Scourge of the Betrayer (Bloodsounders Arc, Book 1)

Scourge of the Betrayer by Jeff Salyards
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Similar Authors From NoveList. Having problems with the follow gadget so use the little orange square to the right of the "Join this site" button. Post a Comment. Some say that the Syldoon eat virgins and babies—or perhaps their own mothers. Archiving the mundane doings of millers and merchants was tedious, but at least it was safe.

As Arki heads off on a mysterious mission into parts unknown, in the company of the coarse, bloody-minded Syldoon, he is promised a chance to finally record an historic adventure well worth the telling, but first he must survive the experience! This book was extremely enjoyable for me, it had a feel similar to some other grimdark books I have read in the past and loved.

One word that comes to mind to describe this book is atmospheric; it exuded grit and gloom.

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Detailed and riveting. Arki can only tell the reader what he himself knows as he learns it. Lists with This Book. Perhaps it will suffice for me to write that Scourge of the Betrayer took everything that I love about grimdark, added in a touch of realism, and coupled those things with a slow-developing, character-driven story that made me constantly strive to figure out what was going on. I particularly loved the first person POV. I liked Glen Cook's series, but didn't get into his characters or take to his writing the same way I took to Jeff Salyards'.

Sacred artists follow a thousand Paths to power, using their souls to control the forces of the natural world. Lindon is Unsouled, forbidden to learn the sacred arts of his clan. When faced with a looming fate he cannot ignore, he must rise beyond anything he's ever known Mankind has lorded over the land of Illian for a thousand years, enjoying what was left to them by the elves, as if it were their birthright. A thousand years is a long time for an immortal race to see the error of their ways and realize a truth that has remained unsaid for a millennia - elves are superior!

They are faster, stronger, and connected to the magical world in a way that man could never grasp. Illian is their birthright.

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The six kingdoms of man are fractured, unallied and always clawing at each other's doors for more power. Thrust into a world of mythical assassins, a madman with superhuman strength, and a nagging ball of light with a superiority complex who claims to be the embodiment of compassion, Aaron takes on his hardest job yet - staying alive. Welcome to the Five Isles, where war has come in the name of the invading army of Sor Sevier, a merciless host driven by the prophetic fervor of the Angel Prince, Aeros, toward the last unconquered kingdom of Gul Kana.

Yet Gault, one of the elite Knights Archaic of Sor Sevier, is growing disillusioned by the crusade he is at the vanguard of just as it embarks on his Lord Aeros' greatest triumph. While the eldest son of the fallen king of Gul Kana now reigns in ever increasing paranoid isolationism, his two sisters seek their own paths.

It has been 20 years since the end of the war. The dictatorial Augurs, once thought of almost as gods, were overthrown and wiped out during the conflict, their much-feared powers mysteriously failing them. Those who had ruled under them, men and women with a lesser ability known as the Gift, avoided the Augurs' fate only by submitting themselves to the rebellion's Four Tenets. In just a few short years, Richard K. Morgan has vaulted to the pinnacle of the science fiction world. Now he turns his iconoclastic talents to epic fantasy, crafting a darkly violent, tautly plotted adventure sure to thrill old fans and captivate new readers.

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In a world scarred by an apocalyptic past, evoking a time both 2, years past and 2, years into the future, untold thousands gather for a crusade. The Darkness That Comes Before is a history of this great holy war, and like all histories, the survivors write its conclusion. After the War of the Gods, the demons were cast out and fell to the world. Mankind was nearly eradicated by the seemingly unstoppable beasts until the gods sent the great hero, Ramrowan, to save them. He united the tribes, gave them magic, and drove the demons into the sea. Ever since, the land has belonged to man, and the oceans have remained an uncrossable hell, leaving the continent of Lok isolated.

Once every year, in the city of Sunja, gladiators meet within the arena known as Sunja's Pit. Some men enter for the lure of fortune, some for the fame, and some simply for the fight. The games continue for days until a champion is finally crowned. Or until all involved perish. Four companions struggle to change their lives in and out of the arena as it becomes clear that to be a Free Trained pit fighter is to live with a mark on one's head.

Some feel the Lady, newly risen from centuries in thrall, stands between humankind and evil. Some feel she is evil itself.

Scourge of the Betrayer

The hardbitten men of the Black Company take their pay and do what they must, burying their doubts with their dead - until the prophesy: The White Rose has been reborn, somewhere, to embody good once more. There must be a way for the Black Company to find her Druss, Captain of the Axe: the stories of his life were told everywhere. Instead of the wealth and fame he could have claimed, he had chosen a mountain lair, high in the lonely country bordering on the clouds.

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There the grizzled old warrior kept company with snow leopards and awaited his old enemy, death. Narrator Chris Chung's youthful, likeable voice quickly makes naive young scribe Arkamondos familiar and sympathetic as he leaves his dull life to chronicle the exploits of a band of rugged Syldoon warriors. In contrast to Arki's thoughtful nature, Chung adds texture and roughness to the voices of the bluff, often-crude Syldoon. Arki's adventure with the Syldoon is filled with bouts of violence and political intrigue, and Chung performs these scenes with energy while keeping Arki's wide-eyed perspective intact.

As Arki shakes off his small-town innocence, events unfold that hint at a larger conflict yet to come. Many tales are told of the Syldoon Empire and its fearsome soldiers, who are known throughout the world for their treachery and atrocities. Some say that the Syldoon eat virgins and babies-or perhaps their own mothers.

Arkamondos, a bookish young scribe, suspects that the Syldoon's dire reputation may have grown in the retelling, but he's about to find out for himself. Hired to chronicle the exploits of a band of rugged Syldoon warriors, Arki finds himself both frightened and fascinated by the men's enigmatic leader, Captain Braylar Killcoin. A secretive, mercurial figure haunted by the memories of those he's killed with his deadly flail, Braylar has already disposed of at least one impertinent scribe Archiving the mundane doings of millers and merchants was tedious, but at least it was safe.

As Arki heads off on a mysterious mission into parts unknown, in the company of the coarse, bloody-minded Syldoon, he is promised a chance to finally record an historic adventure well worth the telling, but first he must survive the experience! A gripping military fantasy in the tradition of Glen Cook, Scourge of the Betrayer explores the brutal politics of Empire-and the searing impact of violence and dark magic on a man's soul.

Would you listen to Scourge of the Betrayer again?

I loved the story, having read the book. But I didn't really care for the narrator; also, the audio was mixed poorly, if I'm phrasing it properly It would stop and start when the narrator reached a section; I could tell when one recording session started and one ended.

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What did you like best about this story? I loved the characters; I like repartee in the dialogue and also mild understatement, both of which were common in this book.

I also loved the action sequences. There were not many, and they were not spectacular; they were In a melee, one man protecting himself against five is cause for concern, regardless of his skill.

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The writing reflects this. Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Chris Chung? Steven Pacey, without a doubt.