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Blade of the Destroyer

(Hero of Darkness #1)

4.01  ·  Rating details ·  1,136 ratings  ·  209 reviews
The Hunter of Voramis is the perfect assassin: ruthless, unrelenting, immortal. Haunted by lost memories, he is bonded to a cursed dagger that feeds him power but denies him peace of mind. Within him rages an unquenchable need for blood and death.
When he accepts a contract to avenge the stolen innocence of a girl, the Hunter becomes the prey. The death of a seemingly rando
Paperback, 298 pages
Published July 11th 2015 by J. Ellington Ashton Press
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Andy Peloquin Hehe, if you've read the book, you'll know that question is pretty impossible to answer! His age is definitely more than a few hundred years old, and …moreHehe, if you've read the book, you'll know that question is pretty impossible to answer! His age is definitely more than a few hundred years old, and there's no real way to hammer it down for sure (at least not until Darkblade Savior: Book 6 comes out). But by his appearance, he definitely looks 30s to 40s.(less)
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Tim The Enchanter
Jul 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
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A Promising Start - 3.5 Stars

This series is by "new to me" author Andy Peloquin. Having followed the author's blog for some time and reading about his experiences and thoughts on writing, I was interested to see how his writing translated into a novel. I was pleasantly surprised with the first installment in this new fantasy series. While it billed as dark fantasy, I am not sure that is entirely apt. While there a few da
Jun 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The title definitely lets you know what this story is going to be about, so if you like assassins you may want to check this one out.

The main character is simply known as “The Hunter”, he’s an immortal being that works as an assassin for all sorts of clientele – the only thing that matters to The Hunter is if the client has the money. He has many lifelike masks he uses, never wanting anyone to see his real face to keep his identity a secret – and he can also adopt multiple personality types to g
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The Hunter is a cursed and immortal killing machine, his blade thirsty for blood, tormenting him until it is fed. For a price he will do anyone’s bidding, no questions asked, but will one assignment put him in the position of the prey? D
Aug 06, 2018 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, grimdark

I hardly think the premise does the book justice; here's a review that does:
Melissa Bryan
Sep 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
In Process. Coming your way soon. I did love the book but I want to do it justice with a great review.

This book is like nothing else I have read. A new world, new people, new gods, and new villains. Set in a world of hunger, abuse, and violance.

It is about a sword for hire. He is know as The Hunter.
Everyone knows him, everyone fears him because he always gets his target. He has magical swords that not only help him find his prey but needs the blood of the victims.

The book has a lot of fighting,
Patrick Hodges
Jul 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Two things you can always count on when you pick up an Andy Peloquin novel: strong, well-written characters with enough demons (literal and figurative) to fill an entire circle of Hell, and people getting killed in nasty ways. (Brave brave brave brave SIr Robin....)

The Hunter prowls the streets of Voramis, a crime-ridden city filled with corruptions, gangsters, and murderers. He's the best assassin money can buy, a master of disguise, and possesses a blade that is ... well, possessed. This blade
Garrison Kelly
Jul 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
The Hunter is a ruthless contract killer who always finishes his assignments and demands his payment right away. His methods are as mysterious as his actual birth name. He does everything on his own terms. Those who double-cross him will find themselves brutalized in the worst possible way. Rumors of his deadliness have spread far and wide, creating the illusion that he is invincible. But when he finishes an assassination of a high-ranking lord, he finds out that the aristocrat is involved with ...more
Alyssia Cooke
Mar 12, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
I'm torn here because whilst this is undoubtedly a well written book, it relies on the shock factor of exceptionally heavy violence to pull it through the narrative and that just doesn't quite work for me. That said, if you like your novels to be full of cut tendons and almost torture porn scenes, then this will probably be right up your alley. There is certainly a market for that type of writing and if you are within that, then this is likely going to easily be a four star novel.

