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Darkblade Assassin

Hero of Darkness, Book 1
Narrated by: Marc Vietor
Series: Hero of Darkness, Book 1
Length: 12 hrs and 53 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (6 ratings)

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The best assassin in the world doesn’t come cheap. Betraying him will cost your soul.

The Hunter is a name feared by all in Voramis. He is an outcast, driven by a cursed dagger with an unquenchable thirst for blood and death.

Yet he follows one simple code: Kill those who truly deserve to die. His creed is put to the test when, deceived by a shadowy employer, he unknowingly slaughters an innocent man.

With the most powerful criminal organization in the city after his head, the Hunter must fight for his life and find a way to atone for his mistake. When his enemies harm the people under his protection, it will take much more than an army criminals to stand in the way of his revenge.

©2018 Andy Peloquin (P)2019 Podium Publishing

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  • Cindy
  • 09-02-2019

Outstanding !!!

Oh my, this is awesome. Intense, heart wrenching and the satisfaction of seeing retribution. I love the Hunter and can't wait to hear more.

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  • von
  • 28-01-2019

Well Started!!

The hardest part of any series is the start. This series sinks into your mind and keeps you guessing till the curtains begin to open on Act 2.

Can't wait for the next book. Love your Fantasy Fiends Podcast as well.

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  • Johnny Olivarez
  • 25-01-2019

Clueless Antihero

main character seems to be skilled. But is completely clueless. Even things that seemed obvious are lost on him. making him completely arrogant one minute and just another dumbass the next. overall it was an okay story. not too much of a struggle to finish

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  • Julie Moran
  • 09-05-2019

Well...

I don't mind that it was written in omniscient point of view, though it isn't a style I see often--or perhaps its that this one was so poorly executed that it sticks out wretchedly from others... Here's where it faultered: It got just a bit too tiring as the reader is constantly reminded of the lead character's physical struggles; when was he not hurt bad, exhausted or sad? Listen, I like a tormented bad-boy as much as the next gal, maybe moreso, but this guy never caught a break! And on the occasion that he lightened up it was a welcome relief! It just didn't happen often enough. The fight scenes too between the lead and ... well... everyone, were just a bit too drawn out to the point of frustration. Then there was the torture.... given what we knew about the character's mortality, there was no real sense of jeapordy, just a tired reader wondering when it would end.

All that aside, the twist at the end, along with the narrator's good performance, leave me open to sampling the 2nd book in the series. There is a lot of room for improvement and I'm reaaaaally hoping Mr. Peloquin takes advantage of that. Sooner, rather than later. Because I do like me a good tormented lead but I want it done well and not by some prepubescent girl. If I did, I'd read any number of fanfictions and be satisfied.

And with that, I may have just talked myself out of giving book 2 a go. Oh well, maybe time will heal....

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  • MIS
  • 30-08-2019

Why I love this book

Here's why I love this book ... it has vomiting, bleeding, bones breaking, horrible smelling people, the stench of garbage and people losing control of their bowels about every 10 minutes. Couple that with a narrator who is acting so furiously, he is in danger of pulling an oblique. Oh, and demons, can't forget about that.

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  • MasterTorian
  • 27-01-2019

Good story, but a bit predictable

The narrator was quite good. Voices and inflections could have been a bit better, but on the whole he did an excellent job.

As far as the story, I'm rating it a bit higher than I feel it really deserves because a big part of that is personal taste.

The book is very well written, the story keeps moving while offering good character development and world building with very few hiccups in the prose.

That said, the main character seems really cool at first, but the whole amnesiac thing really annoys me.

Now, I understand that his ongoing quest to recover his memories is a (or possibly THE) thing driving the series, but it irks the hell of of me.

I'm all for badass antiheroes with few (if any) morals, but a code best described as complicated. Or even those who really have no code, no morals, and no ethics, and just send up being heroes for selfish reasons. I can get behind all that.

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I need to be able to see a reason for why they are the way they are. Telling me "is his nature" just doesn't work for me.

And while it is distinctly possible that we get a lot more of the Hunter's history in later books, right now all I'm getting is, he is the way he is because of what he is. And yet, none of the others are like him. So again I have to ask, why?

It's possible I may pick up the next book or two when they release in audio to see if my questions are answered, but I'm not in any big hurry to do so.

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