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The Eighth God

(The Orcslayers #1)

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3.80  ·  Rating details ·  30 ratings  ·  17 reviews
For thousands of years, five great fortresses have stood sentinel between the Borderlands and the rapacious Orcs. But the Orcs have allies, and these allies are about to set a chain of events in motion that will lead to war...
Heroes will rise to answer the call.

Saethryth has just returned from the Orc Lands where he has been killing them for over twenty years. He is one of
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Published January 2017 by Paul S. Lavender (first published September 12th 2016)
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Kaitlin
Sep 22, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: spfbo
This was one of my #SPFBO reads and I have to admit I was a bit unsure about this when I read the premise as I don't tend to really enjoy books with Orcs usually! This is set in a world where Humans, Orcs and Elves have long been warring with one another, but currently it is a time of peace. The Humans and Elves live alongside one another, and the Orcs stay to themselves past the gates and valley of the Human abodes.

We enter the story from various points of view. The main few characters are pro
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Esmerelda Weatherwax
Debating between a 3 and a 4 - very fast paced violent and gore filled book!

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This was part of Kitty G’s grouping and has since been eliminated.

I usually take notes when I read, even when I audiobook – but this time I was playing Civilizations while audio-booking and totally spaced out and took 0 notes. So, this review will be off the cuff, and I hope it doesn’t suck.

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PLOT

The Orcs are coming, there has been a long-standing peace pact with the Orcs that is being breac
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Rebekah
Mar 11, 2018 rated it liked it
I struggled very much with the early chapters of this book. There are too many POV characters in the beginning, and their voices are all very similar, which made it hard for me to keep track of them. The text was rife with grammatical errors, changes in tense, and frequent POV changes. Some of the major turning points in characters' arcs were handled very flippantly.

At times, I considered not finishing this, but I was reading it with a group, so I forged ahead. I had heard it was comedic and wan
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Kristen
Feb 22, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobooks
Full review is here, on my blog.

This is an often gory and fantastically violent story. It’s the story of a world where there are orcs and elves (and humans at the very least kind of in the middle) and a very rickety peace between them all. For five thousand years this peace has lasted, but the orcs aren’t having any of it anymore.

On the good side, there are the Orcslayers. They do exactly as their name implies, as the orcs in this particular tale, are uh… pretty slayworthy. They are portrayed as
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Catharine Glen
Jul 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: spfbo2017
THE EIGHTH GOD is a dark, fast-paced story about a group of Orcslayers who must stop an orc invasion. The raw, straight-shooting character interactions yield moments that are humorous, lascivious, and downright disturbing. There is no shortage of sex, violence, and gore, so be warned!

Chapters are brief, lending to the quicker pace of the novel, but as a result I had difficulty fully connecting with the various viewpoint characters. Additionally, some editing is needed to really help the story sh
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M.L. Spencer
Jul 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
The Eighth God is about an orc invasion and the human/elven /half elven defenders who try to stave off the invasion. The story is told through many points of view (even a talking bird’s!) so the reader gets the full spectrum of motives, intentions and consequences. The main story arc follows the Orcslayers who attempt to defend their people from the horde of murderous orcs. Two are half brothers, one elven, the other half-elven. The other is a female elf battle mage who can sprout wings and fly. ...more
Ty Arthur
Mar 19, 2018 rated it liked it
Putting aside the standard human protagonists, The Eighth God revolves primarily around amoral orcs and elf orc-slayers as the main cast, offering up a world that's somewhat like a darker version of Azeroth.

The Eighth God is a quick read, as the chapters are quite short, which is both a pro and a con. A serious lack of description plagues the story, so events that could have been gripping scenes that reinforce what type of orc or elf a character really is get glossed over in quick explanations.
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Frank Dorrian
May 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: nerds
Recommended to Frank by: nerds
review coming soon
Rosalyn Kelly
Apr 25, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5 stars!

