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The Cost of Betrayal (The Half-Orcs Book 2) by [Dalglish, David]
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4.5 out of 5 stars 51 customer reviews
Book 2 of 7 in The Half-Orcs (7 Book Series)
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2428 KB
  • Print Length: 342 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Eschaton Press (25 Mar. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003E486GO
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 51 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #31,334 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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"The Cost of Betrayal" continues the tale of the half-orc brothers, Harruq and Qurrah Tun, deepening their conflict and introducing a host of new characters.

Whilst Qurrah sinks deeper into darkness, Harruq receives the hope of redemption at the hands of new friends and family. His burden of guilt is heavy but with one clomping step at a time he tries to change.
Both brothers struggle in their own ways, Qurrah's conscience occasionally guttering like a dying candle. This keeps the brothers from dissolving into stereotypes, keeps them real and engenders empathy - no matter how discomforting this might be.

Dalglish shows a remarkable ability to write scenes with multiple characters without the reader losing sight of any of them. He blends humour and pathos to great and stirring effect. He makes strong use of dramatic irony, dipping from one point of view to the next in a succession of brief scenes letting the reader know what is coming and then, more often than not, subverting the expectation.

The dark deeds of Qurrah are compensated for by the camaraderie of the Eschaton mercenaries led by the wizard Tarlak. These characters provide the family the half-orcs have been so badly lacking, acting as mentors, friends and healers. Highly skilled and each with their idiosyncrasies, they reminded me of a fantasy version of the Avengers, flawed, individual and yet heroic and ordered to the greater good.

The book also introduces the compelling Tessana with borderline personality disorder of demonic proportions; a wonderfully sketched character with layers of complexity and archetypal resonance.
There is more darkness than light in the book with just enough respite to catch your breath.
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I bought every booked published by this author who does write incredibly well. As with all eBooks in my possession there are typos and misspellings which ought not to be there. Also I'm a fast reader and think some books could have been put together. At times it felt like buying episodes rather than a chunky book. However I will buy more books as they are published because the author is talented and tells a good tale. A good read.
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I initially bought the first of this series as it was free, I really enjoyed it so bought book 2. The series follows a pair of half orc/elf brothers and the effects others have on them, good and bad . This book is very enjoyable, the evil characters are very dark indeed. My only criticism and this is personal, is that the battle scenes can go on a bit, but I find that in a lot of books of this kind, so this book is not alone in that. Exceptional value for a very good read, especially if you like your baddies very bad!
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Better book than the first in the series.

Characters have more depth and are more convincing. Still very fast paced and entertaining. The brothers relationship is crucial and becoming more complex.

These books are pretty grim which I like and dont fall into lazy definitions of people as good or evil which is a big plus.

Was'nt sure whether to buy book 2 after book 1 but glad I did and will now order the next three.

I think the writer needs to break away from the D & D setting/restrictions and he could be very good.
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Yet again twist and turns that leave you wanting more love the new challenges and welcome the next book eagerly vicious circle of the brothers path crossing each other yet there love for each other in all its darkness is an amazing thing the brothers Tun are captured in graphic detailing and so story continues below
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I repeat a fantastic read, I just got so involved with the characters that I couldn't tear myself away.

I'm so glad that those who remain did, cried my eyes out when some died........I wish they hadn't and wanted so badly for the baddies to fail that I have to read the next in the hope they do.
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I have read some amazing fantasty books over the years, from the like of David Gemmell, David Eddings, Raymond E Feist, George RR Martin and more. I am now proud to add David Dalglish to the list. A fantastic series of books, gripping from the first book to the last (I have just finished book 5)

It offers everything that a great fantasy book should, from mythical creatures, powerful magic and titanic battles to love, loss and heroic deeds.

However what I think kept me reading was the relationship of the central characters, namely the Half Orc brothers and their trials and tribulations with the people that join their lives. It will challenge your preconceptions of good and evil as you follow them on their amazing journey and on more than one occasion you will probably find yourself thinking "what would I do?"
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I have been reading fantasy books for years now, I've read all the great fantasy writers , Tolkien, Jordan, Feist, Goodkind, Brooks, Eddings, Gemmel to name a few. I'll even throw Sanderson in there as a new gen great. But I have to say Daglish is right up there. I was looking for a new epic fantasy to read on my iPhone, first stories I've read on the platform, it took me a few books to find something I enjoyed. Those books were the Shadowdance series and after reading of the origins of Haern and his exploits I knew I had to read the half Orc books to see what happened next. I've never really liked the idea of dark fantasy but I'm so glad I gave this series a go. So gripping I could hardly put it down, to the massive annoyance of my wife. If you like good fantasy give these books a go, just make sure you've got plenty of free time because you'll be hooked.
DD I salute you !!!!
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