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  • Title: Scourge of the Betrayer
  • Author: Jeff Salyards
  • ISBN: 9781597804516
  • Page: 248
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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.HireMany 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 and Arki might be next.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.
    Scourge of the Betrayer 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 t

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    1. So, I liked this book a lot Jeff Salyards is a good story teller and the book leads you on easily it s never a chore that s an achievement right there Most novels have dull spots, Scourge went down smooth and swift.It s a book with plenty of violence, small scale frays take up a fair portion of the narrative people aren t simply cut down and forgotten, the combats are detailed and protracted, there are no supermen here.Scourge of the Betrayer s really novel aspect happens to be one that I encoun [...]

    2. Originally reviewed at Bookwraiths Scourge of the Betrayer is one of those rare books A novel that takes the familiar tropes of a particular genre, tweaks them ever so slightly until you a long time reader find that your expectations of that genre have been suddenly raised to a new level.And how did Jeff Salyards do that, you ask Well, mainly, he did it by refusing to be confined by the familiar, formulaic pattern of grimdark fantasy Where most grims cover their pages with equal parts gore coate [...]

    3. This is the best book Salyards has written to date No joke In the interest of transparency, I have to confess I have a mad man crush on the guy In fact, some might accuse me of stalking him Which is stupid to admit, I know if someone ever took Salyards out, I m sure I d be a serious person of interest Anyway, the book is pretty good Give it a look.

    4. 4.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum bibliosanctum 201UPDATED Interview with the author bibliosanctum 201If you want to see a cool way to tackle dark fantasy, look no further than this novel It d been sitting on my shelf for a while, and earlier this month I finally picked it up It didn t take than a few pages for me to realize I was looking at a very special book.Jeff Salyards approach to storytelling gave me a very unique experience For one thing, I thought I had a pretty good bead on what I l [...]

    5. Arki, short for Arkamandos, has been hired on as a scribe by a band of Syldoon, the most feared and treacherous soldiers in the world Why did he accept this work Well, it seemed a good idea at the time he just wanted to get out and maybe see a little adventure.This may have also been the worst decision of his life As mentioned, the Syldoon aren t the kindest of people, nor are they even that pleasant to have a drink with as we learn early on They have some sort of plan, of which nothing is told [...]

    6. I actually finished Scourge of the Betrayer last week, but it s taken me a few days to decide precisely how to approach a review It s such an oddly structured novel, and one that forgoes so many genre cliches, I wanted to give myself time to separate the novelty of the reading experience from the story itself.Most fantasy novels begin with a very clear explanation of who the characters are, what the story is about, and where the story is going the author immediately defines a goal, a destination [...]

    7. So I had a hard time with this book On the one hand, the writing is excellent, it s grimdark, and I always love some snarky characters On the other, I just couldn t seem to get into the story I will say I m always scared to read books where I ve read a lot of great reviews beforehand Sometimes i think my expectations are just too high going in.I don t have a problem being thrown straight into a book and taking time to have the story and the world revealed to me I have read Malazan after all In S [...]

    8. Very enjoyable grim dark fantasy read Awesome action fight scenes, savoury cynical characters, plenty of foul language and black humour Recommended for epic and grim dark fantasy readers, especially Abercombie and G.Cook fans I could ve chosen any scribe to record this, but I chose you Among many And you ll have the rarest of opportunities to record something exceptional firsthand For now, I ll tell you this much All empires crumble All borders change All kingdoms die Where I m taking you, you l [...]

    9. Reminiscent of The Black Company, only better.Arki s POV is unique in that he is not truly the protagonist he is only recording what the main character, Captain Braylar Killcoin, is doing Most of the time, Arki doesn t know what is happening, and therefore, the reader also doesn t know Looking at the story through Arki s eyes is such great fun to try to guess what the motivations behind decisions are, and trying to discern when Braylar and the Syldoons are lying to him When reading darker fantas [...]

    10. Review from Tenacious Reader tenaciousreader 2016 0The final book in the Bloodsounder s Arc recently released, and the number of trusted sources that not just recommend, but highly recommend the series just could not be ignored any What I have heard is this first book is really good, but the next two are amazing So, I went into this with solid expectations of a good read, and hopes of getting started in a fantastic series.So far, my friends have not led me astray The story is told by a scribe, [...]

    11. Updated summer 2016 bit of a review for this book and a bit for the series as a whole.Really loved this book on a second reading A superior Fantasy novel Somewhat Grimdark Kinda Sword Sorcery A wee tad like Joe Abercrombie Mostly it s own singular thing Character heavy with some terrific action sequences Masterful world building, slowly revealed without dense exposition or infodumps Gracefully told The opening book might appear a bit slight at first glance It s not at all Go ahead and check out [...]

    12. Not bad, not bad at all Rating, 4.5Despite the pretty low GR rating of 3.54, it was a fairly great first book Not perfect but also without a dull moment.Review to come.

    13. A decent enough book Faced paced with plenty of fight scenes, and information about the world is slowly revealed as the book progresses The lack of chapters was frustrating, but this is just a personal gripe The ending sets p the next book, which I am now starting on I am hoping the characters are built on and progress well.

    14. I very much enjoyed it Loved it s pacing, mysterious story and great characters which are very well written, especially Captain Killcoin, looking forward to see how he develops further in the story view spoiler I was sad for Lloi s death, but I hadn t expect to see her ride off into the sunset on an unicorn after that battle, otherwise it wouldn t be called grimdark hide spoiler Looking forward reading rest of the trilogy.

