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Lament of the Fallen

(Hero of Darkness #2)

4.27  ·  Rating details ·  578 ratings  ·  73 reviews
Can a killer escape the evil inside him?

The Hunter has fled his home and the suffering left in his wake. Hoping to cleanse the stain of blood on his hands, he aids travelers beset by bandits only to discover those he saved are warrior clerics on a holy mission to kill him.

Left for dead, he must hunt down the priests to reclaim his stolen birthright and silence the relentle

Paperback, 340 pages
Published by J. Ellington Ashton Press (first published July 21st 2016)
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The revelation of his heritage, the fact he is a half demon and his sword feeds on blood and death sends the Hunter into a vortex of despair. The voices in his head taunt him, urge him to kill, to feed his demon, even as he fights that c
Tim The Enchanter
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Another Strong Offering - 3.5 Stars

Andy Peloquin once again shows that he has the chops to be a successful fantasy writer. Its time a bigger publisher see his work and distribute it to a larger audience. There was much to enjoy in the second offering and the areas that contributed to a reduced rating could simply be chalked up to personal preference.

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Having been faced with the truth of his origins and in an attempt to flee his immediate past and
Jul 13, 2017 rated it liked it
Lament of the Fallen review
6/10. Decent
The Hunter is an incredibly interesting protagonist
Small supporting characters are interesting for how much time they get
Action is brisk and filled with emotion
The world is very organically built
Some very exciting set up for the next novel
The second half of the book has a cool mystery
Striking use of taste and smell
Repetitive internal dialogue
First third goes virtually no where with the character (the character is metaphorically and literally lost
Garrison Kelly
Sep 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Once a ruthless contract killer, the demonic Hunter now struggles with the voices in his head, which urge him to kill and feed his magical dagger Soulhunger despite The Hunter’s overwhelming guilt. Traveling aimlessly, The Hunter stumbles upon a battle in which a knight named Sir Danna and her apprentice Visibos are trying to fight off highwaymen. Against the voice’s wishes, The Hunter springs into action and earns the two knights’ trust by defeating the bandits. As the group of three travels to ...more
Aug 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Hunter of Voramis is by far my favourite assassin ever, his character is so charismatic I find myself scared for him many a time, as happened again in this very exciting book. In the first book in this series Hunter had massacred all of the evil demons in Voramis after they had killed everyone he cared for, so he is now on the run. He is running from the voices in his head and the dead people he keeps seeing pleading with him to avenge their deaths. The demon inside him is never satiated unl ...more
Jul 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great continuation in the tale of the hunter. For those who love a character driven story with action and even some intrigue/mystery this is it!!
The Hunter continues to fight the demons within as well as without. The ones within may just be the harder to silence. Mysteries abound in the new city the Hunter finds himself in. There is a good cast of support characters in this book as well. I really wish we the reader had more time with some and got to understand them more. Andy Peloquin's world
Joe Jackson
Nov 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

This is a solid continuation of the series. It delves deeper into who and what the Hunter is, and in such a way that we get to discover it with him rather than watching him blunder through things we know. Dropping him to nearly rock bottom, we get a taste of the "how the mighty have fallen" angle, and it serves to amplify the conflict within the Hunter.

We get another really interesting side character in this one in Bardin. There's so much there, but as is appropriate for a side character, i
Ryan Mueller
Oct 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, five-star
I think Peloquin is going to become one of my new favorite fantasy authors. This is the third book of his I've read, and the third I've given five stars. It was a great continuation of the Hunter's story, and I enjoyed how it was quite different from the first book, with the Hunter struggling in an entirely new setting. The usual action was there, along with a lot of great character-building.

Rating: 9/10
Richard Myers
Jan 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book

Once again the Hunter must fight the demons in his head as well as the demons around him. He lost his Soul taker weapon and he must find it again to stop the demons in his head from driving him insane.
Apr 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Yet another amazing book. This one though was in another place and his discoveries are plenty. Trying hard to repent seems so impossible if that's what you were made for. A fab read onto the next.
Aug 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I must say that you will fall in love with the Hunter . He has left Voramis and is on the way to finding out about his past. He is traveling north to find the woman that haunts his dreams as he tries to silence the voices in his head . Along the way he encounters bandits who attack and bring out the urge in the hunter to help out . Which doesn't go well for the hunter but as we all know the hunter is a survivor and will survive at any cost .

