The Cost of Betrayal, (The Half-Orcs, Book 2)
on June 12, 2011
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.
Internet fury fiction, and old pleasure far too long unindulged. The price for the e-books is a little high, but to be expected for a specialty product that doesn't aim for mass market appeal. The story is touching and pleasant to read, and the included artwork is a very nice touch I wish more books would include.
Kormak adaptation of Yojimbo...brilliant and well played. The Kormak series has to be on of my favorite fantasy series in a long time (albeit, one in need of a copy edtor.) A well protrayed paladin archtype charater (outside of a fairy tale) is a rare treat.