Blood of an Exile
Once, he was Lord Silas Bershad, but after a disastrous failure on the battlefield he was stripped of his titles and sentenced to one violent, perilous hunt after another. Now he lives only to stalk dragons, slaughter them, collect their precious oil, and head back int ...more
And hav…moreDon't blame the author for the blurb! Gelett Burgess (who coined the term) defined "blurb" as "a noise a publisher makes", and it's still true.
And have you noticed there are different versions? One at https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/4..., another at https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/4..., yet another at https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/4.... They have quite different details, and one has the right version of the phrase.(less)
Blood of an Exile has dragons and dragonslayer, if you love a great fantasy debut with dragons, I doubt you’ll be reading the rest of this review.
And yet I will still write one. Blood of an Exile is Brian Naslund’s debut. It’s the first book in the Dragons of Terra trilogy. The story follows the Silas Bershad the Flawless, an exile who was supposed to die after he was caught trying to assassinate a noble. Bershad, the ...more
Bershad the Flawless is a dragon-slayer. After betraying the King fourteen years ago Bershad was exiled and given a brutal sentence. To spend the rest of his days trying to kill the flying lizard behemoths that roam around Terra. To most, this is a fate worse than a simple execution and very few dragon-slayers ever actually complete the deed even once. Sixty-se ...more
“You can have black deeds and mistakes in your past without being rotten down to the core. You can keep moving through this world, even if there is no redemption for the things you left behind you.”
Blood of An Exile is the debut novel by Brian Naslund, and is the first book in the Dragons of Terra trilogy. This novel first caught my eye on Twitter, when the gorgeous UK edition of the cover was revealed, and then when it was recommended for fans of John Gwynne, Andrzej Sapkowski and Joe Abercrom ...more
As usual, I’m not going to go into the details of the plot—there are already plenty of reviews that do that—but the bottom line is that if you’re into books about dragons, this one’s definitely...more
Lemme make this thing short... if you love:
- Dragons.. ALOT of Dragons
- cute Donkey
- Outcasts people come together for a mission and became friends
- Smart & badass FEMALE & MALE characters
- Unique wordbuilding
- Epic Battles
Than THIS BOOK IS FOR YOU!
please pick this one up, Naslund definetly deserves so much more love and hype for this story he c ...more
What? You want more?
Okay, but I mean I already told you I recommend it.
In this world if you run afoul of your local monarch...you know, king, emperor...duke, whatever you may not be summarily killed. You may have a couple of blue bars tattooed onto your face and you may be declared an exile. You can no longer sleep in a bed (I know but that's the rule maybe people report you if you sleep in a bed at an inn) you must never come back to the city and whenever a monster needs slay ...more
As someone who reads adult fantasy very rarely, I usually only pick up books which my friends have already loved and are sure I would too. But this is a book I didn’t see anyone within my small group talk about but since the first time I saw it mentioned in a booktube video, I was totally fascinated and I knew I had to take a chance. And I’m so so happy that I stuck to my instincts because I was completely ...more
First in the Dragons of Terra series, Brian Naslund’s Blood of an Exile is a fast-paced adventure perfect for comic readers and fans of heroic fantasy
Bershad stands apart from the world, the most legendary dragonslayer in history, both revered and reviled.
Once, he was Lord Silas Bershad, but after a disastrous failure on the battlefield he was stripped of his titles and sentenced to one violent, perilous hunt after another. Now he lives only to stalk dragons, slaughter them ...more
Dragonslayers is a neat title, yet in this world they are scum. It is a title given by the King after being stripped of your titles and freedom. A short life, death by dragon. We follow Silas Bershad, a Dragonslayer for many years now, unique to be still alive. The King has a last request for Bershad that might give him his status back. A las ...more
I was sent a copy of this book by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This review is spoiler-free.
When I first picked up Blood of an Exile, I expected it to be nothing more than a fun fantasy romp. It was indeed a super fun fantasy adventure, but I was delighted to discover that lurking between the pages was a fantastically nuanced, layered story that explores a fantasy world in a fantastic, unique way.
The world building in this book is some of ...more
Some gory details - regular fantasy stuff
It has been long time I've read a Fantasy, and even longer I've read Fantasy and actually enjoyed it.
An Exile and dragon slayer seems like a glamorous job and really right plot to lure readers, but maintaining that interest, it difficult job and Naslund does amazing job keeping it. Generally I get bored by multiple POVs, because as much as it provides complete view of the story, it becomes difficult and tiresome to ...more
This is one of those books that could also do great on the big screen.
Everything is easy to visualize, but Naslund doesn't bore you with long descriptions.
Nothing about this feels like a debut because it's 'too good' on all fronts.
It's just a great read and I can't wait to read more about Bershad and his companions.
Really interesting take on dragons and how they fit in the world. Absolutely loved the different breeds and the variety. Loved the link with alchemy, "magic," and the stark contrast between the progression of different cultures, as well as how far people are willing to go for friends and loved ones.
Brilliantly written action scenes. They were brutal, and incredibly violent - especially in the later parts of the book, because of reasons I won't go into here (spoilers). There ...more
This was a pretty good and action packed adult fantasy. If you love stories with dragons and more, be sure to check this book out at your local library and wherever books are sold.
As debuts go, Blood of an Exile is a book I would happily put on the same shelf as Kings of the Wyld in t ...more
Initially we meet a veteran dragonslayer, an outcast in a fairly backward kingdom doing what he does best. Worried me at first that this might be a bit trope ridden. But the further I got into the story, the more twists and intrigues revealed themselves, the more depth we got about this world, the more I became fully absorbed by this tale. Several third person POVs feature and all were pretty decent ...more
My first thoughts while reading this, 'man, I want to play the Witcher or watch it...is this...is this a discount witcher?'
I will admit, that sounds harsh but it felt like such a generic fantasy, but, the more we learned about the world the more I was pleasantly surprised. We had a bit of a steampunk culture of sorts in one land, a bit of a barbarian perhaps Viking vibe from another country, and the dragons were not the boring generic fantasy ones I had expected.
All in all, I thought that ...more
Judging from the excerpt I read on the publisher's website, this is going to be a fantastically fun book for fans of the Witcher series, Drizzt books, or the Powder Mage series and I can't wait to read the rest!
Dragonslayer Bershad drinks & swears like a sailor while performing heroic feats that no mere human should be capable of.
The imagery is richly described to the point where I could actually feel the chainmail an ...more
The best part of the book is the dragons. The mythology around them feels layered, nuanced. Some people love the dangerous creatures. Most fea ...more
Bershad used to be a lord. After being exiled by the King, he is a dragonslayer. He can have no home, no lands, no title. He can't even spend the night at an inn. He can hunt dragons and that's it.
Now, years later, the King that exiled him has summoned him. He is to kill an emperor. Then he can be free. But will the King hold up his end of the bargain or is it too good to be true?
I love Bershad. I love all of the characters actually! I love the dragons, and the magic. I ...more
The worldbuilding was solid, and i ...more
The king who sentenced Bershad to his fate has just given him an unprecedented chance at redemption. Kill a foreign empe ...more
Brian grew up in Maryland but hates crab-cakes. He now lives in Colorado.
When he's not writing, he’s usually griping about video games on Twitter, hiking with his dog, Lola, or whitewater kayaking in the mountains ...more