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The Skald's Black Verse (Dreadbound Ode #1)

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When a sinister creature murders one of the conquerors’ soldiers, Brohr’s violent reputation makes him the prime suspect. Haunted by a rage-filled ghost, Brohr’s disturbing possessions quickly become the reason for all of his troubles…and the only way he can survive. With a grandfather bent on dragging him into a failed rebellion, and a deadly comet hurtling toward his emb ...more
Kindle Edition, 330 pages
Published November 6th 2018 by Amazon Digital Services
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Lukasz
Dec 07, 2018 rated it liked it
In The Skald’s Black Verse, Jordan Short crafts an ambitious dark fantasy novel. 

The novel’s protagonists, Brohr, has a violent reputation. When a sinister creature murders a conqueror‘s soldier he becomes the prime suspect. After miracoulously surviving the odds, Brohr sets off on a quest to save his people and uncover the truth about a war stretching back into the ancient past. With time, he discovers his fits of rage are, in reality, moments of possession by the ghost of his rage-fuelled twin
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Elesha-Joy
Feb 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
I received a free copy of The Skald’s Black Verse in return for an honest review.

This is a dark book, and it’s at its darkest in the opening chapter. This first scene is violent, intense, and troubling but not in a way that feels like it is intended simply to shock. It provides necessary background on later events and helps explain the motivations of one of the main characters.

I found the setting of this novel really interesting and unusual. The village of Skolja, where most of the story takes p
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Jordan Short
Nov 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Obviously the best book of all time.
Marco Tosolini
Mar 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
I found this book through the TBRindR-service over on reddit. Which means I got it for free, which means nothing as I say whatever the fuck I want;)
The Skalds Black Verse is the first book of a series (as seems common for the stuff I review…) and with that come some neat things and some things I didn’t like as much.
First the basics it’s a Grimdark Fantasy Novel so you can expect some darker themes and moments (and you will find them here). Here it’s mostly in some of the themes of the story and
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Shalini Nemo
Dec 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
I was contacted by the author for an honest review, and I am happy to provide it.

First Impressions
Potentially triggering for some. The books opens with a traumatic birthing scene, and the pregnancy was conceived of rape.

We meet one of the major movers of the story, and this short, bloody, ugly chapter sets the tone for much for the rest of the story. Despite this, it never veers into cheesy grimdark territory, which I thought was pretty skilful. Bleak, maybe, but not that.

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JK
Jan 21, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle
This is an incredibly dark fantasy novel, rippling with violent magic and political malevolence.

Short is an excellent builder of worlds; the detail on Skolja’s past was intricate and encompassing. Their religion, their servitude, their closeted family secrets. All were very carefully placed and explained by Short, ensuring a well developed and intriguing world for us to find ourselves in. It’s clear he’s taken pains with it; his love shines through every single meticulous detail.

The plot itself
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David
Jan 02, 2019 rated it liked it
The author reached out to me through TBRindr for an honest review, and I was able to borrow the book through Kindle Unlimited.

The Skald's Black Verse is a solid debut dark fantasy novel that I liked but didn't love. The writing is great throughout, with only a few phrases feeling out of place. The plot is complicated and the world Short has built is complex, but because of this the conflicts are wide and it was hard to determine what the actual focus of the plot would be.

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Rishelle Short
Nov 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a great story and I LOVED the characters. I can't wait for everyone else to get to know them! Congrats on your debut novel, Jordan Loyal Short. xo
Gary Short
Dec 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Yay! Fun read. I was impressed.
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