I must say I loved the hunter in the first book but r
Vladimir Tsurkan
Somewhat disappointed after the first fairly good book in the series

There are several things that bothered me about this one:

- is the hero assassin is the stupidest assassin ever or what - he is constantly backstabbed by the victims he just 'almost' dispatched a minute or so ago
- the insane rumblings and constant distracting noises and conversations that are happening exclusively in the hero's head are annoying as hell and have very little to add to the story line
- the book should have been at l
Claire Ingram
Aug 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
What can I say other than this book proves that the first book was not a fluke but rather Andy is truly a master of writing. He pens such an amazing awe inspiring story that leaves you with so many emotions you feel lost with a serious book hangover ... I mean seriously I NEED more.
I absolutely loved this tale, the story continues from the last book with the hunter traveling north toward Malandria once again he meets a myriad of characters for you to love and hate and sometimes both as the hunte
Aug 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
OK First let me say I received this book in exchange yada yada but I only say that because even when I read the first one I was aw man this is not my type of read why did I say yes. Then BAM! I was HOOKED! I mean STUCK, Mr Peloquin builds a world that sucks you in. You find yourself rooting for the bad guy and all up in your feelings wanting him to fight and win against his need to kill, to go his very nature and his blade. I wont give you any spoilers but this story has it all and it is fast pa ...more
Ellie Mitchell
Sep 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I loved this. A sequel to remember.

We continue to follow the Hunter on his arduous journey to uncover more of his lost heritage. Having suffered great losses, the Hunter takes more risks, trusting that human-kind will see the good in him.

Andy Peloquin is the master of tension building. He creates intelligent, striking characters, with the ability to see the light through the darkness. A terrific read, with themes of betrayal and justice ground into its heart.

Will the fabled Hunter prevail agai
Jul 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Book 2 of the Darkblade series takes place right after the first book. Immediately after the Hunter leaves Voramis, he begins a weary travel across the lands to find more of the Demons that spawned him. Driven with anger and hatred, the Hunter vows to avenge his fallen friends and to end the Demons that scourge the land. In Darkblade Outcast, the story begins slowly with the Hunter's tiresome journey as he crosses treacherous lands and dangers in order to reach his next destination. Armed with h ...more
Tiffany Landers
Oct 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
First of all, I want to congratulate the author, Andy Peloquin, for his well-deserved win of the 2017 RONE Award for Best Fantasy/Sci-Fi book. Ironically, this happened just as I finished reading book two in The Last Bucelarii series, Lament of The Fallen, which is the very book I am reviewing now.
Lament of The Fallen … Lament of The Fallen. I didn’t really get this title until I was well into reading this book, where I discovered what a perfectly matched title Andy had chosen for this story.

Nov 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
A powerful tale of one extraordinary man's battle against his demons.
In this second book of the series, the story leads directly on from the ending of book 1, Blade of the Destroyer.

Voramis is in chaos. The two main power groups are no more. The Hunter is the cause.

The Hunter. A man who works alone. An assassin who kills alone, and pays the price alone...or so he thought. Now those he cared for are dead and he blames himself. They were innocents in the battles he fought; not connected to the ki
Michael Evan
May 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The second novel in Andy Peloquin’s amazing Hero of Darkness series is a very different type of story than the first. Without giving too much away, the reason for this has a lot to do with The Hunter himself.

While in Darkblade Assassin, The Hunter is portrayed as the dark vigilante guardian of Voramis. He is feared, as an urban legend, uses disguises to infiltrate high society to fulfill his contracts, and when he’s not succumbing to Soul Hunger, the dagger that coerces him to kill bad people, h
Shari Sakurai
Apr 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
*I received this novel for free in exchange for an honest review*

In the second instalment of the Hero of Darkness series, the Hunter sets out on a quest to discover the secrets of his own past. Along the way he again faces adversity from those he meets, as well as his own internal struggle with the demons that threaten to consume him.

