SIGNED – Slayer (Darkblade #3)
The Hunter has set his sights on new prey.
Abiarazi. Master manipulators, bloodthirsty, and cruel. Demons of nightmare.
His hunt for the monstrosities prowling among mankind takes him to the top of the highest mountain peak on Einan…
…where he stumbles across an ancient city and people forgotten by time.
Amidst the ruins and relics of a long-dead race, his vendetta against the demons will drag him ever-deeper into a millennia-old war for conquest and an enslaved nation’s desperate fight for freedom.
His skills as assassin will be put to the ultimate test: battling an enemy even he may not be strong enough to kill.
Yet should he fail, the cost will be high, for the first victim to die in the ensuing bloodshed will be the god-touched boy he has sworn to protect—a child with the power to either shatter or save the world.
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SIGNED – Slayer (Darkblade #3)
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CW: violence, death, gore, torture, some others
Something’s wrong with Hailen. And since the Hunter’s specialty lies in curing men of their ills by more…permanent means, he’s going to have to find some help. But his heart is still pulling him north, and something big is lurking at the top of a mountain…
Every time I start one of the Dark Blade books, I keep expecting it to fail to live up to the grandeur of the book before it. That has yet to happen. I don’t know what sort of dark sorcery Peloquin has discovered, but if he keeps putting out books of this quality, I won’t ask questions.
As always, our MC has been given a gloriously realized cast of characters to add to his story. They all feel real and complex, and it’s so easy to get attached to them. The world of the Hunter is also incredibly detailed; it really feels like you’re running around with him (though with significantly less blood to get out of your clothing later).
The layers upon layers upon layers of depth to this story are absolutely mind boggling to me, and from start to finish I was in constant awe of how thoroughly everything came into play. You think you know what’s happening, and then you get to the end and it’s just… *extreme emotional damage* for everyone. I actually got chills finishing this one, that’s how good it was. The author also does an amazing job of really making you feel how exhausting all of this is for the Hunter. The books are long, for sure, but you get to the end and you just feel drained, like you’ve personally been fighting the hordes of evil and all of the emotional baggage that comes along with it. It’s astonishing just how much weight this book really has behind it, and it’s fantastic.
A word of caution, though, if the CWs above didn’t give it away: this is, by no means, a lovely little trip through the world of Einan. The Hunter is the very embodiment of a morally gray antihero (and he’s finally starting to come to terms with exactly what that means for him). It’s a glorious journey, but it’s savage. I don’t have a weak stomach, but this book had graphic depictions of torture (and death and violence and…), and it started to make me a little green at times. So, take that into consideration before you start the series.
Having said that, you need to read the series. If dark fantasy is your thing, and you’re good with a really solid depiction of the terrible parts of that sort of world, you’re going to love these books. The writing is solid and the story is absolutely phenomenal!
Book 3 does not disappoint! The action and characters are so real. I felt the Hunters pain and anguish. His joy and sorrow. The series keeps getting better and the world is getting richer with each new character. I am rooting for a demon to beat the odds.
This is number 5 and I have to admit getting better with every single one. He shall be sorely missed as the next one is the last. I am expecting a seriously dramatic climax. Very highly recommended.
Just when you think a series cannot get any better it just does, this the 3rd book in the Darkblade Series is I believe the most powerful yet. The Hunter is travelling with Halien, the boy he took from the House of Need after he massacred everyone, he is the only person who ever stilled the voices in his head and now his eyes had turned purple, hunter knew he was special and that he had to protect this boy whatever the cost. He travels to Kara-Ket, to the twin temples at the peak of the highest mountain range, the Shana Laal in search of the Sage who he wanted to kill. The sage is an Abiarazi who seems to be pulling the strings of all the other Abiarazi the hunter encountered. When he arrives at the twin temples he finds out that the Warmaster and his Masters of Agony live in the other temple and he plays a game, playing them off agianst each other, intending to kill both demons never realising the danger he was putting himself into and the game the sage was playing with him as his pawn. He learns a lot about his past from Master Eldor, an Elivasti he knew before and discovers that Halien was in more danger than ever because of the Irrsinnon, the madness which afflicts all Elivasti and which he could not let Halien fall prey too. This book is not for the fainthearted, the experiences Hunter has at the cruel and sadistic Warmaster's hands in his torture chamber are scary and had hunter not been an immortal Buceleraii, he definitely would not have survived. I, being totally human and a big wimp died in his place I think just from fear through my imagination at the vivid and detailed descriptions. A very gripping dark book which continues to keep us wanting to read about this amazing character, the Hunter! So onward to Enarium.
Andy is going to be the death of me, he plays my heartstrings like a violin, so fast and furious, they're in danger of snapping!
Imagine having a voice in your head constantly demanding, compelling and literally screaming at you to kill. And a dagger wanting to slurp up blood, how is one supposed to stay sane? I love how the Hunter negotiates with both, tying to keep the demon's bloodlust at bay.
Love seeing how a scrap of a boy, Hailen, can totally undo the hardened, deadly assassin. Yet the emotions the Hunter has for Hailen, his need to protect him, the concern he feels, are so endearing, so human. He will do everything in his power to keep Hailen safe, and he does.
Snippets of memories keep surfacing but the Hunter struggles to make sense of them. All he knows is that he needs to find the woman from his dreams, that she is somehow the key to unlocking his memory, he has to find her.
I was totally riveted by the Hunter's encounter with the Sage and the Elivasti city, especially when he stumbles across Master Eldor, I could feel his excitement and amazement, almost like a school kid with a favourite teacher, delightful! The scenes during his stay there are, to me, heartbreaking, the Hunter's lack of acceptance and affection given to him is so vividly portrayed, he subconsciously yearns for it and I have to remind myself I'm NOT there with him, I CAN'T hug him, which brings me to my opening sentence, violin, heartstrings, twang!
The way Andy writes, I'm propelled into this world, almost like I've entered a virtual reality world, you know, where you put on those VR glasses and suddenly everything you feel, smell, taste feels real. Those final few chapters had me almost sobbing with despair and anguish.
The plot, the pace, the world building is incredibly gripping. The fight scenes are always so amazing, so spectacular. My goodness me, if it's action you're after, if it's lies and betrayal, if it's just pure unadulterated phenomenal penmanship, this is the book for you!