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Wrath of the Royals

(The Darkslayer #1)

3.52  ·  Rating details ·  1,111 ratings  ·  59 reviews
“Do as they say or die in the dungeons,” the poor storekeepers would say. “Do as they say or disappear,” the commoners would warn. But Venir and Melegal could not have cared less what anyone had to say. They had been this way since their childhood.As the underlings rally all of the evil forces they can muster to destroy the mystical and legendary Darkslayer, something unex ...more
Kindle Edition, 3rd edition, 326 pages
Published January 1st 2010 by Two-Ten Book Press (first published November 1st 2009)
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J.P. Wilder
Apr 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
I liked this book. It is so much like the old fantasy adventure stories from my youth that I felt like I was in a time warp. Imagine the great stories of Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser and you will have an interesting parallel to this book.

The book is full of action and keeps you at the edge of your seat, wondering what is going to happen next. Sometimes however, this can create a meandering feel to it. Each episodic scene could sometimes feel disconnected to the overall plot line.

I enjoyed the cha
May 06, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
AUTHOR: Craig….wow you are long-winded. I can see where this book could have been chopped possible into another book. Many adventures. Many creatures. Many actions, incidences, travels. OMGoodness. Slow down Craig and let my brain catch up.

GENRE: Science fiction.

SETTING: world of Bish

CENTRAL MALE CHARACTER: Venir, a warrior. Melegal, a thief.

SYNOPSIS: Venir is battle strong and always battle ready. He is also hated by the Underlings who want to destroy him. Melegal, his shadow, is always ready
Dee Vyper
Feb 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
A grand Swords and Sorcery epic

Craig Halloran has really cast the fireball out of the arena here with tantalizing style. Accurate elements right out of your favorite gaming scenarios, in a easily digestible feast for most everyone who appreciates the fantasy genre. A bit of Elric but not nearly as bleak. A
It's an enjoyable read that has me thinking I need to pick up more of his work.
Brian Turner
Jul 12, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy
At the start of this book, you think it's going to be similar to Fritz Leibers Fafhrd and Gray Mouser (big hulking warrior and slim thief as inseparable companions having adventures).

However, it soon turns out that the warrior is on a mission to destroy all the Underlings (the evil race in this particular novel), rarely listens to his friends and does what he pleases. Some of this is caused by his magic armour and weapons compelling him (or making his anger for the Underlings all consuming).

Oct 31, 2016 rated it really liked it
Very fun book with an interesting world! The pace was nice and the characters were very interesting!
Ross Thompson
Feb 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Wrath of the Royals, the first in the 16 book Darkslayer series following Venir, the Darkslayer (an axe-wielding barbarian) and his companion Melagal (the cowardly "rogue") as they run from the titular wrath of one of the royal families. Venir tends to get himself into bets, as alpha male types just seem attracted to him, and one such bet ends him in the bad books with one of the most powerful, and twisted, royal families.

This leads to the pair going on the run to escape the inevitable wrath. Ho
Hakuzo Sionnach
Jan 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
I listened to the audio book version of this one.

This story was an interesting one and makes you think on who is really in control. There was only a sprinkling of magic in this one. It felt like a DnD game to me but we'll told.

The characters you never really get to fully know in one sitting. you are left wondering all the time about them. they feel realistic enough but over all you never get to meet any one character on a deeper level.

many outside forces seem to play over this world and it gives
Sep 21, 2017 rated it liked it
Not sure yet

I first purchased this book back in 2013 and didn't get more than a few pages in before I gave up. Seeing that there are 15 more books now in the series, I thought I should give it another try. This book is extremely hard to get in to. It was even painful at times. Overly descriptive scenery that often contradicted itself in the same paragraph drove me nuts. I found myself skipping over these parts.

