well. And the story puts this book in the "don't want to put it down" category.
Josh
I had to stop around page 250. This book was awful, for several reasons. My main gripe concerns the characters, who all have really bizarre and forgettable names. It took me a hundred pages into the book before I could discern between the two main characters. The woman's name, Dhulyn (pronounced "Dillin"), fit the man (Parno) better than his own name. The way the two act is also so interchangeable that it was pretty easy to get them mixed up. The author made it even worse by switching between th ...more
Claire
This was a Tor.com recommendation and it ticked a few of my boxes. Firstly it was an epic fantasy series that I haven't read (or even heard about before). Secondly it was by a female author which gets extra points as I'm pretty much over male authors at this point in time, particularly new male authors who write 'grimdark' (yuck and double yuck). Thirdly it has a female protagonist. So how could I resist? Particularly with a holiday coming up and a kindle to fill.

I think the fact that I download
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CJ - let me hold both your hands in the holes of my sweater
This book is tough for me to review. On one hand I really enjoyed it. it reminded me of Moira J. Moore's "Heroes" series except a little more series and more blood and death.

Dhulyn - pronounced Dillon -- and Parno are Brothers. Mercenary Brothers. Their bond (like Taro's and Lee's) is a difficult one to explain and one, as a reader, I'm not exactly sure what it entails. They are best friends, soul mates (possibly literally carrying around the soul of the other???), sometimes lovers (not too clea
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Jessica Strider
Rather than sitting the characters down for a history lesson they already know, Violette Malan introduces her world through the actions and personalities of her protagonists. And the actions begin with a well orchestrated scape goating campaign by the New Believers, a sect of the Sleeping God’s priesthood, against the Marked, those with special abilities to Heal, Find, Mend and See. Enter Dhulyn Wolfshead, mercenary partner of Parno Lionsmane and a carefully hidden Seer. They have returned to Pa ...more
Emily
I love Dhulyn and Parno. I was unsure of this book at first, but the duo quickly won me over and I eagerly await their next adventures. Dhulyn and Parno novels are on my radar. It was so refreshing to read about two people so effortlessly devoted to each other and the lack of conflict between them only adds to the story. You want to know more about this remarkable duo. I won't lie, being a woman I was secretly thrilled that Dhulyn was senior brother.
Sabrina Fish
I love the characters. Dhulyn and Parno feel so real to me. I usually read heavy epics and needed a break, but I didn't want to leave the genre. This was a quick read, packed with epic adventure, and and fun. Loved the twist as I wasn't expecting the sleeping god to be who it ended up being.
Alejandro Melchor
A light, fun read, and the final solution is something I've toyed around with on my own fiction projects, so I was particularly delighted to find it here. Still... the instances of "In Battle and/or in Death" began to grate a little by the end.
Rachel
A fantastic new book from a fantastic new author. Each book is a self contained story in an overarching world that contains a ocntinuous story line. More detail to come
Brett Bydairk
First in a series, featuring Dhulyn Wolfshead and her Mercenary Partner, Parno Lionsmane. They hire on to escort a young woman to the capitol city, but things turn strange when it appears that a priest of the Sleeping God is looking for Marked people - those gifted with such powers as the ability to Find, to Mend, To Heal, to See - and their charge is one of these. Not to mention the secrets that each mercenary holds close.
Nice plot, that doesn't drag, nice character development, and a denouemen
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Michael
My main issues are with Dhulyn & Parno being billed to among the greatest warriors known ,but there are only a few fight scenes. Malan makes it clear in the book and builds the prowess of the Dhulyn and Parno but just doesn't deliver or back it up enough. The few battle scenes in the book are glossed over and end quickly which doesn't seem to be consistent with her two battle loving main characters. The pacing was also off amd again I have to point to the main characters not being involved i ...more
Estara
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Astrid
I really wish I could have liked the story more. The cover is amazing and immediately caught my attention. The book starts out really good and I was happy to have found a little gem. The world building is very well done and kept me going for a while.

Unfortunately, the story begins to loose its appeal after around 150 pages. The plot is okay, if a bit cheesy and even without reading the ending first one can easily guess how the story is going to continue and will finally end.

But the main problem
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Kati
A well-plotted book with a slightly slow beginning and a too drawn out ending.

I liked all the House intrigue and plotting but, in my opinion, the book would've benefited from being shorter - it's 476 pages long - and more condensed. Also, the POV jumps - please, authors, please, don't jump between people's POV from one paragraph to another. It's confusing as hell when I can't be certain who is actually talking before I see the speaker's name.

I loved the characters - but there is a "but" again. I
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Coffcat
I had a real hard time getting through this book. On paper the plot and the characters are all that I could ask for, but I felt like something was missing. At the very beginning the two main characters already have an established relationship and years of living together. You get no real flashback or history of how they met or how their lives got to this point. It's almost as if this is a second book of a series. It made it hard to care what happens to these people not knowing anything about the ...more
Stephen Pearl
A story of political machinations complicated by demon possession, ancient conflicts and long lost heirs.
This is a good solid fantasy story. The characters come to life with a verity of concerns and desires that seem totally reasonable for people with their back stories. Violette keeps the pace moving and the reader guessing as villains become victims and heroes stumble. The skill set of the lead characters is impressive and reminiscent of actual warrior casts from the history of our world. The
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E.
Dhulyn Wolfshead is a Seer who is partnered and Bonded with Parno Lionsmane and both are Mercenary Brothers. They return from an assignment across the ocean and discover that those who have talents like Dhulyn are categorized as Marked and are being targeted and persecuted at the behest of followers of the Jaldeans. Insiduous influences combine to force them to go to the capital city of Gotterang as escort for a young women who is a member of one of the ruling Houses. They become embroiled in mu ...more
Deanna Roberts
As with any new series, there is a little bit of time getting 'into' the book. I am looking forward to reading the next in the series.

Even though I struggled a little at first with the "different font" that indicated different visions by several different people, once the light went ON in my brain about what was being seen and which were futures and which were pasts, I became quite enamored with the book. I believe that it was not through any issue with the writer in this case, but with the read
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M—
Sword and sorcery fantasy done quite very well. I particularly liked the mercenary culture. Heavy on action and political intrigue, lighter on the character interactions (alas, as I'm particularly fond of character interactions), backstory somewhat uneven — perhaps to be filled in later novels.

Three and half stars. I didn't quite fall madly in love with it, but I very much look forward to reading more about these characters.

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Lindig
Great characters, interesting plot, quality of writing high -- what's not to like? I read this one after reading the two sequels and it still held my interest.
Mary
Excellent book! I'm always thrilled to find a new author - especially a good one with a series. Can't wait to dive into the next book.
Annie
Very interesting story line that kept me engaged the entire time. It was hard to put down and I can't wait to read the next one.
April
Terrific epic fantasy! Great characters and lots of mystery and intrigue and an evil villain with excellent motivation!
Dejsha
I really liked the characters in this book. They were a new take on the contract warrior you see in some fantasy books.
Scott wachter
pacing is really choppy. almost like 4 related short stories mashed together.
Karen Dales
Absolutely loved this novel and will be reading more about Parno and Dhulyn!
Danielle
Have nothing against the story or the characters, but the pace made me *yawn*.
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