I really enjoyed reading the second novel in this series. It is more focused on the character of the Hunter and his personal struggles. Delving into his mind, you l
Pandora  Phoenix
Ok, I picked this series up as a random. It was surfing Kindle Unlimited Fantasy and thought it looked worth my time.
It wasn't.
But I plodded on. I kept going, reading Books I-4 in 4 days. I had my kindle read it to me while I work (seamstress work leaves my imagination free).
I ameas going to do separate reviews but, why? I'll take a page from the authors book and just do one review and copy/paste it over and over again.

The author has a solid base story but repeats and recaps everything from w
Angel Haze
Delve deeper into the Hunter's dark world for a gripping, edge-of-your-seat adventure!

Darkblade Outcast was utterly amazing! As in, somebody better make a movie of this because it'll freaking ROCK the box office!!!!! I am a sucker for antiheroes and the Hunter . . . I love his character sooo much that I dressed up as him for Halloween. The world that Peloquin has created is absolutely brilliant!

Heroes of Darkness was actually the first dark fantasy series that I read . . . and OMG, where has thi
Nov 30, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sad to say, but I found this one a slog to get through.

There was too much PTSD and self-loathing, and I mean WAY too much; it seemed like most of the book was him fighting with himself. He's The Hunter for F's sake, and a story about someone too stupid to defend himself from his mortal enemies is not what I came for. I found myself rooting for his internal demon as the voice of reason, and I'm pretty sure that wasn't supposed to happen.

Editing and general quality of the writing was good, but not
Jun 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Again five stars worthy!

Fantastic written book!! I actually start to feel very sorry for the Hunter, no one gives him mercy at the end. He fight so hard to find peace, kindness acceptance for what he is, a Demon with a big heart but nothing as death will follow him. He escaped so many times his own death, suffering pain beyond measures, will he find peace? I don't know the answer but I look forward to read more in the third instalment. Fantastic written storyline, great characters with amazing d
Bertha Alicia
Jul 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hero of Darkness is a series that reads like a single book, and each of these books was a chapter. That is, immediately after finishing one of the books in the series, the reader feels the need to start the next book.
What does this mean? Simply that it is a masterfully written story, which forces the reader to continue reading to satisfy their curiosity: will the Hunter discover his true name? What means the word Elivari? Who is the mysterious woman who guides him from his memories? and most imp
Aug 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Overall rating: 5

In the first book the MC Hunter left me feeling bewildered and unsure. Not about the book, mind you, but about Hunter himself. Is he good, bad, etc? Book 2 truly defines his ever questioning self more and the tragedies that follow him just leave me grief stricken. This author truly knows how to bring out a readers emotions. I now find myself both happy and scared at the same time once more with yet another character being introduced to the Hunters protection. I am also anxious t
Oct 19, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Summary: Another very dark book, the main character is not a nice person, the people he interacts with are also generally not nice and the whole premise is grim. Having said that its well written with a plot that moves quickly and lots of action. If you want a romance then go elsewhere! Book 2 carries on in the same vain as the first

Plotline: Fast moving well thought out plot, although very uncertain where this is all going

Premise: Grim. Glad I'm not in this universe

Writing: Very good, the reade
Jul 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
And the war within rages on. The Hunter is lost and "his life is filled with the crimson glory of death". Hunter is a complex character searching for answers. His internal war is heart wrenching, you'll find yourself wondering why bad things happen to good people or is it good things happen to bad people? Andy takes you on an adventure that places you in the throws of destruction, whether its within the Hunter or the many complex characters he encounters you will be left wanting more! On to the ...more
John Herres
Aug 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I received a free copy for an honest review:
In this second installment, The Hunter has left the town he lived in for many decades and travels North. He makes decisions that end up having disastrous consequences, yet still survives. However, his belongings are taken and he must get them back.
There is, of course, much more to the story, so you'll have to read it for yourself. As for me, I enjoyed it and am looking forward to continuing in Book 3.
Frank Geimer
Jun 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Damn, and I thought book 1 was great, this one I read all night just to finish it today. Way to go, Andy! This installment took off from Darkblade Assassin and ran the Hunter ragged. I don't see him slowing down much in the near future either. This is one exiting, adrenaline filled novel that screams at you for more. Keep them coming, I'll read them to the end! ...more
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