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Publisher's Summary

His blind fury is infamous, his strength without rival, but the legend of the man known as the Butcher of Khardov was forged in a crucible of pain.... The legacy of the massacre near Boarsgate at the hand of the warcaster Orsus Zoktavir has followed him his whole life - but it is another memory that fuels both his rage and his will to live. Before he was one of Khador’s most potent weapons he was simply a young man striving to make a life for himself, and for his beloved, free of the violence that came so easily to him. Her gentle presence helps him quell his simmering temper, but fate changes everything, sweeping him up in events that would lead to grief and madness.

Learn the tragic history of Orsus Zoktavir and plumb the depths of his rage in The Butcher of Khardov.

©2013 Privateer Press (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

Critic Reviews

  • 2014 Hugo Award nominee, Best Novella

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  • Andrew
  • 16-02-2014

The tragic tale of Orsus Zoktavir

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

There is no single moment that is moving as you see the fragments of Orsus' mind come together you feel sorry for the man who would become known as the Butcher.

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This is a dark secret that many have pondered on for over a decade. Listen now the tale of what made Orsus Zoktavir into the Butcher of Khardov and the tragedy carried by the axe known as Lola.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-05-2021

I enjoyed this story!

I may be impartial, the story is about one of my favorite characters in a table top board game, I enjoyed this story very much.

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  • James Studer
  • 21-03-2020

Overly convoluted by design

This story is interesting, the charachters are decently developed and the voice performance is excelent. That being said the author chops the story up into multiple scenes and then mixes up the story line for what reason other than to be confusing i wouldnt know. Then he ends the book with a non sequitur. thus i give it 2 stars overall.

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  • ryan
  • 16-04-2018

a step in to the mind of a mad man

if you'd ever wondered how Khador got a maniac to lead men into combat here's the answers

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  • Autumn
  • 02-08-2017

So sad I put off listening to this...

Honestly, I don't know anything about this universe, and while it was a little disorienting at first, it's so well written that I knew everything I needed to.

I was amazed at the writing quality. Like, damn.

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  • J. Rashilla
  • 20-10-2016

Soul Gripping

Dan Wells is a master of his craft. His book will tear your heart and leave you crying on the floor. Run and leave while you yet can. It is a beautiful tragedy, to love and to have love violently severed. If you listen to the tale here, you may find your life is never the same again. He pulls no punches and will make you feel the shame of the Butcher of Khardov.

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  • mike
  • 21-03-2015

Yup

It gave me what it promissed :) great book about khadors greatest hero and his tragic life

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  • Michael
  • 10-06-2014

A great look into the Iron Kingdoms

What did you love best about The Butcher of Khardov?

This book does one of the most interesting characters of the Iron Kingdoms justice. His furry and insanity are well portrayed and justified. And the way the story jumps perspectives is a great way of telling this story.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The Butcher himself.

Which character – as performed by Marc Vietor – was your favorite?

The Butcher himself.

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