Lament of the Fallen
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...more
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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 ...more
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.
Having been faced with the truth of his origins and in an attempt to flee his immediate past and ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
I must say I loved the hunter in the first book but r ...more
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 ...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 ...more
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 ...more
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.
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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.
This remains one of the top fantastical tales that is consuming my literary time, which I find surprising. In spite of the many offerings in this favorite genre, there has been a relative absence of degree of compulsive reading for years now. Keep up this twisting compelling creation Andy Peloquin. We are far from satiated.... Mark M