For me however,
Michelle Murray
Aug 11, 2015 rated it liked it
This was a good story, but I found it confusing at times. There were a lot of minor characters and it was hard to remember who was who and why they were important. The storyline itself reminded me of an old show I used to watch, Highlander. I liked the character of the Hunter, and found him interesting. I would have liked more background on him, as one minute he's a mysterious character, and the next we find out he is half demon. If I could give this book 2.5 stars, I would.
At times, I had to p
Joshua Grant
Mar 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I always love it when two genres collide in a spectacular way. We see the rise of a vigilante superhero in Andy Peloquin’s fantasy novel Darkblade Assassin. Enter Voramis, a fantasy world not too unlike our own. There’s a heavy criminal element and powerful corporations run much of the land. But they must contend with The Hunter, a kickbutt assassin hellbent on doling out justice. If you like Punisher or Daredevil (like me) you’ll love this one (also like me)!
Ryan Mueller
Jun 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, five-star
About halfway through, I was sure this was going to be a four-star book. I was enjoying it, but it wasn't quite gripping me as much as a five-star read. Then the second half of the book hit, and I was blown away by the action and the revelations and the tension that the author managed to put into every page. I went from feeling indifferent toward the Hunter to feeling very much connected to him and his struggles. Now, I can't wait to read more of the series.

Rating: 9/10
Michael Evan
Jan 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I had heard great things about Andy Peloquin’s work and i always love finding prolific authors, so delving in to Darkblade Assassin to begin the massive epic tale of The Hunter Of Voramis had me intrigued and full of anticipation.

The Hunter is an assassin, and at the novel’s beginning, more or less a lone wolf. From
The start , we learn that he has little knowledge of his past, and that despite being a feared killer by criminals, he is actually quite a defender of social justice and protects stre
Dark and bloody, this is not a tale for the faint of heart. The Hunter is brutal, killing whomever he is paid to end, but only if they have committed a crime to deserve it. So maybe there is a glimmer of light in his darkness...

This book grabs hold of you and doesn’t let go. There is plenty of action and mystery throughout. It’s extremely well written and the world is very well developed. I’m left almost breathless after finishing this story in one day. I highly recommend Darkblade Assassin to
Jun 29, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-books, fantasy
In the city of Voramis, a dark presence stalks his prey. He is the Hunter; an assassin of great skill and an unknown past. Who is he? Even he's not sure, but it matters little as long as the contracts keep coming and the blood of the guilty continues to feed the insatiable blade Soulhunger which he carries. But there are other things at work in the city, rumours of cults and gangs of thugs who he finds himself tangled up with. And of course, like his alchemical masks, these rumours are barely sc ...more
Aug 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
The Blade of the Destroyer was a fast and enthralling read for me (2 days). I usually take longer but this was really hard to put down. I absolutely love finding a book that pulls me in like this. I know why, too. Right from the opening this tale surged forward at a thrilling pace. The author's writing flowed wonderfully, making it an easy and fun read.
The setting (the city of Voramis) was fully realized and the main character
Aug 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle-e-books
I received Blade Of The Destroyer in exchange for an honest review and I have to admit that I didn't realize that it was a fantasy novel. I'm more of a horror/bizarro guy so I was a bit worried. I can't even tell you the last time a read a fantasy novel. I do have an open mind though and have been known to genre hop from time to time. I'm the kind of reader that likes a good story regardless of what genre it's in. It's quite nice to sometimes step outside of your comfort zone and see what other ...more
Amanda Lyons
Jul 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The Hunter is neither man nor monster and yet is both at once. He knows no life before this and cannot remember a great deal of the time that has passed since he began hunting. He does not let these things trouble him, living each day with his many masks, some cruel, some kind, slaying some while he saves others. He is true neutral and about to discover there is more to the life he lives whether he wants to or not.
I liked this book, we find ourselves pulled into the world of an anti-hero who wie
Actual Rating: 3.5 Stars!

Blade of the Destroyer follows the story of Hunter. He is the perfect assassin. He is ruthless and hungers for blood. However his services come with a price. His newest job will prove to be his undoing. Everything that could go wrong will and it will leave him questioning everything that he thought he knew.