I have finally made it to the end, and I will buy the next book. I have read other bo
I love Chongo."
Audio version.
This was great a lot going on. Though a bit of a cliffhanger which I don't care for. I look forward to the next part.
The narrator brings it to life.
This Audiobook was given to me for free at my request from the publisher, author or narrator and I provided this unbiased voluntary review.
Reasons I enjoyed this book:
Action-packed, Easy-to-read, Entertaining, Funny, Great world building, Tragic, Wonderful characters.
Apr 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audible, giveaways
Mind blowing!

The narrator's creativity in this story, blew me away! The story is just as phenomenal. I was hooked in the 1st 5 minutes. The sound effects brought the imagination to the forefront. The book is picture perfect as if I was watching the movie! The world building is superb! I can't wait to finish this story!
Jeanne Johnston
Feb 13, 2021 rated it it was ok
Kind of Witcher-y

I had a hard time getting into this, for some reason, and it took forever to read. Was so glad to get to the end, only to find an epilogue that was really a prequel. Why? No clue. Given the many editing misses, maybe there was no one to insist this was a dumb choice.
Craig Jr.
Feb 08, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
A fun, fast-paced Fantasy adventure. Think Conan the Barbarian or in a very R.A. Salvatore Drizzt style of writing. The narrator of the audio book even reminds me of the narrator for the Drizzt books. The plot is lower, but the action and tension is high. A lot of fun throughout.
Great book. I enjoyed it a lot. Lots of action and world-building with relatable characters. Incredibly entertaining.
John Wood
Oct 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
I liked it, good story. Certainly a change of pace from reading apocalyptic and crime fiction stories. Looking forward to reading book 2.
James Groenestein
Mar 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: crime, action, kindle, fantasy
Fantastic - there's no other words needed!! ...more
Kent Mattoon
Nov 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is one of the best sci-fi fantasy books I have read in years. I have read the first two books of the series and cant wait for the rest. Highly recommend Craigs books.
Geri Winney
I have no idea what, if anything, is happening.
Nov 02, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy, indie-books
I think Craig Halloran is probably one hell of a dungeon master. His world-building intrigued me, and Bish, where Darkslayer is set would be quite a world to play in


This book oscillated between Meh and Guh for me. Venir, the Darkslayer, is boring. He never loses. I never connected to him or felt like he was in any danger or that he had troubles, so consequently I found myself not ever caring about him. Much the same way that I don't care about Super-Man. His sidekick, Melegal was a whiner,
Bookwyrm Speaks
Jan 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Venir the Warrior and Melegal the thief are a couple of con artists in the City of Bone, suckering fools in bars in feats of strength and cunning. Deciding to hit a high class establishment, Venir embarrasses a nobles son in a city where nobles have absolute power. After a night of debauchery, he returns to the same bar looking for another round, where he is promply drugged and wakes up in local dungeon. Well, this is not something new. He manages to escape, and leaves the city with Melegal. On ...more
Zackery Arbela
Mar 01, 2013 rated it liked it
There isn't a lot that distinguishes this book, the first on a series, from any of a number of stories based in the legacy of Howard or Leiber. Darkslayer: Wrath of the Royals fits firmly into this.

The setting is the world of Bish, a standard fantasy world with all that implies, to the point that it feels almost like a Dungeons and Dragons session put to paper. The hero is Venir, a ranger turned mighty-thewed warrior (sorry, couldn't resist...) and his thief companion Melegal, essentially Fafrh
Rhok Mhaan
Feb 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-on-kindle
I found this book to be entertaining in the way that an old Conan book was entertaining. The plot and the character development were minimal, the enemies plenty, and the creator of the world of Bish was having fun stirring the pot. The action was aplenty and the creatures were numerous. At times I felt that they were too numerous....... fight, run around the corner and a new enemy waited, plow through them, and find another a short way down the road.

