Meet The Hunter, contract killer in the world of Einan, perhaps not of Einan - but that is not all; he his also a slave to a dagger called Soulhunger which demands souls, leaving a tally mark for each collected somewhere on his body. A killer he may seem to be, but he is not what he appears - and is certainly much more. A master of disguise, he is old - older than should be natural - and he remembers nothing beyond his life here, but he should.
Such is the main character of Blade the Destroyer, the first in The Last Bucelarii series by Andy Peloquin, and a fine start to a gripping new series. It is a harsh world of brutal struggle where only the fittest survive, and few have true friends to rely on. An enigma, the Hunter fears nothing other than weapons of iron. He keeps his true face hidden, and woe be to anyone who manages to see it.
Blade the Destroyer paints a brilliant tapestry of a world; a combination of what was, what could have been, and what could never truly exist - we hope. It is a world of the past, easily understood in our present, but with small hints of magic. It is an unpleasant land in an enjoyable tale.
Andy Peloquin crafts a tale centred on a questionable character - a killer, but a character with depth; someone relatable. Certainly his actions are vile, but his motivations may not be. A tortured soul following the blood-lust of his very weapon, the Hunter may be considered to be more hero than villain. The world of Einan is almost tactile in its descriptions, and it is easy to be caught up in the mystery. Before you realize, hours have passed yet you feel like you've only read for a few minutes.
I don't know how many instalments are planned for this series, but at this point there are likely not enough. After this book I may not want the series to ever end. Until the next instalment, beware the Hunter!
over of All Things Dark and Mysterious
Andy Peloquin--a third culture kid to the core--has loved to read since before he could remember. Sherlock Holmes, the Phantom of the Opera, and Father Brown are just a few of the books that ensnared his imagination as a child.
When he discovered science fiction and fantasy through the pages of writers like Edgar Rice Burroughs, J.R.R Tolkien, and Orson Scott Card, he was immediately hooked and hasn't looked back since.
Andy's first attempt at writing produced In the Days: A Tale of the Forgotten Continent. He has learned from the mistakes he made and used the experience to produce Blade of the Destroyer, a book of which he is very proud.
Reading—and now writing—is his favorite escape, and it provides him an outlet for his innate creativity. He is an artist; words are his palette.
His website ( http://www.andypeloquin.com ) is a second home for him, a place where he can post his thoughts and feelings--along with reviews of books he finds laying around the internet.
He can also be found on his social media pages, such as:
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