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Full-Blood Half-Breed

3.57  ·  Rating details ·  86 ratings  ·  33 reviews
In Cleve Lamison’s hard-hitting debut, two young men divided by an intense hatred—yet marked with a common destiny—have the power to save the world . . . or destroy it.
It’s been two thousand years since the bastard spawn of the god Creador lost their war to enslave humankind, transforming the Thirteen Kingdoms into a violent world where the martial arts are exalted as s
ebook, 286 pages
Published March 11th 2014 by Hydra (first published January 1st 2014)
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Landon Reid
Mar 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
With this work, Cleve Lamison channels the ability of the best authors of speculative fictions (e.g., Butler, LeGuin, Tepper, L'Engle), to use the fantastic to help us see and understand ourselves. Not since Butler's Xenogenesis series have I encountered work that challenged me to consider the individual and societal implications of multiracial identity. Typically, speculative fiction "does away" with race (see, for example, Star Trek where distinct racial groups still exist far into the future, ...more
Mar 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
An excellent story full of action and struggle that will keep you on tenterhooks throughout. A clever observation on religion and society plays out through the struggles of the characters. I look forward to seeing where the story goes from here.
Mar 12, 2014 rated it it was ok
I’ve been watching the Penguin Random House eBook imprints tentatively since the initial furor over the contract terms. (Which did, apparently, get resolved quickly.) But I hadn’t dipped my toes in until the blurb of Full-Blood Half-Breed made me want to give a Hydra book a chance. What tempted me? Well, there was the holy martial arts, which made me think of the terrific Avatar: The Last Airbender. (I first watched it with my niece, and then I totally watched the rest by myself. No shame.) Then ...more
Whitley Birks
Jan 31, 2014 marked it as dnf
Shelves: 2014
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This book is basically Twilight for boys. It panders to the shallowest stereotypes, has laughably poor worldbuilding, and is overly-focused on the central gimmick. Replace long, drawn-out descriptions of feelz with long, drawn-out descriptions of fighting that are just as pointless and dull. Replace needless descriptions of everyone’s outfits with needless descriptions of everyone’s possessions. Replace “but our love is special, you don’t understand!” with “but my martial
Mar 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
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I was quite surprised by this new fantasy debut. I read a few reviews before diving into this book, and they all purported that this novel had a stale plot line, and was filled with needless violence. I therefore went in to this book with lowered expectations, and my best hope was for a book that I would be able to get to the end of without too much difficulty. I can honestly say that this book was a very
Avid Reader
Mar 08, 2014 rated it liked it
This was a well written fantasy novel and not a standalone. It’s important to know this so that you understand that the extensive world building was necessary to lay the foundation for this series. I give major points to the author for having a duel POV between the protagonist and antagonist. That was cool. It really added to the story.
The fighting was exciting and fun. I liked both Padalin and Fox. They were great characters. They were really well developed. They were younger than I expected, b
Mar 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Full-Blood Half-Breed is an exceptionally well-written book - once you get into it. Cleve Lamison jumps right into the thick of his story with the tale of a teenage boy named Paladin Del Darkdragon. This novel was hard for me to get into in the beginning because he blends several languages together (English, Spanish, German, and Japanese) when speaking slang, technical, or mystical terms. However, that was also one of the things that made this novel so thrilling. The blending theme was interwov ...more
Joel Newman
Apr 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Yes, yes, yes! Lamison’s first book nails it! Like a comic book busting through its panels, the rich characters pop through, dragging you into their world of fast paced action and drama. Though a teen novel I found it gritty enough for adults to sink their teeth into, as melodrama aside, the human condition and struggle for freedom is evident through out. Lamison’s version of light side verses dark side is not so black and white. He dares to have his heroes balance on the edge of the knife, and ...more
Carly West
Mar 08, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: netgalley





I am man hear me roar ... Please just shut up already.

May 26, 2014 rated it liked it
3.5 stars great idea but .....

I found this a difficult book to review and I'm not sure exactly where to start, I really liked the blurb for this book and couldn't wait to start reading.
One thing I have to say is that this seemed like a much longer book, in fact when I was about half way through I went back to check just how many pages it contained, I generally read fairly quickly but it took me a long time to get through this book.

This book is primarily about two boys, sixteen year old Paladin
Alex McGilvery
Apr 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
Full-Blood Half-Breed
Cleve Lamison

Full-Blood Half-Breed is a fantasy novel set in a city during the lead up to the Torneo a huge tournament that unites the realms. Paladin is a young man who has blended the fighting forms of the four gods which is blasphemy. He has been thrown out of each fighting monastery. He is the blend of also of the four races as well.

Paladin’s nemesis is Fox, the Runt. He is pure blood Nord, but he is short and has been pushed around by the Nords all his life. He w
Apr 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
[NO SPOILERS] I was "all in" until I finished the last page, let me tell you.

Every layer of the world-building, from people to places to things to languages, was top-notch and well thought out. It is quite a complicated world that Cleve has drawn, yet his consistency and identifiable languages helps the reader to catch on. Characterization, A+. Plot, Thumbs up.

I had decided to dog-ear each page that contained a phenomenal turn of phrase that caught my eye; a third of the way through the book,
Mar 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: re-reads, fantasy, 2014
I was expecting an MMA, boy becoming man type story when I picked this book up. What I got was, yes, that, and so much more. This book drew me in with Paladin, a young man trying to follow his own personal ethics, and honour his heritage as best he can (despite pressure to privilege one aspect or another over the rest), and another young man, Fox the Runt, struggling to make a place for himself when he feels as though he's never been valued or loved or respected because of his appearance.

May 05, 2014 rated it it was ok
Maligned, rebel, fighting genius engages with the establishment for a one time smack down which ends up being the catalyst for all out war.