However, like the Conan books of my youth, I
L.A. Kelley
Venir is a warrior in the world of Bish, six plus feet of corded brawn. Donning mystical weaponry, he becomes the Darkslayer, sworn enemy of the evil underlings. Like a video game, the novel is fun, but doesn’t have much point beyond one battle scene after another populated by cartoonish characters. No females of note exist except for one warrior. She appears in an obvious preface oddly slapped on at the end of the book where it made little sense. Other than anatomy, nothing distinguished her fr ...more
Feb 19, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, first-reads
Much, much better than Zombie Day Care. It was an interesting little world and set-up with some neat characters and species. I liked the Giant Dwarves. More of a guys fantasy novel I think. A little gory and barbaric. The main character runs around killing the underlings (bad guys) and in between goes to the city and gets drunk and starts trouble. One time he starts trouble with the wrong guy and has to flee the city. Meanwhile the bad guys have decided to eliminate him once and for all. I'd rea ...more
Sep 02, 2014 rated it liked it
What I enjoyed about this novel? Let’s see.
A fast paced fantasy novel that falls under the sword and sorcery, or in this occasion axe and sorcery genre. Clearly drawn characters with each having an interesting past that will make a reader more interested in them. Lots of violent action, swords, mythical creatures, magic and mysteries.

Of course this novel in all honesty doesn’t have something that hasn’t been done before. But I still enjoyed it none the less. As I previously mentioned the action
MEG Munro
Sep 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing

This author certainly has a gift for writing an amazing story.
There are many characters but the author makes sure that you know them all so that they stick in you memory like glue.
The Dark Slayer is just a man, or is he? I personally feel he is so much MORE.
His friends are many but his enemies are thousands of underlings and hundreds of very nasty royals with their own nightmarish fiends. They all want the Dark Slayer dead, plain and simple.
The battles are described
Dameon Gibbs
Nov 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed Wrath of the Royal, it had good fantasy and humor which I like. The interaction between the characters were really good, especially when they were traveling. The battles were no doubt epic, the writer made you feel as though you were the one swing a heart steel battle ax. The gore was top notch, yet it was not overly done.

Even with all the good that I said, I feel that Wrath of the Royals could have ended way sooner than it did as the chapters seem to draw on forever. And this
Jan 05, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This fantasy novel is based on Bish, a world created by a higher intelligence. This higher intelligence 'plays' with the world adding and removing elements to make things more interesting. In the mean time the inhabitants of Bish must endure the trials caused by these changes. With interesting characters and adventures the story is well worth the read. It does need a bit of editing but this doesn't really retract from the story. ...more
Scott Collins
Dec 14, 2011 rated it liked it
I thought the plot was wonderful. Great imagination and story line. I enjoyed the characters and thought them to be well portrayed. The only thing that I wasn't impressed with was the dialogue. It just didn't ring true to me in places, enough that it took me out of the story at times. That said, should the author make that minor adjustment, I would be interested in following the story, should he continue it. ...more
Oct 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The cover has a fantastic picture of the hero, Venir who is also known as The Darkslayer. He keeps the balance of power between the various forces of evil and the human race in balance until he angers the Royals. The action is non-stop in this fantasy action adventure that kept me reading to find out what would happen next. Wrath of the Royals was a fun adventure book in the fantasy realm.
Jun 04, 2015 rated it it was ok
Ok, did not finish, didn't care

So 60% through I realized the main character is never in danger, the sidekick's main role is to complain, and the villains are dumb. I did like the mount, some of the lesser characters, and character interactions. The immortal beings aspect I think is what finally made me quit. Their inclusion in the story to this point was to show how nothing about the world was logical, and they were dumb like the villains.
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Craig Halloran grew up a role playing fiend and dungeon master's nightmare. Since, he's turned his boundless creativity into more than 80 acclaimed novels that span a wide variety of fantasy fiction sub-genres, from epic fantasy, sword-and-sorcery to future world apocalypse. Creator of the bestselling Darkslayer and the Chronicles of the Dragon series, he imagines unique worlds and wonders that ar ...more

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