The Cost of Betrayal, (The Half-Orcs, Book 2)

Rated 3.50/5 based on 4 reviews
Their prophet dead and their home lost, the half-bloods Harruq and Qurrah Tun form a strained alliance with a band of mercenaries. As they wage a private war against powerful thief guilds, forces greater than them all threaten to tear them apart.

Harruq must defend his family at all costs, for Qurrah’s love of a girl with a shattered mind and the power of a goddess may doom them all. More

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Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
Words: 118,250
Language: English
ISBN: 9781452365268
About David Dalglish

David Dalglish currently lives in rural Missouri with his wife Samantha, daughter Morgan, and dog Asimov. He graduated from Missouri Southern State University in 2006 and currently devotes himself to perfecting his craft. He spends his free time playing racquetball and watching PBS with his daughter.

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Review by: R. M. Fraser on Feb. 07, 2012 :
I have to say, I really enjoyed the first book, and was a little let down in the beginning of this one. Good thing that was short lived, just a couple of chapters or so. After that, it felt like David got his flow really working and the rest of the book was great! I really enjoy how the story is shaping out to be. By the end of the book the depth of the main characters really opened up to me. You really have something here David, and I'm hooked! Moving on to number three. If the beginning had the same flow as the rest of the book, I would have added a fifth star.

R. M.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Rashkae on June 12, 2011 :
Adding a rating, which I forgot on last review. I hope you don't consider 3 stars negatively. (some people are sensitive about that kind of thing.)
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Rashkae on June 12, 2011 : (no rating)
I was a little hesitant to continue this series after finishing the first giveaway. I'm very glad I decided to do so, however. As can be expected from a relatively new author, the craftmanship and writing has improved greatly, even just between these two books. There still remains the occasional error (mostly either wrong word choice and/or missing word.), but they are now very rare and barely distracting at all. The overall story, albeit 'cookie cutter' so far, remains very engaging and emotional. The dysfunctional alignment conflict in a D&D party is something that is all too often tackled in a more ham-fisted, dull cliche way. The story of Harruq and Quarrah goes a long way to craft together a cast of characters with (relatively) realistic personalities and motivations. I hope David gets the greater exposure he deserves. The books are well worth the coffee money, and should have great appeal for Salvatore/Drizzt fans.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Elizabeth McCoy on June 03, 2010 : (no rating)
Mr. Daglish could still use a copyeditor with a good grasp of punctuation (when someone asks a question, use a question mark within the quotes, and not a comma, before the "s/he asked" part), and the story drags a bit in near the middle with extremely detailed and graphic fight scenes. It's also showing its D&D roots more strongly than the first book (which could be a bonus or a drawback, depending on how one feels about D&D!). If you enjoy extremely detailed, gory, and graphic battles, though, you won't be disappointed!

Characterization is still fluffy, though with enough detail that the characters rarely feel interchangeable, and very D&D in feel -- the world rates life cheaply, and forgiveness comes easy to main characters unless it personally affects them. For me, this is jarring; the detailed combat makes me want more emotional nuance and detail as well.

However, Harruq's emotional crisis point (when he becomes [spoiler]) is well done; I hope that his redemption is achieved by his deeds, and not by "suffering enough" on its own. Qurrah, busily digging his own grave, has two moments of Plot-Required Stupidity (genre-savvy tip: when framed, the real criminal should be kept alive to testify), but the rest of the brothers' conflicts are within their characters and motivations.

It ends on not-quite-a-cliffhanger-but-close. I'm awaiting the next book -- will be looking for it after I finish the review, in fact -- but I'm probably going to be price-sensitive on it.
(reviewed long after purchase)

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