I’m going to be honest, I wasn’t sure what I was getting myself into when I read the synopsis of this book. It sounded much darker than what I typically read. That bei
Michelle Dalson
Aug 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Although I do not read very many dark fantasy novels, I found this to be a suspenseful and exciting story. “Blade of the Destroyer” is told through the POV of the Hunter, a sinister assassin whose blade drives him to kill. At first, the Hunter is portrayed as a ruthless, vengeful killer who takes the lives of those whom he feels are unworthy to live. But as the story goes on, he demonstrates valiance and nobility as he takes on the responsibility to hunt down the demons that threaten the world h ...more
Ellie Mitchell
Sep 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
When I began Blade of the Destroyer, I found myself blown away. The attention to detail and creation of imagery was so intense that I felt I was actually there, alongside the Hunter, watching him carry out his dark deeds. The book was well written and had a nice flow to it. Tension built steadily within each scene and resulted in payoffs that brought me to the edge of my seat. Fearless, unique, and above all dangerous, the Hunter's character is one I adore.

The Hunter is as much a mystery to hims
Apr 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: lovers of: dark fantasy lovers, anti-heroes, sword fighting
Recommended to Daniel by: The author and the Goodreads community
The Hunter is one of the most captivating anti-heroes in recent history
Main character has a interesting and mysterious history
A vivid and lived in world that is slowly revealed layer by layer
His assassination missions are intense and well thought out
A seductive yet also repulsive atmosphere
Excellently written action
Strong set up for next novel
Fast paced, with tons of action
World building was cool and didn’t sideline immediate story
Some repetitive visual information and first person
Jesse Christiansen
Aug 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
With a beautiful, rich, imaginative voice, it's as if Homer, Steinbeck, and Tolkien convened to help mold a new dark fantasy author.

One could get lost in this novel for its twisting plots, seemingly endless imagination, dark yet irresistible characters, or the mind-numbing paradox of its simultaneously dark and romantic world. One could follow the long and winding road of the dusky, fierce protagonist and fight tooth and nail not to sympathize with him. One could dance in the dizzying, intricate
LJ Waguespack
Jul 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A strong start to a promising series.

Introspective dialogue, brooding, insightful, a dark tale, however, thoughtful, well written, sharp and concise dialogue with dastardly memorable characters. I enjoyed this book and follow up on the next books in this series is warranted. Looking forward to next adventure, thanks AP!
S.K. Gregory
Jul 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The Hunter is a formidable assassin who carries a blade that hungers for blood. His services can be bought at a price, but the man behind the mask knows very little about his own past. On his latest job, things go wrong and he soon discovers what lies in his past.
The hunter is painted as a cold killer in the beginning but as the story goes on, we see that he does care about the homeless people under his 'protection.' It's not easy to write from the PoV of a killer so this makes him a more sympa
May 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I'll say upfront that this is not "exactly" my normal type of read - although it is definitely dark, mysterious, intriguing, fast-pasted, and enjoyable. (Perhaps it is exactly my type of read.) How could a reader not give this book a chance! It came highly recommended to me by a fellow author, and I knew I would not be disappointed. A powerfully, talented writer, Peloquin will grab your attention by its throat immediately. From there, be prepared for a powerful storyline ... and blade. Even if y ...more
C.L. Cannon
Sep 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I feel like I have been reading this book forever. Maybe it's just because it is so in depth that I have to have silence(something almost nonexistent with two young children) so I can concentrate on the elaborate plot, but I will not complain at all. I absolutely loved this book! The characters are complex, the plot twists are insane, and the world that Peloquin has brought to life is believable and vibrantly rendered within the reader's mind thanks to his extensive world building. I look forwar ...more
A Voracious Reader (a.k.a. Carol)

From the first words on the page this fantasy holds the reader spellbound even after the book is finished.

Read full review in the April 2015 issue of InD'tale Magazine.
InD'tale Magazine
From the first words on the page this fantasy holds the reader spellbound even after the book is finished.

Read full review in the 2015 April issue of InD'tale Magazine.
Kristy Maitz
What should I tell you about that book? HMM, it was boring. What was boring you ask? Everything, like story plot, main character, and also the ending. BLAHHHHHH
Joe Jackson
Oct 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a really fun read and a solidly-written debut for the series.

I think what works best about this book are the gaps in the Hunter's memory - the fact that he has to learn about himself in tandem with the reader. He's a lot more intricate a character than most so-called assassins I've seen in fantasy, actually putting thought and detail into disguises, fake identities, and the other tricks of the trade many would-be assassins cast aside because they're just too badass. Yeah, the Hunter is
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