    15. Book Info Genre Fantasy Quest fantasyReading Level AdultRecommended for Fans of quest fantasy, those who enjoy watching someone na ve grow and learnMy Thoughts This book is told from Arki s point of view, and as an observant young man and scribe, we re treated to a much different view of the world than we would have if we were to watch these same events through any of the captain s team Watching the events as an outsider was quite fascinating, and I have to give the author props for maintaining [...]

    16. Solid start to a very intruiging story I particularly loved the first person POV Often its quite easy to become de sensitised to the violence and death in books, but this was refreshing in a sense that the main protaganist is just a lowly scribe completely unused to the soldiering life A different take on military fantasy, and excicuted very well I think I will like this series very much

    17. Edit Original review I tilted to 2 stars Decreasing to 1 star to offset the authors own rating of 5 stars Don t be a douchebag author and rate your own book 5 stars.Scourge of the Betrayer what to say To start with, I may be able to save you some time and money by revising the description of this story to Captain Killcoin orders somebody usually, but not limited to, his own men under his command to do something, they question his authority, and then we get 10 pages of Killcoin putting on his Ham [...]

    18. Fantasy Review BarnIf I were a scribe who had spent my life dealing with stories from the dullest people in the world would I have taken the opportunity Would I have dropped what I was doing and taken commission from a band of warriors Syldoon warriors, men rud to be the nastiest of nasty would I have willingly gone with them with no direction and no assurances of what was to come Damn right I would.This is a book that deals with the smaller scale by design There is no epic war going on, no big [...]

    19. How refreshing to read a fantasy book that s just over 250 pages The book was concise, entertaining and intriguing I m dying to know about Captain Killcoin What is the secret with that flail he carries around The story is told from the point of view of Killcoin s scribe Arki Arki may not have realised just how dangerous this new job was going to be Killcoin and his troop are on a mission and they are revealing very little to Arki Luckily Arki loves to ask questions and that might help him unrav [...]

    20. Reviewed at Adventures in SciFi PublishingNot only are there a lot of Fantasy books out there to choose from, Grimdark no less, but in the next three months I have a large stack of books coming out that are all competing for this genre s attention I m not going to list those other books because Jeff Salyards book, Scourge of the Betrayer, deserves to be cracked open You can even enjoy the fact that the sequel, Veil of Deserters, comes out mid May and picks up right where Scourge left off.Scourge [...]

    21. This is a great novel, and it is perfect for fans of military fantasy The pace of the novel is rather slow, as the author gives every detail of the narrator s experience The most exciting parts of the novel for me were definitely the battle scenes, but the entire book exudes a sense of realism that is often hard to find in the fantasy genre As for tone, I found the novel to be a cross between Joe Abercrombie and Glen Cook s novels This is definitely a unique dark fantasy, and I am looking forwar [...]

    22. Very good novel I particularly liked the intimate writing, rich of details the realistic approach to how a scribe perceives and experiences the life of soldiers and their skirmishes and battles and last but not least the that we only get to know the bigger story in a very slow and fragmented way together with Arki A lot of questions remain unanswered though, so bring on the second book 4 stars

    23. The rest of you can do what you like with your hours Drink, dice, what have you Only don t tussle with the city watch, don t draw attention to yourself, and don t spill any blood Vendurro shook his head, So, lock ourselves in our rooms is what you re saying

    24. I was struggling in the beginning to know who was who and what was going on But halfway through I really started to enjoy this story It got better and better and I am now really looking forward to reading book 2.

    25. Really enjoyed this, my only complaint would be it was to short and deserved to be a bigger novel The story is excellent and also the characters there is the goody two shoes scribe Arki who concentrates on not killing anyone, the mysterious Captain Braylar with a sinister possessed flail who is the outstanding character of the book and his company of men who s interaction is often humorous, typical of soldiers who work closely together for long periods of time.The story is tense and violent at t [...]

    26. While I generally don t get into military type stories, something about the reviews sparked my interest in this trilogy I m glad I did Braylar is now one of my favorite characters in literature.

    27. What a great start Very strong 4 starsnns books 2016 01 22 scoScourge of the Betrayer is the first of the Bloodsounder s Arc series by Jeff Salyards I really enjoyed this I have to say although when it comes down to writing a review I confess it s quite difficult.The story follows a relatively small band of characters, soldiers, on something of a military adventure We get off to an immediate start and learn in relatively short order a few of the key characters and what they re about Arkamondos o [...]

    28. So this book is aboutBraylar Arki well, I m not quite sure, really Let s move onto plotwell, I m not really sure what exactly is going on there, either, as I have a feeling this book only showed the tip of the iceberg in that regard How about a quick recap of the action There was lots of traveling, fighting, death, some torture, lots of questions, some answers, some death and a scribe telling us all about it Somehow even with all the unanswered questions and my thoughts of where is this all goi [...]

    29. There is here than meets the eye Scourge of the Betrayer starts fairly slow and it does take some time to fully grip the reader, but the action is nearly nonstop, and the grit is plentiful, which will appeal to fans of Joe Abercrombie and his ilk The refreshing perspective of an unsoldierly scholar is incredibly unique While there are some issues with world building, and some readers might take issue with the perspective the story is being told from, there is plenty here to celebrate Scourge of [...]

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