I received this book from NetGalley for an impartial review.

Wow, I hate to give a thumbs down on a book I received for free...BUT this one just didn't do it for me. The initial promise of blended martial arts being used against the evil traditionalists was promising. Unfortunately it went down hill from there. The names of the characters and the various cult
Johnny Wayward
Mar 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
An awesome read! Laughs and killer action! The characters seemed realistic in a way most boy characters don't these days. They were just like a lot of my friends. I can't wait for the next book to come out! ...more
Dec 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

4 solid star book. Priduces excellent characters that leave you wanting more. I look foreward to the next book and which way it turns.
Mar 31, 2014 rated it liked it
This book sounded interesting and it started off really well. It starts off with a rivalry between two boys studying a martial art form in a monastery to a goddess.

The first time the author switched the main character though, my enjoyment of the story jumped way down. I hate main character switching and the trend toward this in modern stories is horrifying. Every time an author switches heads I am jarringly yanked out of the flow of the story and thrust into a new story; often this is done with
Jul 07, 2014 rated it it was ok

Paladin Del Darkdragon is the only son of two renown warriors: a thunder weilding fighter turned blacksmith, and a dead straight arrow shooter. Apart from his good looks and half-breed complexion, the other thing that sets him apart is his fighting style; while all the other youngings and fighters chose one fighting style to honor whichever of the thirteen gods they worship, Paladin is master in the art of all 13 fighting skills. He believes his blend is a tribute to all the gods, but none of th
Bree Garcia
Mar 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
At first, I wasn't going to rate this book as high as I did, but the more I read, the more I liked it. I guess I was so concerned with figuring out what language these people were using and why there was a mess of words from different parts of the world. But, really, it has nothing to do with the book, and I was a bit crazed at the time.

Paladin is a sixteen year old training to becoming a warrior. He's considered a "half-breed", which causes some problems with the "pure-blood" people that live i
Mar 05, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
There were a lot of good things in this book. It was different, not really at all like a lot of other fantasy. The pacing was a bit uneven. Some parts seemed really exciting, and I had a hard time putting it down. But then other times the story seemed to almost come to a screeching halt, and I got quite bored.

I wish the story had been longer. It seems like as soon as things really got going, the story ended. It seemed pretty obvious there will be more books, but I like it when authors do a litt
Jul 15, 2014 rated it it was ok
I loved the ideas this book was based around (child prodigy(s), mixed heritage, combining martial arts, bucking the system) but I could not get past the delivery. I had a really hard time understanding the quasi Spanish?/Hispanic? culture combined with a quasi Japanese?/Chinese? culture,with maybe some German thrown in(?). There is a deity system system that is important to the book but I never fully grasped, partially due to the wild names given to things (characters,'classes', 'magics', places ...more
Erik Sapp
Jan 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
I read the free sample and was excited to buy and read this book. After what was in the sample, though, the book began to drag. The author has put a lot of thought and development into his world, but he takes too long to explain it. The information is dribbled out a little at a time, making it sometimes hard to understand what is happening. The antagonist has a strong backstory and motivation, but his development is rather silly. (He goes from doubt to zealotry in less than a page, though the bo ...more
Heather McCorkle
Mar 15, 2014 rated it liked it
The world building was thorough and believable with an excellent balance of dialogue, action, and character building. The characters were very well developed, though I didn't like how Paladin came across as the spoiled, naive teenager. That said, I still liked Paladin, I just wasn't expecting such a young adult feel to the novel as it was presented as a violent, adult fantasy novel in the description. The dual points of view between Paladin and Fox, the antagonist, were brilliantly done. At time ...more
Richard Webster
Mar 29, 2016 rated it it was ok
What can I say but this, this book is a mess, it is a jumble of english mixed with spanish, what I assume to be Japanese and something else. Then you go ahead and ignore all those languages and add nordic people and other races not aligned with those languages, science/ elementalism, religious pantheons, a cult of one god followers.
I mean come on, stick to a methodology or set of rules, a set of religions, rather than just pack everything you can think of in there. Made a bigger prolonged deal
Oct 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: finished
The Author pens " Full-Blood Half-Breed" in a fast paced plot filled with drama, martial arts, and good vs evil with touches of religion. As I believe, this was the Author's debut book in which found the storyline to be an engaging page turner with characters that were multi-leveled and believable. I did feel at the end there is another book to come, as the book ended without really ending....if that makes sense. A fantastic book for all young adults and adults alike.

This review is based on a c
Jay Williams
Mar 25, 2014 rated it liked it
The story appears to be aimed at the comic book set. It was imaginative and exciting, with simple narration. I hope that additional installments are planned because the book appeared to end just when everything was in question. It is written with strong references to Christianity as worshippers are invited to serve the one god and receive forgiveness and salvation. Yet in the ending, the one god worshippers are the bad guys, or appear to be. The book stopped without really ending.
May 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy-urban
I stayed up and fought through a horrible allergy flare-up to finish this one and it was worth it. The beginning will have you a bit confused as you try wrap your head around the basics of the background story, but stick with it. If you stories about the underdog fighting to hold on to his truth against insurmountable odds; this is your book.
Aug 07, 2014 rated it liked it
well defined backdrop and characters. Well written, but leaves little to the imagination. Good read for the in between of others and plenty of action for the avid fight and combat reader. I would reccomend this to ages 14 and up!
Jun 03, 2015 rated it it was ok
this book is about Paladin Del Darkdragón, a sixteen-year-old warrior-in-training and his fight against the bullies who don't like him. He is on a quest to save the world from destruction. i didn't like this book at all. i wouldn't recommend this book ...more
Mar 18, 2014 rated it did not like it
This book was confusing. I could not get past the third chapter. I don't like to give up on books out of respect for the author but this was on of them that I just couldn't get through. ...more
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