Friday, August 21, 2015

Random Book Review: Blade of the Hunter

 It is time for another Random Book Review, only this time the book chosen is not so random.   I was asked by author Andy Peloquin to take a look at his newest book The Last Bucelarii (Book 1): Blade of the Destroyer.

I’m a sucker for a good book and despite (or maybe just to spite) my tendency to over commit I agreed to read it and write an honest review.  Bit of a disclaimer here I received an ARC of the book in exchange for this review which is a common practice and in no way alters how or in what manner I would review this book.  

Blade of the Destroyer is one of the most exciting books I have read in a long while. Andy Peloquin draws you in with an enticing world building and a character that you should dislike. Not only did I come to like the main character known only as the Hunter, but I rooted for him and for his violent acts of revenge.  

Let there be no mistake this book is grimdark. Hands and heads fly from their owners as blood and gore paint rooms a myriad of colors and textures.

But even if you are not a fan of violence this book is still a good read. Peloquin crafts a superb anti-hero that could exist in any comic book or modern day movie and successfully implants this character into a world full of history . The Hunter is complex with motivations and emotions you rarely see in a character of this type.

The digital version of this book is quite affordable, but I would recommend going out and spending the money on the pricier print version so you can read without worrying about your device dying right when you get to the exciting part.

Bane of my ever loving existence to have my reader’s battery die just as the Hunter…  See how annoying that is.

The climax is stressful in a good way, as you follow the Hunter and feel the need to take a breath but refuse to put the book down for a bizarre fear that you will somehow miss out on what is going on. This book exhausted me and I cannot wait for book 2. You hear that Andy? You better be working on that shit right now.

There is only one thing that bothered me, and it is so minor I refuse to say exactly what it was because it may not bother others, I only bring it up to put out that no book is 100% perfect. This book comes pretty damn close.

An action packed and yet still a complex plot as well as a mystery that both you and the Hunter strive to solve.  And finally an ending that you realize you should have seen coming all along.

This book gets my full endorsement.  Go out and buy it now. Support this talented author, at the very least follow him in some manner.

Buy this book! 

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