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Servant of Rage

(Bloodrage Trilogy #1)

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  37 ratings  ·  20 reviews
To kill an heir is to claim their power. But at what cost?

As the khan’s fiercest headhunters, brothers Subei and Bataar are feared across the steppe. When they’re struck by lightning from a freak storm, however, they awake to find unnatural powers growing within them. And what’s more, they’re not alone.

All across the land other “heirs of the ancestors” have been imbued wit
Paperback, First, 346 pages
Published April 3rd 2018 by Amazon
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Aug 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Absolute power corrupts absolutely. This is a well-established adage that has proven itself time and again throughout history and literature, politics and war. Although one’s intention may be noble to begin with, the journey to power can easily misshape a man’s soul, twisting it beyond redemption, leaving behind an unrecognizable husk that in no way resembles his former self. Though the result is often dire, the journey itself can be a compelling one. In A.Z. Anthony’s exciting and violent Serva ...more
Laura Hughes
Feb 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Servant of Rage is a dark yet hopeful tale of magic and morality in a violent world. An engaging and accomplished debut, Servant of Rage is packed with action, conflict, and enough fighting to satisfy any fantasy reader's cravings for magical battles.

For all its paciness and (occasionally) brutality, Anthony's debut features commendable depth of character. If Khal Drogo had magic, a conscience and a sense of humour, he'd still be nowhere near as interesting or as sympathetic as Subei. A horse wa
Dyrk Ashton
Feb 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Epic fantasy with a contemporary flair, a real joy to read. Think hordes of Ghengis Khan epic fantasy with magic of the urban fantasy glowy-hand variety, with relatable characters who speak in an entirely contemporary manner. Big action, big battles, big characters with delightful interaction. Young hunter Seubi with no family name and his best buddy, son of the khan, get struck (literally) by magic of the ancestors, bestowing upon them powers they must learn to use and control--without succumbi ...more
Mike Everest Evans
Full disclosure: I read the author's short story collection (Nine Parts Bluster) a year ago, and in that review I challenged him to write something longer, as I loved the taster, but wanted to get my teeth into something fuller.

Boy oh boy, did I bite off more than I could chew with that challenge!

Have you ever read a book that felt like it was 'written just for you'? Well, this was mine.

It took me back to the yesteryear of pre-teens, tucked up under the bed sheets, reading by the stuttering lig
Jennifer (bunnyreads)
I blew through the first half of this in no time at all. It’s addicting, fun, and total popcorn- especially if you like fast-paced action and those shockingly bloody/brutal battles, where heads explode and guts spill out in steamy piles, which of course, I love! This book is kind of what I am hoping the Highlander remake is being like, now the John Wick director has attached to it.

This originally attracted my attention on a few levels- the similarities to Highlander (one of my all-time favorite
Feb 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Full review is here, on my blog!

This story takes place in what feels like an alternate Mongol Empire. It’s told from the point of view of Subei, who is one of two men who are struck by lightning, and subsequently gain berserker powers from it at the beginning of this story. Well, actually, it’s a little more complicated than that. The Khan’s unknowably old advisor, the current holder of the bloodrage powers has died, and when he did, his unknowable bloodrage advisor powers are dispersed among se
Queen Terrible Timy
Actual rating: 3.5 stars
Review can be found on my blog with my pick of song:

Servant of Rage is one of the 30 books in Fantasy Book Review's SPFBO group.

Servant of Rage sent me on a strange time travel thingy. It pulled the right cords in me and gave me a glimpse into my nation’s past. Let me explain. Although we Hungarians are inhabiting this small place of earth in Europe for more than a 1000 years now, our ancestry lays elsewhere. We were a nomad tribe
Jon Adams
Sep 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
A bit too much "woe is me", just a bit. But, very entertaining. I'll read the next one.
Hiu Gregg
Jan 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: spfbo4
Review to come
Graeme Penman
Apr 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Servant of Rage by A Z Anthony is the first book in the Bloodrage trilogy, a dark fantasy story following the journey of a young bounty hunter of the called Subei in the aftermath of a supernatural event that granted people around the world magical powers that are inextricably tied to a berserk urge for violent use of those powers.
In my previous review of Anthony’s work, I referred to him as a Second Generation dark fantasy author. While other fantasy authors draw on the rich history and tropes
Bethan Hindmarch
Apr 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Servant of Rage is the debut novel of A. Z. Anthony and what a cracking debut it is. Although it is his debut released under his own name, Anthony is in fact an experienced writer and this shines through; Servant of Rage does not feel like a debut, it reads like something written by someone who has had ample opportunity to hone his craft.

Although the  opening is quite dialogue heavy, the story immediately hooked me; there was very little description and instead we are thrust into the plot. The c
T. Bakutis
Apr 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Full disclosure: I accepted an ARC from the author for an honest review.

I really enjoyed this book for a number of reasons, but primarily because it combined a number of ideas from media I absolutely loved already. There's a bit of Avatar: The Last Airbender, in the way the powers of the heirs manifest, and a bit of Highlander, in the fact that the heirs can detect (and are driven to kill each other) and, finally, a bit of Game of Thrones in the Ghangerai, a tribe of fearless nomadic warriors in
Sean Cunningham
Aug 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
The Mongol Horde. Warriors armed with rage-powered magic. It’s time for war.

Set in a fantasy world inspired by Mongol Empire, Servant of Rage follows Subei, hunter for the khan. The heavens open and lightning strikes and Subei hits the cosmic jackpot. The power of the ancestors, magic to make him near-unstoppable - powered by a rage that threatens to consume him utterly.

I came to this after reading Conn Iggulden’s mostly non-fictional history of the Mongol Empire. This is a more personal tale of
Marc Morris
Apr 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
few words will paint the action packed read ... Highlander meets Genghis Khan ...
Peter Gee
Apr 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018-sl-sword
Great brutal Mongol Empire themed fantasy

Really enjoyed this debut. I loved the similarities to the Mongol Empire, which is something I've been interested in seeing in fantasy for a while. Very brutal combat throughout, and a cool magic system and motivation behind the protagonist's actions.
Erin Winick
Apr 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book. I am not one to normally gravitate to grim dark, but this book had a lot to offer even just general fans of fantasy. The magic system is unique, the characters are funny, and there are some super badass women to fall in love with.

I can't wait to read the next book in the series!
Oct 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was a review request from a while ago, but I’m making headway! This was also in this year’s SPFBO competition, and although cut, was given a very positive review pointing out that it almost made it as a semi-finalist (Swiffer had a strong batch this year). Swiffer’s Review

This story starts out with three “hunters” who are tracking someone down for their khan, a rogue commander that’s trying to flee the Steppes, and their khan wants him killed or brought back. Some would deem this mission a
Jun 14, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf
Got about halfway through before quitting, couldn’t hold my interest. Kinda like highlander meets avatar.
McKayla DeBonis
May 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
A mystical and dark twisted read!

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