This grimdark fantasy audiobook was a good listen. It tells the story of a world full of elves, humans, orcs that has enjoyed an uneasy peace for thousands of years, after a mighty battle where seven elves were granted the power of seven Gods to decimate an orc army. Since that time the orcs have kept to their lands and the humans and elves to theirs. But the orcs are twitchy, and spurred on by mysterious allies, they decide to invade.

There are only two of the original seven elves lef
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Kitvaria Sarene
For me personally this book is a 3-3,5*. As at least one star of those missing is purely due to personal taste, I'll give it a rating of four.
So what taste is that? I don't like romance or descriptive sex in my books. Not because it bothers me, but simply because it bores me out of my mind. In a book as short as this, I wouldn't have expected as many sex scenes or mentions add there were. Also while they usually were short, they also were detailed and told in a way that made me think of "instruc
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Luke Hindmarsh
Jun 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: gdaf
Rip-roaring, old-school fantasy with the grimdark dialled up to 11...

This book reminded me of lots of the old Warhammer Fantasy novels and D&D novels of my misspent youth. It's a setting that should be as cheesy fantasy as it comes, but somehow the author finds originality in the battle of orcs vs elves (and humans and the odd zombie!?!?!). The elves are not the typical effete wimps, the orcs aren't just stupid savages. Instead, the characters are closer to a human analog but with certain t
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Al Burke
Aug 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
An Enjoyable Romp

Elves are good (kind of) and Orcs are bad...

After 5000 years of peace, Orcs are appearing in numbers in the lands of humans and elves. Hellbent on evenge, the Orcs murder and burn until the Orcslayers of lrgend rise again to stem the tide. However, all is not as it seems. Is there someone, or something, else manipulating events?

The story rattles along at a breakneck pace, slicing and dicing through characters, while peppered with earhy humour that will at times cause one to chuc
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C.T. Phipps
May 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
The 8th God is the story of a group of divinely blessed soldiers given special abilities to slaughter the murderous hordes of orcs. It also, funnily enough, gives the perspective of the orcs as well who are evil but also extremely entertaining. They remind me a bit of Warhammer 40K's orcs in they're a bunch of murderous hooligans first and foremost.

Paul Lavender's world is very much an Azeroth/D&D-esque world and I appreciate it is unapologetically so. He also has a lot of humor, sex, and ma
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David Humphrey
Jun 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
What a great book!

Welcome to the land of Esterada, where Eleven Battle Mages protect the people and help the humans keep the filthy Orcs in line. Enter Melress, Ashalone, Saethryth, Ellowe, Kepler and Bazak-Kul as very different characters clash against each other during the events of the story. Flipping effortlessly between brutal clashes between warring Elves and Orcs and more tender exchanges between Saethryth and Ashalone. Multiple narratives come together towards the end of the book in a c
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Simon Howard
Jul 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
For thousands of years five great fortresses have guarded Esterada and peace has reigned, but that is about to come to a crashing end if the Orc's of the badlands have their way! Lulled into a sense of security by the years and years of peace the folk of Esterada are slow to realise the danger.....all bar a few, protected by not only soliders but fearsome Battle Mages few believe there is anything to worry about, but the Battle Mage numbers have dropped over the years and with traitors about war ...more
Steve Caldwell
Oct 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is one of those books some friends of mine recommended as a decent grimdark story. I decided to give it a shot, and I am glad I did. It is a completely different take on elves. No longer the wise, graceful elder race, these are gritty, at times petty and prejudiced. They can't stand the half elves, and give them a raw deal, and they are not too sympathetic.

The Orcs are much different than the fairly sterile ones Tolkien created. Yes, they kill indiscriminately, but this author's are so much
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Simon Howard
Jul 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
For thousands of years five great fortresses have guarded Esterada and peace has reigned, but that is about to come to a crashing end if the Orc's of the badlands have their way! Lulled into a sense of security by the years and years of peace the folk of Esterada are slow to realise the danger.....all bar a few, protected by not only soliders but fearsome Battle Mages few believe there is anything to worry about, but the Battle Mage numbers have dropped over the years and with traitors about war ...more
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